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Abstract

Dairy heifers represent the future of a dairy herd, and are expected to freshen with a healthy and well-developed udder, capable of producing an optimal amount of high quality milk. A high proportion of heifers have infected mammary quarters at calving, with coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS)...

Author(s)
Piepers, S.; Vliegher, S. de; Kruif, A. de; Opsomer, G.; Barkema, H. W.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Veterinary Microbiology, 2009, 134, 1/2, pp 113-120
Abstract

Coagulase-negative staphylococci are the main source of bovine mastitis in 71 heifers from Flemish dairy farms. The epidemiology and risk factors are discussed with special attention to udder quarters and individual heifer characteristics. A strategic approach for a problem farm is outlined. A...

Author(s)
Piepers, S.; Opsomer, G.; Supré, K.; Kruif, A. de; Vliegher, S. de
Publisher
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent, Merelbeke, Belgium
Citation
Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift, 2009, 78, 1, pp 11-19
Abstract

Intramammary infections (IMI) in recently calved dairy heifers are more common than was formerly believed but their relevance for future performance has been studied only rarely. In the present study, the association between the IMI status of fresh heifers and their subsequent udder health, milk...

Author(s)
Piepers, S.; Opsomer, G.; Barkema, H. W.; Kruif, A. de; Vliegher, S. de
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2010, 93, 5, pp 2014-2024
Abstract

Polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocytes (PMNL) play an important role in the first line cell-mediated immune defense of the body in general and of the mammary gland against mastitis pathogens in particular. Reduced viability of PMNL close to parturition may explain the high incidence of...

Author(s)
Piepers, S.; Opsomer, G.; Meyer, E.; Demeyere, K.; Barkema, H. W.; Kruif, A. de; Vliegher, S. de
Publisher
American Dairy Science Association, Savoy, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2009, 92, 9, pp 4330-4339