Mastitis Cures

| Modified on Aug 30, 2015
Are you a dairy farmer or beef cattleman? Even if you only own a cow or two, you are likely to have troubles with mastitis, a common ailment involving an infection that causes inflammation of the cow's mammary glands. Mastitis can reduce milk production, negatively affect calf development, and the infection can be passed along via the milk.

The cow's bag may be sensitive, red, hot, and swollen as a result of the bacterial infection that causes mastitis. It may affect only one teat at a time but can be passed throughout a herd by calves or by flies.

Natural Cures: Good nutrition is essential, and open field grazing is likelier to reduce infection rates than in barn-fed cows. Extensive historical use and veterinary studies indicate that apple cider vinegar added to feed can cure a mastitis infection and reduce transmission rates of the bacteria.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Anita (South) on 08/30/2015

I have one dairy cow. I read in dr Jarvis book, Folk Medicine, about how a daily dose of apple cider vinegar for a dairy cow will prevent mastitis. So as soon as I got my cow, I started her on vinegar. She was pregnant when I got her, and so when she had her calf, she had no problem, easily delivered, which is a side benefit of vinegar. She is now 9 months into milking. She went through the wet spring, when all my friends' cows got mastitis. She hasn't had a hint of mastitis. She hadn't been sick in any way. I cut up high protein hay and mix it with sweet feed for her to eat while she's milking, and I pour some pasturized apple cider vinegar over her feed. I don't measure the vinegar, I just give her a "pour." She loves vinegar, apple and pears. When I am leading her in or out of a gate, if pears are in season, I have one in my hand to give her. Pears and apples have the same nutrients as vinegar, but making them into vinegar makes them shelf stable for use in the wintertime.

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Posted by David (Gloucester, UK) on 04/24/2009

I've been feeding ACV to my cows on & off for about 5 years now. I have added to the total mix ration (in a mixer wagon) at the rate of 60ml per head per day but have now reverted to pouring it in the water troughs daily or every other day. We think it is doing some good but still get recurring cases of mastitis in some cows and the odd new case occasionally. I haven't had the courage to stop using antibiotics but have cut back on the amount we used to use. New cases are drenched 100 mls mixed with water 2 x a day - seems to help. Not sure if it is the ACV or the seaweed but their feet are much harder now - so are my toenails since I started taking it!!

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Posted by Gerry (Cebu, PI) on 12/21/2008

I knew a farmer who never used expensive and dangerous penicillin when his cows got mastitis ,as he had orchards near him he gave his cows CV daily as a prevention and it worked well. I used to use Cv allot but now I am going to put some on my tongue and curl it then draw in a deep breath to nebulise it

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Posted by Gerry (Cebu, PI) on 12/21/2008

I knew a farmer who never used expensive and dangerous penicillin when his cows got mastitis ,as he had orchards near him he gave his cows CV daily as a prevention and it worked well. I used to use Cv allot but now I am going to put some on my tongue and curl it then draw in a deep breath to nebulise it.

EC: CV = Cider Vinegar

Replied by Dawn
(Grygla, MN)

Just how do you get your cows to drink CV (cider vinegar)????? Or do you treat their udders with it ??I'd be interested in how you do this.

Replied by Caroline
(King Country, New Zealand)

We come fron a large 900 cow dairy farm and we add the Apple cider vinegar into our dosatron which is then put into the troughs on the farm. We use about 10mls per cow.

We have also found that we have less retainted membranes with calving cows since this has been introduced into our farming proceedures, before calving. You will notice their coats tend to be glossier.

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Posted by Sheila (Flint, Texas) on 09/19/2008

I have read the posts on giving ACV for goats with mastitis. What is it (ACV) and where do I get it?

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar. Sorry for the confusion - we will re-label the title so it is more clear!

Replied by Amanda Knopes
(Fruitland, Idaho)

We have a small manufacturing company in Idaho called Golden Valley Vinegar where we have been making conventional and organic apple cider vinegar for 10 years. We are not a retail store but do sell in 55 gallon barrels and 275 gallon totes. Please check out our website at for questions. We do ship all over the US.

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Posted by Chris (Symsonia, Kentucky) on 03/08/2007

I am feeding my Cows, Calfs, & Goats ACV. I can really see the difference. I have a calf that doesn't have a mother. We have been bottle feeding it. I have been adding 2 Teaspoons of ACV at each feeding -- the difference between him and my other calf is amazing. I have heard about all kinds of stuff it is good for in cows but buying it in the 32oz bottles from the Health Food Store is getting expensive. Does anyone know where i can buy it larger and cheaper thanks.

Replied by Belinda
(Rnid, Okahoma)

I need some advise as to how much ACV to add to the feed of my Nubian goats wth Mastitis. We have nursing kids right now and are strugglng with two does with Mastitis. I need some help quick. Thanks for your quick reply. Belinda

Replied by Laura
(Sturgis, Mi / Usa)

I have reading the posts on using ACV for mastitis. Will this work with rabbits? How much should I use? One teaspoon?

Replied by Dancerdeb
(Langley, Bc)

Does the ACV not sour the milk the calf is drinking?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Dancerdeb,

We have used Apple Cider Vinegar in our goats' water often. They are dairy goats and we drink their milk, so we know that it has not caused it to sour.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Anita

About the question of whether the vinegar sours the milk the calf is drinking. It would sour it if it were mixed with the milk. I do not mix it with the milk. There are lots of ways to give vinegar to animals. I give it to calves or cows by pouring it over sweet feed or hay. To do this, you really need to be feeding in a hard plastic container. Vinegar will rust metal or soak into wood. It won't hurt the wood, but it will waste the vinegar. You can also put the vinegar in their drinking water, provided the water container isn't metal. It is very easy to get cows, donkeys, etc., to drink vinegar. They love it, and it's good for them.

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Posted by Peter (100 Mile, Canada) on 03/05/2007

We always had a hobby farm and quite often the milk cows would get mastitis. The vet would come and give her penicillin and after a few days it would clear up. The milk had to be thrown out in the mean time. We tried ACV -- it was an instant cure! Only 1 tbls in the morning with feed. This cure turned out to be just as effective in humans, I feel like a doctor!

Bag Balm, Cayenne

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Posted by Mlb (Del Rio, Tx) on 10/16/2010

We have had great success with rubbing bag balm mixed with cayenne pepper(Lots of it. It should be red. Don't get it on your hands or touch your face. Use gloves to apply it. ) on our Jersey's back quarter's at the first sign of hardening. We did this 5 to 6 times a day and after each milking. We also massaged the hardened quarter many times a day as well. We avoided any antibiotics by this method. We also increased milking to 4 times a day to flush her out and just discarded the milk as well. This cleared her up. It wasn't easy. The first 3 days were rather hectic but it was worth it, as we didn't have to use any meds on her. You could see the look of relief on her sweet face. In the end, it was so good knowing that we didn't use chemicals on our organic cow. It was all worth the extra work and of course, her health!

Electrolyzed Water

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Posted by Michel (West Palm Beach, Florida) on 10/06/2009

Another effective method to treat acute Mastitus is using Electrolyzed Water as replacement of antibiotics. I have been using Electrolyzed Water with approximately 200ppm HOCL and pH 6.5 instead of antibiotics. Results are very fast and the milk can be used immediately.

1) Treat cows with Electrolyzed Water AEW
2) Application with injector (syringe) at (not in) the opening of the tit.
3) Quantity: 100 to 150 ml (3 to 5oz).
4) Treat until animals daily after milking for 2-3days.

Warning: Do not exceed this dose.

Important notice:
a) Electrolyzed Water is injected by putting the injector (syringe) at the tit (not in) so there will be no damage inside. In this way, the treatment is more pleasant for cows.
Move Electrolyzed Water just like antibiotics higher in the udder by stretching.
b) When a farmer starts with Electrolyzed Water, the chronic and latent mastitis cases can be directly treated. Dead or infectious tissue of the latent infected quarter will be eliminated; this will come out of the udder. The udder becomes gentler and reoccurring incidents of mastitis are less frequent and greatly reduced. Therefore, treat cows at a moment when they do not show mastitis yet, but already show a high cell count or when one or more quarters are not feeling smooth.

c) In 90% of the cases antibiotics (by means of the injector) used for curing the udder can be replaced by Electrolyzed Water. This does not apply for antibiotics that are applied in the neck of the cow. The vet or farmer must determine to what extent antibiotics in the neck are currently significant.

d) When ELectrolyzed Water replaces antibiotics for mastitis treatment, milk can be immediately delivered to the milk factory.

For more information on Electrolyzed Water, visit

Replied by Anne
(Naples, Florida)

Do you know where electrolyzed water can be purchased in Florida with out having to buy a machine?

I live on the South west coast of Florida.

Replied by Electrolyzed Water Source
(Little River, Sc)

IET out of Little River, SC used to manufacture electrolyzed water equipment for sale, but now they only lease the equipment. Recognizing that not everyone wants equipment on site or needs hundreds of gallons per day, they now also sell the electrolyzed water in any volume. They are also EPA registered as a disinfectant (EPA # 82341-1). Visit for more information and check their "What's New" tab for recent news and information about research in dairy applications. They can be reached at 843-390-2500.