Herbal and probiotic supplements for addressing Mastitis and improving udder health in dairy
Bovine mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary glands in dairy cows. It usually occurs as an immune response to bacterial invasion of the teat canal by variety of etiological sources present on the farm i.e. pathogenic microorganisms, chemical, mechanical or thermal injuries to the udders.
Types of Mastitis
Clinical Mastitis is an inflammatory response to infection-causing visibly abnormal milk (eg. colour, fibrin clots). As the extent of the inflammation increases, changes in the udder (swelling, heat, pain, redness) may also be apparent.
Subclinical Mastitis is the presence of a mostly asymptomatic infection without apparent signs of local inflammation or systemic involvement (fever, anorexia, shock). If the infection persists for at least two months, the infection is termed chronic.
Mastitis causes financial losses to dairy industries through reduced milk yield, poor milk quality, increased culling and also due to additional expenses on treatment and extra labor. The annual economic losses due to mastitis in India, United States, UK and worldwide have been estimated at $1.1 billion, $2 billion, $371 million and $35 billion (country graph with mastitis expenses), respectively.
The prominent bacteria responsible for causing mastitis include both gram-positive and gram negative bacteria. There is a need to explore alternative approaches for the treatment of mastitis because of their microbial resistance. Moreover, antibiotics in dairy milk have potential downstream effects on human health.
Somatic Cell count
In mastitis, the inflammatory reaction in the udder tissue causes changes in the biochemical composition of milk. Detection of subclinical mastitis is best done by testing milk for somatic cell count (SCC) (predominantly leucocytes) using either California Mastitis Test or automated methods. It is positively correlated with the presence of infection. Inflammatory changes and decreases in milk quality may start with SCCs as low as 100,000 cells/mL. Although variable, an SCC of ≥200,000 cells/mL in a cow indicates a high likelihood of infection.
Herbal therapy is a promising area in treatment of mastitis as no adverse effect is associated with it. Medicinal plants can be used as an alternative therapeutic option or as an adjunct agent in managing bovine mastitis.
Recomast, cure mastitis and improve milk quality
RECOMAST is a sustainable remedial product of herbal combinations having anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and immunomodulatory action. The active phytocompounds in RECOMAST have an immune-potentiating effect to enhance udder immunity and also helps in the rapid recovery of mammary glands. It is recommended for its prophylactic and curative efficacy against mastitis and also in conjunction with other NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
How does Recomast cure Mastitis ?
The phytochemicals like Berberine, Tinosporine, Diterpenoid lactones, Glycosides and Curcumin derivatives derived from Tinospora cordifolia and Curcuma longa protect udders against pathogens and its toxins, stopping the progress of infection. Recomast reduces the expression of several pro-inflammatory cytokines and necrosis factors indicating the anti-inflammatory activity. It reduces the pain, swelling and inflammatory discharges which protects udder tissue and assists faster healing. Its analgesic activity of the herbal extract is comparable to that of NSAID’s.
Herbal preparation of Recomast gives analgesic effect along with anti-inflammatory action. It helps in curing inflammation of udder and minimizing oxidative stress systemically.
Recomast contains probiotic Lactobacillus strains which have potent immunomodulatory activity produced by stimulating local and systemic immune response. The direct fed microbial leads to large up-regulation of cytokines, chemokines and neutrophils capable of eliminating mastitis pathogens.
The trace mineral and nucleotides maintain the healthy keratin layer, prevents the entry of pathogen in the udder. Mixture of nucleotides are responsible to build new cells when millions of healthy cells are damaged due to the infection. It accelerates recovery from mastitis and prevents fibrosis formation.
It is beneficial because it promotes:
1. Faster regeneration of the lost milk producing tissue in the udder
2. Reduces the somatic cell count of the milk and improves milk quality in 3-5 days
3. It reduces pain, swelling, and clinical signs of the mastitic udder
4. Reduces lactation stress and builds udder immunity after parturition
5. Prevents and cure mastitis without withdrawal period
6. Supportive to antibiotic therapy and rumen compatible
7. Saves extra medicinal costs
Recomast is a holistic preparation for maintaining udder function, improving milk quality and preventing mastitis. It is used at 20 grams per animal per day or 1 kg per MT of feed. Use Recomast and cure mastitis in a scientifically proven and cost effective way.