Special Issue "New Microbiological, Clinical and Management Features for Improving the Udder Health and Milk Quality in Animals"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Turini
Guest Editor
Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: udder health; mastitis; animal welfare; ruminants; milk quality
Dr. Fabrizio Bertelloni
Guest Editor
Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: Salmonella; Leptospira; antimicrobial resistance; wildlife; veterinary infectious diseases
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Special Issue Information

Mastitis, defined as an intramammary infection of the mammary gland caused by different types of pathogens, is the most economically important disease of dairy cows and small ruminants. It affects the milk quality and hygiene and represents a welfare problem for the affected animals. Management such as the type of farming, (extensive vs. semi-extensive systems for small ruminants), dry period procedures, bedding and milking routine could play a critical role in udder health due to an increased risk of intra-mammary infections. On the other hand, all these factors could also reduce milk quality and hygiene indirectly; indeed, the population of microorganisms present in milk reflects both the health status of the udder as well as the whole environment and management of the farm.

Considering the impact and importance of mastitis and milk hygiene on milk farms and production industries, this Special Issue aims to illuminate the current integrative research concerning the epidemiology, management practices, welfare, microbiologic and clinical features of mastitis and milk hygiene.

You are invited to submit either an original article or a review summarizing different types of research on mastitis. Articles highlighting and documenting any aspect of mastitis diagnosis, prevention and control as well manuscripts describing effect of the environment and management on milk quality are welcome and will be taken into consideration for the publication. Although work on ruminants is the primary focus of this Special Issue, investigations into mastitis in non-conventional dairy species or other animals will also be evaluated.

Mr. Luca Turini
Dr. Fabrizio Bertelloni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • mastitis
  • milk
  • management
  • environment
  • hygiene
  • ruminants
  • diagnosis
  • prevention
  • control
  • epidemiology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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