Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) Mastitis Management

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of spending some time with Organic Pastures Dairy Company’s Blaine McAfee. Blaine has had great success keeping the Organic Pastures herd healthy and free of mastitis, and I wanted hear more specifically about how they manage Staph aureus mastitis on their farm. I told her that questions about S. aureus mastitis come up all the time from new raw milk farmers. They want to know how to manage this bacterium, whether or not it can be cured, and most importantly, should a cow with S. aureus be used to produce raw milk?

So rather than keep our great conversation to ourselves, I asked Blaine if she would consider answering some of the most frequently asked questions from raw milk producers about S. aureus mastitis in writing. She graciously agreed. I hope her answers and knowledge, gained from years of experience, will contribute to your raw milk success.

Shawna Barr
Kid Creek Pastures

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