Factors in Dry Period Associated with Intramammary Infection and Subsequent Clinical Mastitis in Early Postpartum Cows

  • Leelahapongsathon, Kansuda (Department of Food Animal Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University) ;
  • Piroon, Tipapun (Department of Food Animal Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University) ;
  • Chaisri, Wasana (Department of Food Animal Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University) ;
  • Suriyasathaporn, Witaya (Department of Food Animal Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University)
  • Received : 2015.05.02
  • Accepted : 2015.07.10
  • Published : 2016.04.01


The objective of this study was to determine cow characteristics and farm management factors during the dry period associated with early postparturient intramammary infection (IMI) and subsequent clinical mastitis (CM). Data were collected three times: before drying off (P1), during the dry period (P2), and 5 to 14 days after calving (P3), using questionnaires and farm investigation. Milk samples were aseptically collected for bacterial identification at P1 and P3. Factors associated with IMI and CM were analyzed using multiple logistic regression models. The final model showed that IMI in early postpartum was significantly associated with full insertion of dry cow antibiotic, dry cows in barns with a combination of tie and free stalls, body condition score (BCS) in dry period and after calving, and milk yield before drying off. For IMI cows, factors significantly associated with clinical expression of mastitis were having daily barn cleaning, teat disinfected with alcohol before administration of dry cow therapy, BCS before drying off, milk yield before drying off, and days in milk at drying off. In conclusion, both cow and farm management factors are associated with the IMI rate and subsequent expression of clinical signs of mastitis in early postpartum cows.



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