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Mastitis ID

What is this service?

A PCR test to determine the presence and quantity of the most common contagious and environmental mastitis causing pathogens.  If Staph spp. are present, the test will also indicate if these bacteria are resistant to penicillin.

Why should you do it?

Identifying which specific pathogen is causing mastitis will determine which treatment will be effective as well as determining what preventative measures to put in place to stop further cases occurring.

What are the benefits?

A single case of mastitis can cost between £70 and £250 due to dumped milk, treatment cost, additional time in the parlour and reduced milk yield in the rest of the current lactation as well as subsequent lactations.
Reducing the number of mastitis cases will therefore help your profit margins while improving herd health and animal welfare at the same time.

What is involved?

We recommend that individual cow samples are taken separately to milk recording ones to avoid any cross contamination.  Call us with the number of cows you'd like to sample and we'll send you a sampling kit with instructions for you to return to us via freepost.

We can also use your bulk milk samples stored in our fridge for a general picture of mastitis causing pathogens within the herd.  Again, call us and we'll arrange for the next available sample to be tested or we can select one that's from a specific date if we have it stored.  We can also arrange for bulk milk samples to be tested on a quarterly basis to provide more regular results without the hassle of requesting each sample separately.


How much does testing cost?

Mastitis ID (1 - 5 samples) £20.60 + vat per sample
Mastitis ID (6 + samples) £19.57 + vat per sample

Have you thought about combining the Mastitis ID with a Parlour Hygiene Suite on a bulk sample?  This service is called Bactobreakdown and costs £46.35 + vat for both sets of results.
 

What happens next?

If you would like to order the Mastitis ID testing service please call, email us or complete the contact us form opposite:  

Once we have your results, they will be available on Herd Companion and will be emailed to you directly.  We can also send a copy to your vet for their records and to help you interpret results for the best cause of action.