Mastitis & Milk Quality Consultancy
Ongoing high somatic cell counts, high levels of clinical mastitis and Inhibitory Substance Grades are all issues that bring a lot of stress as well as costing the farm significant amounts of money through high treatment rates, increased culls, discarded milk and production losses, not to mention the costs of grading incurred.
Franklin Vets pioneered the now industry standard, “grade buster” approach to mastitis management. Senior Mastitis Consultant David Hawkins is committed to assisting local farmers to reduce mastitis on their farms.
David has sat on the National Mastitis Advisory Committee for the past decade and tutors veterinarians across the country in the management and prevention of mastitis in association with various DairyNZ, Fonterra and other industry initiatives.
Franklin Vets offer a referral level Milk Quality Investigation Package
that teases out where the mastitis is coming from. You can direct resources appropriately to resolve the problem.
We have three Fonterra Somatic Cell Count Support Scheme accredited veterinarians, meaning when you use our referral Milk Quality Investigation Package
you can claim back the costs of the investigation against your demerits. In many cases Fonterra will pay for the whole investigation.
Franklin Vets Milk Quality Awards
Congratulations to the following dairy clients who were recipients of the Franklin Vets Milk Quality & Reproductive Awards 2013
Lowest BMSCC :
Scott & Beck Taylor (Scott pictured left)
Most Improved BMSCC
Lloyd & Diane Barriball
Paul & Carolyn Scott
Claim back your demerit dollars!
Under Fonterra’s mastitis support program you can claim back the costs of a mastitis investigation against your demerits, helping you reduce the ongoing costs of mastitis on your farm.
Our referral level Milk Quality Investigation Package involves evaluation of BMSCC, Herd Test, Clinical Mastitis and Bacteriological data; a thorough assessment of farm practices and herd history; a milking time “wet” machine evaluation; cow teat assessment; milking management; environmental assessment; and comprehensive reporting with a concise action plan to drive change on farm. In many cases, Fonterra will pay for the whole investigation.
The Demerit Relief Scheme allows only Fonterra Accredited Veterinarians to perform these Milk Quality Investigations, but Franklin Vets have three accredited vets on our team, and we can also give you an up-front quote for the work if required, so you know what you are paying for ahead of time.
Here is a chance to use those demerit dollars for something positive on your farm.
any of our clinics for details