Reducing antibiotic use through On Farm Culture and Selective Treatment of Clinical Mastitis

Reducing antibiotic usage in dairy farms by using selective treatment of clinical mastitis after using a new on farm culture test kit (MastDecide)

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Field Lab Timeline

    9/30/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Methods discussion

    Methods discussion
  • 2/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Proposal agreed, funding awarded

    Proposal agreed, funding awarded
  • 4/4/2019 11:00:00 PM
  • Initial meetings

    Initial meetings
  • 4/11/2019 11:00:00 PM
  • Training farmers and vets

    Training farmers and vets
  • 4/16/2019 11:00:00 PM
  • Farmer training for test kits

    Farmer training for test kits
  • 4/25/2019 11:00:00 PM
  • Start sample collection

    Start sample collection
  • 7/29/2019 11:00:00 PM
  • Interim meeting

    Interim meeting
  • 3/31/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Completion of data collection

    Completion of data collection
  • 4/10/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Data analysis

    Data analysis
  • 4/23/2020 11:00:00 PM
  • Final meeting and review of results

    Final meeting and review of results
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  • Achievements

    March 2019

    Data collection - recruitment

    This field lab is open to farmers and their farm vets interested in reducing antibiotics as a treament for mastitis in dairy cows.

    Farmers and vets commit to treat half the cases conventionally with antibiotics as agreed with the vet in the herd health plan and half the cases according to on farm culture result, using the new MastDecide test. Only mild to moderate clinical mastitis cases are included in the trial, cases where the milk is unchanged (subclinical mastitis) and cases where the cow is sick are excluded.

    The farm vet is involved in training and coaching the farmer through the process and is the first point of call for any issues. The farmer and vet will also be supported by the researcher, Peter Plate. If the farmer needs an incubator the field lab may be able to subsidise up to 50% of this cost, with the farmer able to retain the incubator for use after the trial.

    If you are based in the south of England and you are interested in participating in this field lab, contact Peter Plate: pplate@rvc.ac.uk

    Milestone: Start sample collection

    February 2019

    Research fund grant approved

    The field lab methodology has been agreed and a Research Fund grant has been awarded to contribute towards the purchase of incubators, bacteriology, and training for farmers to ensure effective sample taking, incubation and plate reading.

    Milestone: Proposal agreed, funding awarded

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