Mastitis-Reduction Project Begins with Survey of Vermont Organic Dairy Farmers

University of Vermont researchers engaged in a project to reduce mastitis are exploring how bedding and housing management can impact mastitis risk. The researchers invite organic dairy farmers in Vermont to participate in a five-minute online survey designed to assess current practices for bedding management, mastitis incidence, and animal lameness. The project will go on to collect monthly samples from farms with different types of bedding systems, so that researchers can learn and share the effect of bedding management on mastitis risk and milk quality. Project Co-Director Deb Neher says, “Our preliminary research shows that bedded pack housing systems may support conditions that promote udder health and milk quality. So now we’re seeking to gather information from certified commercial organic farms and get a closer look to compare how different systems impact animal health and milk yield.”