This month, DRECA’s Kira Macmillan interviewed Dr. Kafipour regarding his work involving the udder microbiome and the connection between the gut and mammary microbiomes. Recent studies have indicated that disturbance (subacute ruminal acidosis) and stabilization (probiotics) of the gut microbiome can impact the immune response as well as the udder microbiome and somatic cell count.

In DRECA’s Student Research Update series, Dennis Vu, a Masters student at the University of Calgary, presents his project on the development of a probiotic udder application to prevent mastitis.