Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Livestock & Agriculture, Gender and Food Safety and Standards
Livestock & Agriculture, Gender and Food Safety and StandardsSEE LESS
Mastitis, or udder infection, compromises productivity and milk quality resulting in economic losses and diseases in humans. Mastitis in dairy animals results in economic loss, reduced milk production and quality, and food safety concerns for consumers.
To reduce mastitis, the components of the researched innovation include: 1) developing GHP, including mastitis detection with the California Mastitis Test (CMT) milk conductivity test and mastitis control with post milking teat dipping (PMTD) and dry cow therapy (DCT) technologies, and 2) training livestock technicians and dairy farmers. The project also introduced conductivity analysis and somatic cell count analysis at the cooperative level to monitor impacts of the interventions.
Smallholder dairy producers, milk collection centers and cooperatives, and milk processors, among others.
Mission and Vision
Improved on farm practices linked to a milk testing control scheme can reduce (subclinical) mastitis. Improved knowledge of mastitis and its mitigation by farmers and cooperatives will improve milk safety and thus human nutrition through reducing risks of and costs associated with foodborne illness. This will result in more widespread production and purchase of safe milk.
This innovation is a package of technologies to help smallholder dairy farmers prevent and control mastitis. The package consists of a tailored training course for farmers on good husbandry practices, preventative post milking teat dipping and dry cow therapy as well as mastitis detection using the California Mastitis Test (CMT). In addition, milk cooperatives were trained in milk conductivity testing to confirm suspected cases of mastitis and to ensure that low quality milk from mastitis afflicted cows is not sold by the cooperative.
Most available solutions do not combine technologies and practices to effectively prevent mastitis.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Scaling of the innovation to milk cooperatives throughout Nepal that are involved in other Heifer International Nepal efforts.