Countdown Resources

A number of resources have been produced as part of the Countdown project to help dairy farmers and advisors manage bulk milk cell counts (BMCC) and mastitis in Australian dairy herds.

Countdown Farm Guidelines

The Countdown Farm Guidelines for mastitis control were first published in 1998. The publication encompassed all of the evidence-based best practice for mastitis control available at the time and has been widely used by farmers and advisors. About 11,000 copies of the original publication have been circulated.

The guidelines have been an essential resource in helping farmers improve their bottom line by reducing new mastitis infections and lowering the BMCC in their herds, which is beneficial in itself for cow welfare.

The second edition of the guidelines has been updated to include new evidence-based science and to support both the ‘Cups On, Cups Off’ farmer training course and the recently released Countdown Mastitis Toolkit App for smartphones.

The new guidelines also incorporate relevant information from both the Dairy NZ SmartSAMM program and the Animal Health Ireland Cell Check program. Both programs utilised the Countdown resources towards their own development in recent years.

View or order the Countdown Farm Guidelines.


  • Countdown Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control 2018

    (23 July 2020)
    PDF, 5.19 MB

Countdown Technotes and mastitis investigation pack

Each Countdown guideline also has a Technote which summarises the experimental and observational data that underpins it. The Technotes are presented in a separate manual designed especially for dairy service providers, including veterinarians, factory field officers, milk recording field personnel and milking machine technicians. They provide the rationale for the component of the plan, background information and bibliographic references for key research papers and articles for further reading.


  • Countdown mastitis investigation pack

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 1.13 MB
  • Countdown FAQ: How to identify bacteria other than traditional milk culture?

    (17 November 2020)
    PDF, 842.94 KB
  • Technote 01 Calving

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 230.67 KB
  • Technote 02 Calving

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 126.31 KB
  • Technote 03 Calving

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 212.78 KB
  • Technote 04 Calving

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 378.66 KB
  • Technote 05 Lactation 2010

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 271.66 KB
  • Technote 06 Lactation 2010

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 487.68 KB
  • Technote 07 Disinfection 2003 Feb

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 329.88 KB
  • Technote 08 Lactation

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 152.02 KB
  • Technote 09 Teat sores 2003 Feb

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 323.4 KB
  • Technote 10 Lactation

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 113.09 KB
  • Technote 11 Monitor Bulk milk cell counts

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 241.58 KB
  • Technote 12 Lactation

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 267.48 KB
  • Technote 13 Seek advice 2003 Feb

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 649.25 KB
  • Technote 14 Decide dry cow strategy

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 123.27 KB
  • Technote 15 Cull cows

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 103.48 KB
  • Technote 16 Dryoff abruptly

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 106.59 KB
  • Technote 17 Dry Cow Treatment

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 153.18 KB
  • Technote 18 Check Udders

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 100.37 KB

Countdown videos

Countdown has produced short videos on mastitis for dairy farmers.

Dry Cow Consult

The Dry cow Consult tool was designed by the Countdown team to support good decision making at dry-off. It can be used by dairy farmers before or during a review of dry cow practices with a veterinarian.

More information is available on the Dry Cow Consult website

Countdown webinars

Countdown has developed and broadcast a number of webinars for both farm and advisor audiences. These webinars were recorded and can be viewed again by following the links below:

An introduction to the new dry cow consultation resource

Mastitis Focus Report

A Mastitis Focus Report provides an overview of udder health in an individual dairy herd. It helps identify problem areas and potential risks and with tracking progress after making management changes.

More information is available in the mastitis focus report fact sheet.

Advisors looking to upload files to generate a Mastitis Focus Report can do so on the Mastitis Focus website.

Resources can be ordered by completing an online form.

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