What is Mastitis ID?
Mastitis ID is a PCR test to determine the presence and quantity of the most common contagious and environmental mastitis-causing pathogens. This test will help to determine the best approach to treating current cases and preventing future mastitis outbreaks.
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?
- Reduces costs from dumping milk
- Reduces time in parlour
- Prevents reduction in milk yield in the rest of the current lactation, as well as subsequent lactations
- Improves herd health and animal welfare
- Financial savings - 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 and subsequent lactations.
How Does It Work?
We recommend that individual cow samples be taken separately from milk recording ones to avoid cross contamination. We can also use your bulk milk samples stored in our fridge for a general picture of mastitis-causing pathogens within the herd.
We can also arrange for bulk milk samples to be tested quarterly to provide more regular results without the hassle of requesting each sample separately.
How Do I Get Started?
Call us with the number of cows you’d like to sample or if it’s being done in the bulk tank, and we’ll send you a sampling kit with instructions for you to return to us via freepost.
To order the Mastitis ID testing service, please call, email us or complete the Contact Us form below.
Results are available on Herd Companion, and we can email them to you. We can also send a copy to your vet to help you interpret results and to help with herd health planning for mastitis control.