Participate in mastitis research and stand a chance to win

Milk SA is conducting a survey on resistance to the available antibiotics in lactating cows with mastitis as part of one of the projects falling under its Research and Development portfolio.

Dairy farmers will shortly receive an email or letter requesting them to participate in this Milk SA-sponsored research programme. This is a complex issue with the on-farm management of mastitis providing the context in which antimicrobial resistance (AMR) might occur. Any study of AMR would be incomplete without attempting to benchmark those relevant mastitis management factors that exist on South African dairies today.

Mastitis is a complex interaction of several factors – infectious agent, cow, environment and people – hence the value of a detailed survey.  The investigators include Dr Martin van der Leek, BVSc, MS from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort and Nicolene Schlimmer, his MSc postgraduate student, together with Prof. Henk Hogeveen, MSc, PhD from the Wageningen University, The Netherlands and Leen Leenaerts, his MS postgraduate student. The Dutch expertise lies in their extensive survey experience and their study of the economics of animal health. The survey can also be completed by clicking HERE . For further information please contact: Nicolene Schlimmer at 076 183 9909 or survey.mastitis@gmail.com.

Please return your responses to us by 17:00 on Friday, 13 May 2016.  A prize of R3 000 is offered to each of the following districts: the Western Cape (one each for the western, central and eastern regions), the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and Limpopo. They will be awarded by lucky draw as a 1st prize of R2 000 and a 2nd prize of R1 000.  Only surveys submitted by the due date will be eligible. Please participate and contribute to improving the success rate when treating bovine mastitis.

Published on Mon, 9th May 2016 - 11:59

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