In New Zealand the dairy cow has been developed as a “milk machine” meaning that the animals have been selectivly bred over several generations (say 30 years) to produce milk volume and other less economic characters the upshot of this has been a lowering of the disease of the udder (mastitis).

 This has been achieved by culling the cows which cannot perform to the established standards. However in the process we have we lost some characteristics like fat production (as which Jersey and Guernsey cows) which were in times past, selected herds in isolation (on the Channel Islands in the English Channel.) and other less recognised traits

 Mastitis is still a common disease and following the concepts established with other species in this website , we can identify Mastitis as a disease of the udder which is also a result of mineral deficiencies due to use of so called " improved" pastures which have been selected for growth rate and restricting such factors as multi species pastures. The more we tinker with nature the bigger the problems in the long run. So whilst we are assured of a large milk pay check in the early days, as time moves on we "discover' that water pollution extends to rivers and to sea, and even to ground water. There are simple solutions and these may be found in the subscription section of this website). They can include using more appropriate fertilisers that have a differnt cation/anion structure. The Answer lies in the soil first andforemost and I do not think it makes sense to feed GM palm oil waste or try to lock in Nitrogenous fertilisers into the soil. Both have a long term distaster warning now flashing, in that the dung wastes from cows fed this stuff becomes sour and revolting like a vomity smell that pervades the whole neig bourhood. When I was a cattle vet," shit still stank" but it was a sweet smell and not unpleasant and rank as it is today as one drives through the Otago irrigated dairy areas. .

  We can treat this Mastitis dis-ease with antibiotics or better we can treat the causes by providing good mixed pasture,preferably organically farmed,although this can result in some minor losses of total farm income from milk sales the overall returns will be greater because there is less costs for disease management and even losses from deaths or culling. 

We can prevent some disease by providing minerals or better still, herbs which will prevent the disease occurring and this in turn needs that the disease must be treated prior to symptoms developing. There is good trial information from China and India and other places which show good results when treating mastitis with herbs. WE can provide good anecdotal evidence to support this and formulas that work.. This website has information which has been proven in several herds for prevention of mastitis and for improvement of the cation exchange potential of the soil and is available to anyone wishing to do larger trials.

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