Mastitis, although not a new problem, is associated with huge economic loss to the farmers and the country. In India, on one hand while milk productivity is increasing the incidence of mastitis is also increasing on the other hand. The factors like herd size, agro-climatic conditions, variations in socio-cultural practices, milk marketing, literacy level of animal owner, system of feeding, and management were implicated in the incidence of subclinical mastitis. Despite several attempts, safe and effective mastitis vaccines that would protect against many mastitis causing organisms are not available. Till date, mastitis control has been based mainly on widespread and unsustainable antibiotic usage to treat the clinically affected animals. The continuous pressure to reduce the antibiotic usage and changing etiology and epidemiology of mastitis in different production systems poses new challenges to develop effective mastitis control programs. In the given situation, it is evident that a critical understanding of the facts and figures of bovine mastitis is essential to evolve research, development and farm level strategies to control mastitis in dairy animals. Recent developments in scientific tools and methods have advanced our understanding of host–pathogen interactions involved in bovine mastitis, mechanistic insight into disease progression, the effect of therapeutic molecules and how the animal responds to different management strategies. This book provides deep insight into different aspects of bovine mastitis (etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, host-animal-environment interaction, public health issues, therapy and management) with the aim to update the facts and figures on this disease so that proper strategies can be evolved to reduce the severity of mastitis, to increase production and profitability, and to supply of safe and nutritious milk and milk products to the consumers.
Prof. A. K. Srivastava is presently working as Director of the National Dairy Research Institute (Deemed University), Karnal. He completed graduation and post graduation from Veterinary College Mathura and Doctoral degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Previously he worked in different capacity viz. Professor and Head, Pharmacology & Toxicology, PAU Ludhiana, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-Jammu and Director, Resident Instructions and Dean Postgraduate Studies, Sher e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu (J&K). He has teaching and research experience of more than 30 years and is recipient of several national and international awards/fellowships including German Academic Exchange Fellowship, ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award and International NOCL Award. He has contributed significantly to Pharmacology and Toxicology in India and authored 7 books and manuals; edited 16 books/ proceedings/ monographs and bulletins and published more than 200 research papers in journals of National and International repute. He guided more than 24 M.V.Sc. and 10 Ph.D. scholars. He has been the Founder Chief Editor, Indian Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology and Member Advisory Board of many national and international journals and Secretary, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is fellow members of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; National Academy of Dairy Science; National Academy of Veterinary Sciences; Indian Association for Advancement of Veterinary Research; Society of Toxicology; Society of Environmental Sciences; Society of Sciences; International Society for Ecological Communications. Presently he is also the President of National Academy of Dairy Science, Probiotic Association of India, Association of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology and Indian Agricultural Universities Association.
Dr. A. Kumaresan is presently working as Senior Scientists ( Animal Reproduction and Gynaecology) at National Dairy Research Institute , Karnal, Previously he worked as Scientists at ICAR Research complex for NEH Region at Mizoram and Meghalaya. He completed B.V.Sc. from Madras Veterinary College ( TANUVAS) and M.V.Sc. and Ph.D. from Indian Veterinary Research Institute , Bareilley. His work on livestock production system in northeastern region has been recognized by ICAR by awarding prestigious National awards viz Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Awards and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Awards for Outstanding Research in Tribal Farming System. He is a receipt of BOYSCAST Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology and carried out post-Doc at Swedish Agricultural University (Sweden) . He is also participated in JICA Training program at Singosari (Indonesia) and awarded as Best participant among the 14 third world countries. He is also honored with best teacher award by NDRI. He authored 14 books, 10 bulletins, 20 book chapters including one chapter in Hand book of Animal Husbandry (ICAR) , 26 technical articles , several extension folders and published more than 90 research papers in journals of international and National repute . He guided 7 M.V.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. Scholars. He is the fellow of National Academy of Dairy Sciences , India.