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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Udder health in beef cows and its association with calf growth

Waller KP, Persson Y, Nyman AK, Stengarde L


Conclusions: Subclinical mastitis and IMI, but not blind quarters, were common in beef cows, but the prevalence varied markedly between herds. Most IMI were caused by staphylococci and more than 95% of those were sensitive to penicillin. Cows with large funnel-shaped teats or pendulous udder after calving, and cows with blind quarters were at risk of having subclinical mastitis and/or IMI. Poor hygiene was also a risk factor for udder health problems. No significant associations were found between udder health and calf weaning weight. More studies on risk factors are warranted to improve advisory services on awareness and prevention of mastitis in beef cows.


Beef cows; Mastitis; Intra-mammary infections; Blind quarters; Risk factors; Calf weaning weight

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Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
2014, Volume: 56, article number: 9

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