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Dairy industry bets on education to combat mastitis

Dairy industry bets on education to combat mastitis
SmartSAMM, a new resource for managing mastitis and improving milk quality, has been unveiled by DairyNZ at the New Zealand Milk Quality Conference.

SmartSAMM, a new resource for managing mastitis and improving milk quality, has been unveiled by DairyNZ at the New Zealand Milk Quality Conference.

SmartSamm - combating mastitisSmartSAMM builds on the SAMM Plan (seasonal approach to managing mastitis) with information for today’s dairy farm systems.

The site's goal is to improve udder health and milk quality, which senior DairyNZ scientist and technical manager for SmartSAMM Dr Jane Lacy-Hulbert says results in time savings, healthier cows and higher production/profits.

“For farmers, SmartSAMM provides key tools and resources to help establish if a problem exists, and if so, what to do next and how to prevent it in future.  There are guidelines and key recommendations for managing mastitis during calving, lactation, drying off and the dry period.

“For advisors, the corresponding Technotes provide more of the science detail that sits behind the recommendations. We’ve really tried to make this an ‘all-you-need-to-know’ resource."

The SmartSAMM project is a collaboration between the NMAC (National Mastitis Advisory Committee) with stakeholders and service providers responsible for mastitis control and milk quality in New Zealand.  It is funded by DairyNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The source material has been adapted from Dairy Australia’s Countdown Downunder and updated for New Zealand dairy farming.

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