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The role of nutrition as a defence against dairy cow mastitis

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Using nutrition to increase a cow's defence against mastitis has been an important area of research. Minerals such as selenium (Se), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), when properly supplemented, can support the immune response to pathogens. Increased susceptibility to infection through malnutrition has been a recognised issue in livestock for many years.

The potential to influence immune function by nutritional supplementation has gained interest, especially because of the drive to decrease antibiotic use and minimise the development of resistance to medical and veterinary antibiotics.

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