Rekad Publishing and M-team (University of Ghent) announce M²-magazine, a magazine on mastitis and milk quality for the dairy professional. We have brought together our experience, energy, passion and network to start this international magazine targeted at people involved in milk production as farmers, consultants, veterinarians, ...
Jorgen Katholm, DVM, certified cattle practitioner and diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM), is a senior advisor at the Danish Cattle Federation, part of Knowledge Center for Agriculture based in Aarhus, Denmark. He has his feet firmly on the ground, working closely with farmers, veterinarians, advisers, scientists at the University in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark, and with mastitis researchers all over the world to bring the latest results directly to the farm. The aim is to achieve on-going improvements in the quality of milk. He describes his work for M2-magazine.
This article discusses mastitis control and quality milk production by smallholders in Zimbabwe and Mozambique as examples of production in developing African countries. Zimbabwe, with a population of 13 million people, has 20,000 dairy cows and there is a well established dairy industry while Mozambique is just introducing dairy farming and there are 3,000 milking cows for a population of 24 million people. In Zimbabwe, smallholders tend to have five or more cows; in Mozambique they can have one or two. The focus of this article is on smallholders who are hand milking and producing milk in areas where there is no electricity
and often no running water.