The Spanish organization for cattle veterinarians (ANEMBE) held her Annual meeting last week in Santander, Spain. I had the honour to be invited to give a presentation on economics of mastitis.
Mastitis is a disease that is occurring on every dairy farm in the world. Every farmer is also taking preventive measures against the disease. However, more prevention is possible. Since farming is a business, economics do play a role in the decision whether or not to apply more preventive measures. This presentation gives an overview of the failure costs of masitis (of which quite some estimates are available) as well as some knowledge on optimizing the level of prevention. A large part of the work in this presentation has been presented before. However, the work on total costs of mastitis (failure costs as well as preventive costs) is novel.