Dairy famers’ who attended Monitor Publications Limited Seeds of Gold fifth farm clinic on dairy farming have been advised to embrace best ways of milking cows and handling milk.
About 400 dairy farmers’ attended Saturday the training at Makerere University Agriculture Research Institute, Kabanyolo, Wakiso District.
Dr Brian Arinaitwe, a veterinary doctor affiliated to Heifer International told dairy farmers that poor milking practices is of the main causes of mastitis, a disease that largely affects milk production.
Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland and udder tissue, and is a major endemic disease of dairy cattle.
When a cow is milked from dirty places, Dr Arinaitwe said, there are higher chances of cows acquiring the dangerous bacteria that cause mastitis.
“Before milking, the person should make sure his or her hands are clean, the udders are clean,” he said, adding, “Check for mastitis to avoid transmitting it to other animals.”
Dr Arinaitwe demonstrated to dairy farmers how mastitis can be tested and prevented.
Mr Michael Mwesigwa, a dairy farmer from Rukungiri said that he knew about the disease (mastitis) and he has learnt that it’s better to clean the tits with warm water before milking and that not dipping tits in a disinfectant after milking can cause the disease.
Mr Stephen Tigawalana, an extension coordinator affiliated to Luuka Farmers’ Cooperative said he is now able to test for both clinical and sub-clinical mastitis.
The farmers were also lectured on dairy management, nutrition, breeds and breeding, economics of management and animal health by various experts including Dr DKN Semambo, Dr Constantine Byakusa and Dr Richard Wanyama.
The clinic was also attended by exhibitors dealing in dairy farming inputs including; Bulemezi Agrovet, Multiple Industries, Mas Corporation, Shamba Solutions, Medilink Lab and Surgical Limited, among others.