Malkekøer

Danish researchers develop new tools to help improve udder health

Tuesday 01 Sep 15
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by Anette-Bill-Jessen

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Tariq Hisham Beshara Halasa
Senior Researcher
DTU Vet
+45 35 88 61 02
The National Veterinary Institute at the Technical University of Denmark is leading a project together with FOSS Analytical A/S and SEGES (formerly, the Danish Cattle Federation) aiming at improving udder health.

The project is combining available information about the single cow with the development of a new indicator for udder health –differential cell count – in an innovative and intelligent way, says senior researcher Tariq Halasa from the National Veterinary Institute.

The project (Effective monitoring and control of mastitis; EMCo-Mast) has a total budget of approximately €2.4 million, and is focusing on early and effective diagnosis of intramammary infection (IMI).

A longitudinal field trial will be conducted in 5 Danish dairy cattle herds, in order to examine and validate the newly developed indicator. Thereafter, guidelines for cost-effective prevention and control of IMI will also be developed taking into account the available information about the individual cow, the new indictor, the IMI status and causative agent, the herd management and the importance of minimal antimicrobial usage.

This should help farmers and veterinarians to improve udder health, farm economy and animal welfare.

Professor Henk Hogeveen from Wageningen University is an external partner in the project.