| Rural News |
DairyNZ has launched a new online tool for managing mastitis in dairy cows.
The SmartSAMM program follows on from the success of the original SAMM (seasonal approach to managing mastitis) system, and will provide up to date information on mastitis and milk quality.
Dairy NZ scientist and SmartSAMM technical manager Dr Jane Lacy-Hulbert says the system helps farmers plan how to deal with a mastitis case.
“For farmers, SmartSAMM provides key tools and resources to help establish if a problem exists, and if so, what to do next and how to prevent it in future. There are guidelines and key recommendations for managing mastitis during calving, lactation, drying off and the dry period,” she says.
"For advisors, the corresponding Technotes provide more of the science detail that sits behind the recommendations - we've really tried to make this an 'all-you-need-to-know' resource.”
The new DairyNZ SmartSAMM website is now live at www.SmartSAMM.co.nz.