Estimation of the costs of mastitis, using National Animal Health Monitoring System and milk somatic cell count data.

J. K. Lightner, G. Y. Miller, W. D. Hueston, C. R. Dorn

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Abstract

Data collected by the National Animal Health Monitoring System in Ohio for a 12-month period during 1986 and 1987 were used to determine the relative magnitude of costs associated with mastitis in the following categories: milk production loss, veterinary services, drugs, producer labor, and "other" factors. The cost of milk loss associated with mastitis that was reported by producers cooperating in the National Animal Health Monitoring System program was compared with estimates based on bulk tank somatic cell counts and individual cow milk somatic cell counts. Using producer-reported estimates, milk loss accounted for about one third of the total cost associated with mastitis. When estimates of milk loss were replaced by estimates based on bulk tank somatic cell counts, milk loss accounted for over 80% of the total cost of mastitis. Estimates of the cost of milk loss based on studies relating milk yield to somatic cell counts differed considerably. Consequently, it was unclear how to best estimate the relative magnitude of the milk loss component of mastitis costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1413
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume192
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 1988

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