QMMS recently hosted the 5th annual meeting of the European Mastitis Panel, an MSD Animal Health initiative which consists of a selected, well-established group of mastitis experts who debate and discuss udder health topics across European countries and dairy farming systems.

This year's topic centred around evaluating the efficiency of different management measures when preventing and controlling mastitis in dairy herds. Some of the latest research in this area was discussed , including the national DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan in the UK and some data from Holland. Several examples of single interventions that resulted in dramatic reductions in rates of new infections in several local dairy herds were cited, including rotation of dry cow paddocks, segregation of chronically high somatic cell count cows and the installation of cluster sanitisation systems.

A full report will be available shortly.