DHM How To: Culture To Achieve A Bacteriological Cure

DHM How To: Achieve A Bacteriological Cure
Certain bacteria will grow on specific agar contained with in petri dishes. ( Farm Journal )

Being able to treat mastitis effectively starts with understanding the pathogens involved with creating the infection. The only way to effectively develop a treat, no-treat protocol is through culturing milk samples from clinical mastitis cases.

In the last edition of this eight-part series on proper milking protocols, Jill Brester, herd veterinarian at Green Meadows Dairy near Elsi, Michigan provides an overview of how to take and culture a sample, then understand the bacteriological makeup of the infection. From there she can devise a treatment protocol to achieve a bacteriological cure and prevent recurring infections.