Economic effects of bovine mastitis and mastitis management: A review.

T. Halasa, K. Huijps, O. Osterás, H. Hogeveen

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Several studies have been published since 1990 on the economics of mastitis and mastitis management. However, hardly any of these studies has discussed the consistency of results with other studies. In the present paper, the economic factors associated with mastitis are explained, providing a framework for economic analysis. As a second step calculations of the costs of mastitis and the costs in relation to the benefits of mastitis management published since 1990 in peer-reviewed journals are extensively reviewed and analysed. The result shows a large variation in the calculated costs and benefits of mastitis and mastitis management between the different studies. Moreover, it is clear that important factors were ignored in some of the studies. The framework provided in this paper can provide a basis for analysis for future studies on the economics of mastitis and mastitis management
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-31
JournalVeterinary Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • dairy farming
  • bovine mastitis
  • mastitis
  • losses
  • cost analysis
  • economic analysis
  • economic aspects
  • somatic-cell count
  • health-monitoring-system
  • pasteurized fluid milk
  • dairy-cattle diseases
  • clinical mastitis
  • staphylococcus-aureus
  • partial budget
  • streptococcus-dysgalactiae
  • antibiotic-treatment
  • treatment costs

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