Join us for an NMC webinar presented by Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. "Improving Udder Health through Better Bedding Management"
This one-hour educational offering begins at 2 p.m. Central time on November 19, 2020.
Description: Bedding is an important source of teat end exposure to environmental mastitis pathogens. Multiple studies have reported that elevated bedding bacteria counts (BBC) are associated with impaired measures of udder health at the quarter level, cow level and herd level. During this webinar, attendees will learn about important pathogen groups and guidelines for monitoring bedding hygiene. Godden will discuss if important differences exist among commonly used bedding materials (e.g. sand, recycled manure solids, shavings). Also, she will address management strategies and processing techniques associated with reduced BBC in unused (ready to use) bedding, with an emphasis on processing techniques and the importance of bedding characteristics, such as dry matter and organic matter levels. Godden will wrap up the webinar by reviewing recommendations for reducing BBC after fresh bedding has been placed in stalls.