There is a new edition of the primary bovine mastitis reference for dairy producers now available. The fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis from the National Mastitis Council is an 80-page book for dairy producers, veterinarians, educators, sanitarians, field personnel and consumers. It discusses the basic theories of mastitis control, with updates based on new knowledge gained and technologies developed since the last edition. Previous editions were published in 1963, 1978 and 1987. It was last updated in 1998.

In all five editions, NMC included an illustration that shows the interactions among the many agents that can cause mastitis, the host (cow) and the environment. The importance of this interaction is reflected in the fact that the practical control of mastitis is either accomplished by reducing the exposure of the mammary gland to mastitis-causing agents or enhancing the resistance of the cow to the disease.

Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis includes information, photographs and illustrations, regarding intramammary pathogen sources and transmission, the course of mastitis and mastitis control and treatment methods. In addition, it contains the latest practices to help milk quality professionals prevent, control and treat mastitis. The book also includes a glossary and index.

To order the book, which costs $29.95 for NMC members and $34.95 for non-members, plus shipping, mail, fax or e-mail your order to: National Mastitis Council, PO Box 156, New Prague, MN 56071 USA, fax: (952) 758-5813, e-mail: den@nmconline.org.

Writing committee members for the fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis included Elizabeth A. Berry, Animax, Hereford, United Kingdom; J. Eric Hillerton, Drumlanrig, Cambridge, New Zealand; Henk Hogeveen, Wageningen University & Research Center, Wageningen, Netherlands; Joseph S. Hogan, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio; Stephen C. Nickerson, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Stephen P. Oliver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gina M. Pighetti, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Paul Rapnicki, Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield, Ind.; Ynte H. Schukken, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; and K. Larry Smith, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio.

Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis was NMC’s first publication. Thousands of copies have been distributed around the world.