Mastitis is one of the most common and expensive diseases for the dairy industry, estimated to cost as much as $200 per cow per year. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) partnered with Mississippi State University to study the use of propane heat to kill mastitis-causing pathogens in dairy barn sand bedding.

Research found propane flaming can reduce mastitis pathogens up to 30 percent and increase daily milk production as much as 2.9 pounds per head. Dairy bed sanitation would provide a year-round propane application in dairy states like Wisconsin.

PERC is committed to helping America’s farmers and ranchers efficiently power their operations. Visit for more information about propane for sanitation and other PERC agricultural programs.