Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 54 issue 9 (september 2020) : 1155-1158

Association of milk flow curve and prevalence of mastitis pathogens in dairy cows 

Vida Juozaitienë, Lina Anskienë, Eglë Èereðkienë, Renata Japertienë, Judita Þymantienë, Modestas Ruþauskas, Vytuolis Þilaitis, Ramûnas Antanaitis, Albina Aniulienë, Saulius Tušas, Gediminas Urbanavièius
1Veterinary Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
Cite article:- Juozaitienë Vida, Anskienë Lina, Èereðkienë Eglë, Japertienë Renata, Þymantienë Judita, Ruþauskas Modestas, Þilaitis Vytuolis, Antanaitis Ramûnas, Aniulienë Albina, Tušas Saulius, Urbanavièius Gediminas (2018). Association of milk flow curve and prevalence of mastitis pathogens in dairy cows. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 54(9): 1155-1158. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-965.
 The objective of this work was to evaluate the association of bimodality of milk flow curves with microbiological status of mammary glands and parity of cows. We selected 167 primiparous and 148 multiparous Lithuanian Black and White dairy cows in 2nd to 4th month of lactation.  The bimodality of milk flow was determined in 22.2% primiparous and in 38.6% multiparous cows (P<0.001). The most prevalent pathogens of mastitis were Staphylococcus aureus (15.3%), other staphylococci (22.2%) and streptococci (5.8%). Prevalence of mastitis pathogens in multiparous cows was 1.4 times and the bimodality of milk flow curves –1.7 times higher in comparison with primiparous cows (P<0.001). The bimodality of milk flow curve was mostly associated with the prevalence of Streptococcus agalactiae and Staphylococcus aureus (P<0.001). The increased frequency of mastitis pathogens (21.5%) in cows with the bimodal milk flow curves supports the negative effect of bimodality on udder health of cows (P<0.001).
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