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As dairy cattle bedding specialists, Platts regularly provide dairy farmers around the country with our hygienic, affordable Antibacta bedding. Trust us to keep your cows happy and healthy!
Antibacta is a revolutionary type of soft, absorbent bedding, researched and developed by Platts at the King’s College London specifically to keep dairy cattle clean and dry, and prevent the spread of costly, mastitis-causing bacteria.
Features and Benefits
Super-fine, 3mm graded kiln-dried softwood sawdust
- Absorbs three times its own weight in moisture
- Non-abrasive, softwood sawdust reduces the development of hock sores
- Easy to spread and non-irritating to the nostrils when applying
- Suitable to use on concrete cubicle bedding and cow mats/mattresses
- Reduced incidences of mastitis-causing bacteria transfer
- Less bacterial infections result in maintained production levels
- Reduces cattle veterinary bills
- Improved overall herd health
What is mastitis?
Mastitis is an inflammation of the udder usually caused by a bacterial infection, resulting in decreased lactation.
There are two types of mastitis:
Contagious mastitis (Streptococcus dysgalactiae/agalactiae and Staphylococcus aureus) – Causative bacteria are spread from the infected quarters via dirty bedding or machinery.
Environmental mastitis (Streptococcus uberis, E. coli and Klebsiella) – associated with dirty, wet bedding, and often strikes around calving time.
The principle symptom of mastitis is a loss in milk production, typically between 10-25%. The cow may not show any other obvious, outward signs of ill-health, but could still be seriously ill, and thus producing milk with a high somatic cell count.
For this reason, mastitis is one of the most common and costly diseases to dairy farmers, resulting in:
- Costs for antibiotic treatment
- Increased veterinary bills
- Discarded milk
- Financial penalties for low milk quality
- Reduced lactation yield, thus reduced income
- Increase in premature culling (more than 6 in every 100 dairy cattle are culled or die each year because of mastitis)
- Unfortunately, using antibiotics is not always an effective treatment method for infected cows, as mastitis-causing bacteria can become resistant. Consumers are also becoming increasingly concerned about the presence of antibiotics in animal products.
What can antibacta do?
Antibacta is impregnated with an innovative disinfectant that is proven to control mastitis-causing bacteria, as well as antibiotic-resistant hospital bacteria.
Antibacta has been independently tested against:
Normal and epidemic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, the hospital ‘superbug’.)
Multi-antibiotic resistant strains of E-coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella, and Enterococci.
Distributing a few handfuls of Antibacta onto cow mats at least once a day at every milking, after the beds have been thoroughly cleaned and swept, has been proven to dramatically reduce the count of mastitis-causing bacteria on cattle beds. For concrete cubicles, where Antibacta is the sole bedding used, you might wish to use more product to increase your cows’ comfort.
Interested to see how Antibacta could benefit the health and productivity of your own herd? Give our team a call on 01978 854666, or send us a message here to discuss your needs.