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Cell Differentiation of Bovine Milk Control Samples to Improve Prognosis of Mastitis Cure

  • To optimise udder health at the herd level, identifying incurable mastitis cases as well as providing an adequate therapy and culling strategy are necessary. Cows with clinical mastitis should be administered antibiotic medication if it is most likely to improve mammary cure. The somatic cell count (SCC) in milk of the monthly implemented Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) test represents the most important tool to decide whether a cow has a promising mammary cure rate. Differential cell count (DCC) facilitates the specification of the immunological ability of defence, for example by characterising leukocyte subpopulations or cell viability. The aim of this study was to assess the DCC and cell viability in DHI milk samples regarding the cytological (CC) and bacteriological cure (BC) of the udder within a longitudinal study, thereby gaining a predictive evaluation of whether a clinical mastitis benefits from an antibiotic treatment or not. The cows enrolled in this study had an SCC above 200,000 cells/mL in the previous DHI test. Study 1 assessed the CC by reference to the SCC of two consecutive DHI tests and included 1010 milk samples: 28.4% of the mammary glands were classified as cytologically cured and 71.6% as uncured. The final mixed logistic regression model identified the total number of non-vital cells as a significant factor associated with CC. An increasing amount of non-vital cells was related to a lower individual ability for CC. Cows which were in the first or second lactation possessed a higher probability of CC than cows having a lactation number above two. If animals developed a clinical mastitis after flow cytometric investigation, the BC was examined in study 2 by analysing quarter foremilk samples microbiologically. Taking 48 milk samples, 81.3% of the mammary glands were classified as bacteriologically cured and 18.7% as uncured. The percentage of total non-vital cells tended to be lower for cows which were cured, but no significance could be observed. This study revealed that the investigation of the proportion of non-vital cells in DHI milk samples can enhance the prognosis of whether an antibiotic treatment of clinical mastitis might be promising or not. Prospectively, this tool may be integrated in the DHI tests to facilitate the decision between therapy or culling.

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Author:Anne BungeORCiDGND, Sonja Dreyer, Jan-Hendrik PaduchGND, Doris KlockeORCiDGND, Stefanie Leimbach, Nicole WenteORCiDGND, Julia NitzORCiD, Volker KrömkerORCiDGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.3390/ antibiotics11020259
Parent Title (English):Antibiotics
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2022
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2022/03/07
Tag:cell viability; differential cell count; mammary cure; somatic cell count
GND Keyword:Zelldifferenzierung; Euterentzündung; Milchkuh; Therapie
Article Number:259
Page Number:11
Link to catalogue:1801181683
Institutes:Fakultät II - Maschinenbau und Bioverfahrenstechnik
DDC classes:630 Landwirtschaft, Veterinärmedizin
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International