Use of Rapid Culture Systems to Guide Clinical Mastitis Treatment Decisions

Alfonso Lago, Sandra M. Godden

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The selective treatment of clinical mastitis based on culture results can reduce antibiotic use by more than 50% without sacrificing treatment efficacy. Local laboratories reporting results in a 24-hour period, or adoption of on-farm milk culture systems, allow producers to make strategic treatment decisions. On-farm culture systems are most reliable when used to classify infections in broad diagnostic categories such as no growth, gram-positive, or gram-negative growth. Diagnostic accuracy is crucial for on-farm culture systems to be efficacious and economically advantageous. Quality assurance is necessary for the success of on-farm culture systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-412
Number of pages24
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2018

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  • Judicious use of antibiotics
  • On-farm culture
  • Rapid culture systems
  • Reduction of antibiotic use
  • Selective treatment of mastitis


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