Producer Profitability Matters, Right?

Published on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 4:18pm

Producer Profitability Matters, Right?

 Article and photos provided by Udder Health Systems, Inc.

 Life is a complex journey of uncertanties and nowhere is this more true than in the life of a dairy farmer. In an increasingly competitive market,  it is vital for producers to be on the offensive and control as many aspects of profitability as possible. Only the most forward-thinking and strategic operations will survive the ups and downs of the volatile economy we live in. One such aspect of control, is managing the risk of disease-causing mastitis pathogens.

Disease may be introduced and spread from a multitude of sources, including new herd additions, milking equipment or the environment. Contagious mastitis pathogens like Mycoplasma, Staphylococcus aureus, Prototheca, and Streptococcus agalactiae and systemic viral diseases such as BVD can all be propagated in this manner. Ideally, all cattle herds should be on a progressive monitoring plan at both the bulk tank and individual cow level for contagious pathogens, high somatic cell counts and other indicators of disease.

As we all know, mastitis is the most costly disease found on dairy farms and can be both clinical and subclinical, costing American dairymen on average 2 billion dollars a year. Regular milk monitoring through monthly bulk tank cultures, fresh animal, and clinical mastitis culturing provides vital  udder health data on the herd, and  also gives producers the identity of those contagious and non contagious pathogens affecting milk quality.  When cows are suffering from mastitis, their milk yield is reduced and somatic cell count (SCC) is elevated. This results in decreasing the amount of saleable milk leaving your farm and degrading the quality.  Mastitis cows add to loss of profit through treatment, dumped milk, and at times, cost of replacement. One way to prevent mastitis is through a progressive milk quality plan.

Udder Health Systems is a sophisticated bovine diagnostics lab, specializing in milk quality and udder health, and is there to protect your profit. The UHS Team utilizes advanced diagnostic methods for highly accurate and reliable results  to allow producers to make informed herd management decisions.  Our milk quailty specialists work one on one with each individual producer  and their herd veterinaian,  to create a customized udder health plan that fits each unique situation.  

Udder Health Systems opened their doors in 1978 by Dr. Allan Britten in Bellingham, Washington and has since grown to four locations, representing  more than 3,000 dairies across the United States. UHS provides a comprehensive suite of services including Bulk Tank Cultures, contagious and environmental pathogen cultures, Mycoplasma PCR, Milking Machine Safaty Evaluations, teat end health and subclinical mastitis herd surveys, parlor management consulting, Hospital management consulting, veterinary consulting, and Molecular Confirmation.