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Mastitis in Bovine
Mastitis is a problem that dairies have on an ongoing basis. To achieve
optimum results financially and productively, one needs to know what is
going on inside of the cow as she tries to fight off this burdening infection. It
is a multi-factorial disease involving the environment, disease-causing
pathogens, and the host. The biggest mistake that dairy farmers tend to
make is ignoring the cow's host defenses as a contributing factor.

Optimal results of supplements all depend on how well the immune system of
the animal is functioning. The bovine immune system is a very complex
interaction of cellular and humeral components. When it is functioning at its
peak, there should be little or no sign of clinical mastitis.

It is important that the farmer also takes the teat defenses into
consideration, or the cow's natural and acquired senses. The natural
immunity includes the skin, teat canal, keratin, and other factors. The
acquired immunity includes the immune system and the cow's ability to
recognize and fight off the disease.

Intramammary infections result when the infection successfully penetrates
the teat canal and reaches the milk-producing tissues. When the defense
mechanisms of the cow are stronger, it is harder for the disease to penetrate
the teat canal. Therefore, it is most beneficial for the cow's immune system
and defense mechanisms, such as bacterial growth and cell wall keratin, to be
working as effectively as possible.

When the cow has mastitis, there has been a breakdown in her immune
system. The challenge is to find what is not working.

The use of Karbo Flour/Pellets or Karbo Combo has been very successful in
the prevention of the devastating effects of mastitis. In many cases,
year-round feeding of this product at low levels is a must to prevent clinical
mastitis.

Using 1 ounce of Karbo Combo AM and PM in animals with high somatic cell
counts over a two month period in many cases will lower these somatic cell
counts to acceptable levels. To maintain these advantages, half an ounce
daily year round is highly recommended.

Information provided by:  
Gomers Inc.
Mastitis in Bovines
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