Research & Development
- About Research & Development
- Breeding & Genetics
Health & Welfare
- Diseases and conditions of British dairy cows
- Lameness control in dairy cows
- Impact of Johne’s disease in British dairy herds
- Infectious disease control in dairy cows
- Predict and prevent streptococcus uberis mastitis
- Assessment of the welfare of dairy cows
- Social components of health and welfare
- Digital dermatitis transmitted between dairy cows
- Decision making for mastitis control
- Sub-acute ruminal acidosis
- DairyCo Healthy Feet Programme
- Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) RDPE KT Initiative
- Control of cattle parasites sustainably (COWS)
- Cow health monitor
- Completed Projects
- Current Projects
- Grass & Forage
- Production Systems
- Research and Development Advisory Forum
- Monitor Farms
Health and Welfare Projects
Profitable, consumer friendly dairy farming is underpinned by good health and welfare.
Through our research partnerships, AHDB Dairy is funding research into specific diseases such as lameness, mastitis, and Johne's Disease, as well as improved strategies for vaccination and biosecurity. Some of the expected outputs will feed directly into programmes such as the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan and AHDB Dairy Healthy Feet Programme.
Increasingly consumers are interested in the welfare status of production systems. We are also setting out to obtain better data on the incidence and prevalence of key health conditions affecting the GB dairy herd. This will create a baseline, which can be used to measure, direct and communicate future improvements in the health status of the national herd.
Research is being undertaken to devise practical and effective ways of measuring welfare outcomes in dairy cattle. AHDB Dairy is also funding research into the effect of social interaction between cows on health and productivity. This includes specific aspects of management and husbandry, including management group size.