Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that causes mastitis in dairy cattle. Staph aureus mastitis is highly contagious and can easily spread among the herd. Organic dairy farmer Katie Webb Clark conducted a Northeast SARE Farmer Grant project to test milking hygiene and preventative management protocols used in the U.S. and New Zealand, trialed Manuka honey therapy as a dry cow treatment, and tested dry off strategies to manage Staph aureus mastitis in their herd.
Webb Clark created this factsheet to share the protocols they used to reduce somatic cell counts on their farm to help provide Staph aureus mastitis management strategies other organic dairy farmers.
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