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Village level Mastitis screening programme on 05-01-2022



A Village level Mastitis Screening program and Scientists- Farmers Interaction Session was jointly organized by ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute-ERS, Kalyani, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur at Muratipur village of Nadia District, West Bengal on 05-01-2023 under the project - Electronic Platform to Monitor Cattle Health and Milk Quality (MeitY under AgriEnICS Program). Dr. Ajoy Mandal, Principal Scientist and Co-PI, NDRI (C-DAC project), ERS, Kalyani, Dr. C. Bhakat, Principal Scientist and Co-PI, NDRI and Dr. M. Karunakaran, Principal Scientist and Co-PI, NDRI, Kalyani along with Dr. Amitava Ghosh, CTO and Dr. S. Dutta, CTO of ICAR-NDRI, ERS, Kalyani and Mr. Avijit Mondal from IIT Kharagpur participated in this programme. At the outset, Dr. Ajoy Mandal welcomed all the experts and farmers and informed about the collaborative project on animal disease monitoring and milk quality by NDRI Kalyani, CDAC Kolkata and IIT Kharagpur. Dr. C. Bhakat explained the causes of mastitis, its impact on milk production, control and prevention measures at village level. Dr. M. Karunakaran explained importance of feeding bypass fat to improve milk production and reproductive performance of dairy cows. Inputs such as bypass fat, dewormer and mineral mixture supplements were distributed to the beneficiaries. Further, the whole team visited the different households of Muratipur village of Nadia district for village level door to door mastitis screening program of cattle. The team visited a total of 26 households and screened 41 animals for mastitis detection. On spot California Mastitis Test (CMT) was performed for all animals and total of 24 animals from 19 households were tested positive for subclinical mastitis by CMT. The milk samples from all households were also brought to NDRI, Kalyani to validate the result through Mastitis detection machine or prototype developed by IIT, Kharagpur and Somatic Cell count. All the infected animals were brought under treatment at village level and farmers participated in the programme with full cooperation and showed their interest to conduct the test at village level.

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