NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — National Mastitis Council’s next webinar features “Improving Udder Health through Better Bedding Management.” This free, one-hour educational offering starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19.

During the webinar, Sandra Godden, a past NMC president and University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine professor, will discuss years of research her team has conducted regarding bedding management and its influence on udder health. She will share the important differences which exist among commonly used bedding materials — including sand, recycled manure solids and shavings.

According to Godden, bedding is an important source of teat end exposure to environmental mastitis pathogens. Multiple studies have reported that elevated bedding bacteria counts (BBC) are associated with impaired measures of udder health at the quarter level, cow level and herd level.

During this webinar, Godden will discuss important pathogen groups and guidelines for monitoring bedding hygiene. Additionally, she’ll share management strategies and processing techniques associated with reduced BBC in unused (ready-to-use) bedding, with an emphasis on processing techniques and the importance of bedding characteristics such as dry matter and organic matter levels. Godden will conclude by reviewing recommendations for reducing BBC after fresh bedding has been placed in stalls.

To register for this webinar, go to and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, registrants will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are an NMC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at, after Nov. 30.

This article was submitted by the National Mastitis Council.