The Use of Data from Sampling for Bacteriology for Genetic Selection Against Clinical Mastitis

W. Ouweltjes, J.J. Windig, G. de Jong, T.J.G.M. Lam, J. ten Napel, Y. de Haas

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One breeding objective of Dutch cattle breeders is to improve genetic resistance against clinical and subclinical mastitis. Because of a lack of direct mastitis information, udder health breeding values are based on indirect traits. Inclusion of direct information on clinical mastitis could improve reliability of breeding values. The aim of this study was to investigate whether data from milk samples sent in for bacteriology are potential sources of information for the occurrence of mastitis, which may be used in animal breeding, and if so how this data can be used. Although there are 2 separate flows of milk samples for bacteriology in the Netherlands, it was not considered necessary to account for the origin of the samples. In both flows, the majority of the samples are visually normal and flow-specific traits are highly correlated. Therefore, information from these flows is combined for genetic analysis. Nearly two-thirds of the bacteriology data could be linked to milk recording and pedigree records. Relatively few farmers (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4860-4870
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • somatic-cell count
  • dairy-cows
  • associations
  • health


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