Image to illustrate udder hygieneOptimal udder health is one, if not the most important, aspect of clean milk and consistent production of high quality milk. The mammary gland is surrounded daily by potentially harmful bacteria which can seriously affect milk quality, yields, and the health of the cow. Furthermore in the event of bacterial entry into the teats and udders there may be associated losses in discarded milk, veterinary and treatment costs, management time and possible culling in the most severe cases.
As the costs are high it is widely accepted that prevention is better than cure. For industry best practice a formal plan is essential and the 6 Point plan is recommended as a very good minimum practice.