We are looking forward to welcoming you to the IDF Mastitis Conference from 14 to 16 May 2019 in Copenhagen and very happy to annouce that the final programme has been posted on the website.
There will also be some fascinating tours, including one farm visit and one technical tour of FOSS that are not to be missed! Find out more here.
Important notice: the deadline for submission of abstracts for poster sessions only has been extended until 12 April. Please refer to our website for further instructions.
Spotlight on the keynote speakers
Dr. Päivi Rajala-Schultz, University of Helsinki, Finland, will discuss dry cow management and mastitis. The dry period lays a foundation for the next lactation and its importance for the future udder health and productivity of cows is recognized. Dry cow therapy has played an important role in mastitis control in the past, but currently changes in the way it is implemented are occurring. Moreover, continuously increasing milk yield of our modern cows is creating challenges for the process of drying-off. How did and how will we dry off cows efficiently and have them calving with healthy udders?
Dr. Volker Krömker, University of Hannover, will discuss about on-farm diagnostic methods to target antibiotic mastitis therapy. The extent to which antibiotic therapy can increase bacteriological cure rates and clinical cure and recurrence frequency depends on various criteria, such as causative agent. A fast identification – i.e. within 24 hours – is required for consideration in therapeutic decision making. Modern on-farm diagnostics, can be helpful and user-friendly to achieve this and become key of modern mastitis therapy. For most dairy farms, this is reducing locally applied antibiotic doses while maintaining bacteriological cure rates.
Dr. Olav Østerås, TINE Norway, will talk about mastitis prevention and therapy from a sustainability perspective. Optimal udder health is critical for sustainable milk production and is addressed by at least 9 of the 17 SDGs. Dairy farming is more efficient and decreased emission intensity by 11% from 2005 to 2015. Nevertheless, as global dairy production increases, GHG emissions do so too. Adequate management of dairy herds is crucial to control antimicrobial use. Best practices also ensures animal welfare. Dr. Østerås will address how mastitis is connected to climate change, antimicrobial use and welfare.