Alternativas en el manejo de la mastitis en novillas


Genaro A. Contreras
La mastitis en novillas es un problema que ha alcanzado importantes dimensiones a medida que las explotaciones lecheras se han especializado. Las hembras bovinas son susceptibles a infecciones intramamarias (IIM) desde el momento en que la glándula mamaria se ha desarrollado completamente en el feto. Factores relacionados al animal, al medio en que se desarrolla y al manejo incrementan o reducen el riesgo de contraer IIM. El grupo de bacterias mas usualmente asociadas con IIM en novillas gestantes son los Staphylococcus coagulasa negativos (SCN), pero otras bacterias como Staphylococus aureus, Mycoplasma spp, Streptococcus uberis y Streptococcus agalactiae, son tambien importantes agentes etiológicos de IIM. Las alternativas al manejo de la mastitis en novillas están dirigidas a la reducción de factores de riesgo y se complementan con la administración de terapias de sellamiento físico del pezón, desinfectantes o antibióticas, previa evaluación de los programas de sanidad de hato con que cuenta cada explotación.
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