Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms

In organic dairy production, producers are limited on disease prevention and treatment options. Organic dairies have fewer tools in their animal health toolbox due to organic program standards, but their cows are still faced with disease conditions. Bovine mastitis is one of the most common and costly diseases in the dairy industry, and a multi-state … Continue reading Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms

Chasing dreams, chasing dollars: Organic grass-fed dairy sector sees growth

Holstein cows eating pasture grass at an organic grass-fed dairy farm. Photo: University of New Hampshire A "perfect storm" of issues has hit hard New England’s organic dairy farms (average herd size of about farms with 100 or fewer milking cows). For many years, organic dairies in New England and the Northeast U.S. remained viable … Continue reading Chasing dreams, chasing dollars: Organic grass-fed dairy sector sees growth

Genomics of mastitis-causing bacteria under microscope

While extensive mastitis research exists, there is limited data regarding the whole genomes of pathogens that cause the infections, and thus large gaps in our understanding of the bacteria and how or why they lead to the disease. Photo credit: University of New Hampshire. In covering animal health research, certain diseases in each agriculturally important … Continue reading Genomics of mastitis-causing bacteria under microscope