Mastitis is considered the most expensive disease in the industry. The Dairy Site says it may cost a dairy farmer over $400 and also damages the future output of a cow. This condition is usually treated with antibiotics. However, due to the threat of antimicrobial resistance, researchers are coming up with a new treatment plan.
Researchers from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for solutions derived from stem cells. Gerlinde Van de Walle, the lead researcher in the study, is also the Harry M. Zweig Assistant Professor in Equine Health. She says that antibiotics can kill the microorganisms, but do nothing to repair damaged tissue.
Daryl Nydam, DVM, Ph.D., who partners with Van de Walle in this study says that bovine mastitis is the most costly disease in dairy and adds that “The second-most-costly is almost not worth mentioning in comparison.”
According to their reports, the secreted factors of these stem cells provide many positive effects. Aside from their role in new blood vessel formation, they also promote cell migration. Both are important to healing damaged tissue caused by mastitis. Read more about the study here.
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