In dairy operations just like yours, Salmonella infections have increased dramatically in recent years1, and a new study2 shows it’s still on the rise. Salmonella is a distinct threat to the health of your cows and the profitability of your operation. Both clinical and subclinical Salmonella infections can have long-lasting negative effects on your herd. No dairy is exempt from the risk of Salmonella, and the chance of your dairy being exposed or already being affected is likely much higher than you realize.
A recent study of more than 400 dairies across the country found that 68% of all dairies tested positive for Salmonella2, a 36% increase from the last reported prevalence numbers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture completed in 2012.3
As part of the study, dairy operators were asked about several key risk factors for Salmonella on their operation. Of those operations that scored well on the risk assessment questions, more than 65% tested positive for Salmonella:
Salmonella is sneaky and, even with the best biosecurity measures in place, it can still find a way onto your dairy. But there are steps you can take to help protect your herd:
Evaluate your dairy’s risk of a Salmonella outbreak at SalmonellaRisk.com/Assessment. Take a short online assessment and receive a free personalized Salmonella reduction plan, then talk about the results with your veterinarian.
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1 National Animal Health Monitoring System. Salmonella and Campylobacter on U.S. Dairy Operations, 1996–2007. APHIS Info Sheet, July 2009, #562.0709.
2 Data on file, Study Report No. 13ORFS-01, Zoetis Inc.
3 Lombard. JE., et al. "Comparison of Individual, Pooled, and Composite Fecal Sampling Methods for Detection of Salmonella on US Dairy Operations. Journal of Food Protection,75.9 (2012): 1562-1571.