NKJ-network: Healthy Udders for Sustainable Milk Production
2nd seminar on Nordic Mastitis Research – project presentations and discussions on mastitis treatments and drying-off practices – Gustavelund, Tuusula, Finland, 11.-12.9. 2019
Mastitis continues to be the most common and costly disease of dairy cows and it is the predominant reason for antibiotic usage in dairy herds. It has a negative impact on milk production and quality, animal welfare and farm economics; overall, healthy animals are more efficient milk producers.
The Nordic researchers working on bovine mastitis and udder health, lead by Prof Päivi Rajala-Schultz at University of Helsinki, joined forces last year to enhance their collaboration and to build an active network to tackle the challenges of mastitis together. This effort was supported by NKJ (Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research) networking funds. A long-term goal of this collaboration is to support and enhance competitiveness and profitability of Nordic dairy production through science-based knowledge and advice to the dairy sector.
The first Nordic Mastitis Researchers seminar was held in Uppsala in the fall of 2018 with the purpose of sharing information about on-going udder health projects and identifying knowledge gaps and research needs related to udder health in Nordic countries. See last year’s program from the attachment below.
To continue on the successfully started discussion and collaboration, the 2nd Nordic mastitis researchers’ seminar will be held in Finland in September 11 and 12, 2019. Based on the discussions in Uppsala, this seminar will focus on mastitis treatments and drying-off practices. The program will also include presentations given by the participants about their ongoing research. Priority will be given to graduate student and post doc presentations. Please, note that your presentation does not need to be related to mastitis treatments nor drying-off practices.
Please, make plans to join your Nordic colleagues for an active discussion and brainstorming session in a beautiful setting in the midst of Finnish nature, yet right next to Helsinki.