Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland and udder tissue. It is a major endemic disease of dairy cattle. Mastitis usually occurs as an immune response to bacterial invasion of the teat canal. Mastitis is the number one disease behind antibiotic use in the dairy industry.


Ongoing high somatic cell counts, high levels of clinical mastitis and Inhibitory Substance Grades are all issues that bring a lot of stress to farmers. High treatment rates, increased culls, discarded milk and production losses cost the farm significant amounts of money – not to mention the costs of grading incurred.

Franklin Vets pioneered the now industry standard, “grade buster” approach to mastitis management.  Senior Mastitis Consultant David Hawkins is committed to assisting local farmers to reduce mastitis on their farms.

Franklin Vets offers a range of effective solutions to resolve high bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC) including:

  • A Fonterra accredited full referral level package (Milk Quality Investigation)
  • Herd testing and analysis of results
  • Advice on antibiotics
  • Combination therapy using antibiotic and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Teat scoring and milking assessments
  • Advice on dry cow therapy and Teatseal

Please check out our factsheets for further information.

Milk Quality Investigation

Franklin Vets and Fonterra offer you the Milk Quality Investigation for the prevention and treatment of mastitis in your herd.

Ongoing high somatic cell counts, high levels of mastitis and inhibitory substance grades are all issues that bring a lot of stress and monetary costs to the farm. Treatment, increased culls, discarded milk and production losses will accrue huge ongoing expenses if the cause of the problem is not fixed.

Franklin vets pioneered the industry standard to mastitis management. We offer a Fonterra accredited Milk Quality Investigation that teases out where the Mastitis is coming from. We have three Fonterra Somatic Cell Count Support Scheme accredited veterinarians, meaning that should you use our referral, you can claim back the cost of the investigation against your demerits.

Our investigation package involves

  • evaluation of BMSCC,
  • herd testing
  • a thorough assessment of farm practices and environment
  • milking time and ‘wet’ machine evaluation
  • comprehensive reporting with action plan

We will give you an upfront quote for the work required so you know what you are paying for ahead of time. Contact us to find out how you can benefit from a thorough investigation and whether you qualify for the Fonterra Demerit Scheme.