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A HACCP-based approach to mastitis control in dairy herds. Part 2: Implementation and evaluation.

Beekhuis-Gibbon L, Devitt C, Whyte P, O'Grady L, More SJ, Redmond B, Quin S, Doherty ML - Ir Vet J (2011)

Bottom Line: No overall differences in SCC before and during the implementation of the study were found when all six farms were considered together.Three of the six study farms experienced a significant decrease in herd milk recorded SCC during the implementation of the control programme.An essential part of the study was achieving initial agreement on recommendations as well as ongoing monitoring of compliance during the study.

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Affiliation: School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. michael.doherty@ucd.ie.

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Part 1 of the study described the development of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based programme and accompanying handbook for the control of mastitis. This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of customised HACCP-based programmes, which were developed from the handbook and assessed on six Irish dairy farms. Both quantitative and qualitative (action research) research methodologies were used to measure the success of implementation and efficacy of control of sub-clinical mastitis as measured by Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) and the degree of compliance by farmers in adopting and maintaining recommendations throughout the course of the study period. No overall differences in SCC before and during the implementation of the study were found when all six farms were considered together. Three of the six study farms experienced a significant decrease in herd milk recorded SCC during the implementation of the control programme. An essential part of the study was achieving initial agreement on recommendations as well as ongoing monitoring of compliance during the study. This pilot study shows that HACCP can be implemented on farms as a means of working towards the control of mastitis and that farmer attitude, and understanding of mastitis are crucial in terms of motivation irrespective of practical approaches used to manage mastitis.

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Mentions: A mastitis control programme using a HACCP-based methodology based on six Critical Control Points (CCPs): udder preparation, cluster attachment, post-milking teat disinfection, milking machine monitoring, drying off, and the calving period was developed [15,16]. Each CCP consisted of control measures, monitoring points with monitoring sheets and points of verification, as well as Good Farming Practices (GFPs). Each farm was visited five times by the veterinarian over a 13-month-period (Figure 1).


A HACCP-based approach to mastitis control in dairy herds. Part 2: Implementation and evaluation.

Beekhuis-Gibbon L, Devitt C, Whyte P, O'Grady L, More SJ, Redmond B, Quin S, Doherty ML - Ir Vet J (2011)

Timeline highlighting the visits by the veterinarian and the social scientist.
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Figure 1: Timeline highlighting the visits by the veterinarian and the social scientist.
Mentions: A mastitis control programme using a HACCP-based methodology based on six Critical Control Points (CCPs): udder preparation, cluster attachment, post-milking teat disinfection, milking machine monitoring, drying off, and the calving period was developed [15,16]. Each CCP consisted of control measures, monitoring points with monitoring sheets and points of verification, as well as Good Farming Practices (GFPs). Each farm was visited five times by the veterinarian over a 13-month-period (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: No overall differences in SCC before and during the implementation of the study were found when all six farms were considered together.Three of the six study farms experienced a significant decrease in herd milk recorded SCC during the implementation of the control programme.An essential part of the study was achieving initial agreement on recommendations as well as ongoing monitoring of compliance during the study.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. michael.doherty@ucd.ie.

ABSTRACT
Part 1 of the study described the development of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based programme and accompanying handbook for the control of mastitis. This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of customised HACCP-based programmes, which were developed from the handbook and assessed on six Irish dairy farms. Both quantitative and qualitative (action research) research methodologies were used to measure the success of implementation and efficacy of control of sub-clinical mastitis as measured by Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) and the degree of compliance by farmers in adopting and maintaining recommendations throughout the course of the study period. No overall differences in SCC before and during the implementation of the study were found when all six farms were considered together. Three of the six study farms experienced a significant decrease in herd milk recorded SCC during the implementation of the control programme. An essential part of the study was achieving initial agreement on recommendations as well as ongoing monitoring of compliance during the study. This pilot study shows that HACCP can be implemented on farms as a means of working towards the control of mastitis and that farmer attitude, and understanding of mastitis are crucial in terms of motivation irrespective of practical approaches used to manage mastitis.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus