Spatiotemporal Patterns of Mycoplasma in California Bulk Tank Milk
Authors: Deniece Williams
The highly contagious nature of Mycoplasma mastitis combined with decreased milk production, ineffective treatment costs and increased culling rates make Mycoplasma an important economic concern for the California dairy industry. This study uses GIS to map the prevalence, as well as the spatial, temporal and spatiotemporal clusters of M. bovis in bulk tank milk samples across California from 2001 to 2012. Spatial regression models were used to assess risk factors for M. bovis clusters.