The Prevalance of Mastitis in Dairy Cows
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from


October 2016

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Switzerland is primarily characterized by small, family-owned dairy farms where cows often have ample access to alpine pastures. (Pasture access provides a number of health benefits for cows, including reducing risk for mastitis.)

The high prevalence of subclinical mastitis (SCM) on these small-scale farms and the risk factors associated with it have troubling implications for factory farming operations, which are increasing in the US. Breeding cows to produce high yields of milk and to produce milk with high fat content are two common practices on factory farms.

For more, read The Prevalance of Mastitis in Dairy Cows

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