How can I prevent my cows from getting mastitis?

The best and easiest way to prevent cows from getting mastitis is to follow a standardized milking procedure with quality products. Milkers should wear gloves and clean them often with an iodine based product for at least 30 seconds. Pre-dip should remain on the cows for 30 to 60 seconds. Cows should be wiped clean and dry with a single service paper towel or a dried cloth towel. Remember only one towel per cow! Allow 1 to 2 minutes for milk letdown before attaching the machine. Do not let the machine overmilk the cow at the end and apply post-dip over the entire teat. Having feed for your cow immediately after milking can help as well. The longer she can keep her udder off the ground, the better her teat ends will close which will help keep out nasty bacteria.