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Mastitis
The changing face of mastitis control
  1. Martin Green, BVSc, PhD, DCHP, DipECBHM, MRCVS and
  2. Andrew Bradley, MA, VetMB, PhD, DCHP, DipECBHM, MRCVS
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
  1. E-mail: martin.green{at}nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

Over the past 125 years, mastitis has been one of the most studied conditions of dairy cows. This is confirmed by a search of peer-reviewed literature covering this period, which revealed more than 12,000 papers. Yet mastitis is still one of the most relevant and problematic diseases to treat and control in practice, which is testament to the complexity and mutability of the condition. Although progress has been made, recent research suggests that substantial areas require better understanding. Here, Martin Green and Andrew Bradley reflect on the control of mastitis over past decades and look forward to an interesting future.

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