We have been doing a little work on trying to determine if thermal imaging can help in the fight against mastitis. As beef farmers we do not see many cases of mastitis; this is more common in the dairy sector. Our early research is showing some very exciting results, it looks as though by having a camera under the udder we can get an image of all four quarters. This in turn can then show any slight raise in temperature that maybe a worry, and linked with an alert andyour cowman can then physically investigate to see if there is a problem. Early indications are that we can pick up mastitis one to two days earlier than you would normally expect to, meaning it can be dealt with earlier. This in turn means there is less likelihood of antibiotics being used and the cow is not out of production for as long.
This research is still ongoing.