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6. Cross-sectional study on bovine mastitis and its associated risk factors in Ambo district of West Shewa zone, Oromia, Ethiopia
Edilu J. Sarba and Getachew K. Tola
Veterinary World, 10(4): 398-402

Edilu J. Sarba: Department of Veterinary Laboratory Technology, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Ambo University, PO Box. 19, Ambo, Ethiopia.
Getachew K. Tola: Department of Veterinary Laboratory Technology, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Ambo University, PO Box. 19, Ambo, Ethiopia.

doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2017.398-402

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Article history: Received: 15-08-2016, Accepted: 25-02-2017, Published online: 17-04-2017

Corresponding author: Edilu J. Sarba


Citation: Sarba EJ, Tola GK (2017) Cross-sectional study on bovine mastitis and its associated risk factors in Ambo district of West Shewa zone, Oromia, Ethiopia, Veterinary World, 10(4): 398-402.

Aim: A cross-sectional study was conducted to estimate the prevalence and associated risk factors of mastitis in dairy cows.

Materials and Methods: A total of 302 dairy cows were selected from all volunteer dairy farms in Ambo district of West Shewa Zone, Oromia region. Thorough clinical examination was made on all lactating cows for evidence of signs of clinical mastitis followed by collection of milk sample for examination of gross changes of milk secretion and California mastitis test.

Results: About 126 (41.7%) cows had mastitis, of which 9.9% (30/302) were clinical and 32.8% (96/302) were subclinical mastitis cases. The quarter level prevalence was 44.4% (536/1208), comprising 9.3% (112/1208), clinical and 32.8% (396/1208) subclinical forms of mastitis. In addition, 5.5% (66/1208) of teats were found to be blind on the clinical examination of udder and teat. The Chi-square analysis of intrinsic risk factors revealed significantly (p<0.05) higher prevalence of mastitis in crossbred cattle (47.2%) than indigenous (15.4%), in cattle above 7 years (75%) than less than 2-6 years of age (28%) and cows given more than 4 calves (81.3%) than those with less than 4 calves (31.1%) irrespective to their lactation stage. There was also significantly (p<0.05) higher mastitis prevalence in larger (46.6%) than smaller herds (24.2%) and among the farming systems in semi-intensive (47.1%) and intensive (42.3%) than extensive (8.1%) management system.

Conclusion: This study indicated a higher prevalence of mastitis linked with several risk factors. Thus, early diagnosis and regular screening of cows for subclinical mastitis together with proper therapeutic management of clinical cases are of paramount importance. Moreover, control and prevention strategies should be designed and implemented with great emphasis given to risk factors to reduce bovine mastitis and its impact on milk production and food security.

Keywords: Ambo district, California mastitis test, dairy cows, mastitis, prevalence, risk factors.


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