A low somatic cell count (SCC) can have a significant positive impact on your bottom line. Take a proactive approach to lower the therapeutic use of antibiotics on your farm and make management changes that will reduce the prevalence of mastitis causing organisms. Work with your veterinarian to establish the appropriate treatment protocol for your herd. Click here for printable PDF.
CONVENIENT - Use a preserved DHI milk sample to identify mastitis pathogens. Under the right conditions, this test can be done on the same preserved milk samples collected on test day for routine DHI (SCC and components) analysis.
RELIABLE - Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology is employed to detect strains of bacteria. PCR is a process that replicates DNA to quickly and positively identify
FAST - The Easy Mastitis Test has an advantage in speed. Once samples are received, results can be made available in two days or less, depending on laboratory volume.
FLEXIBLE - Work with your veterinarian to develop a testing strategy that works best for your herd. Select specific groups or pens of cows, or identify individual animals based on history and SCC thresholds. Producers have the option to send one milk sample from an individual cow or pool samples from multiple cows to determine which organisms are most prevalent.
TARGETED - Identify the probable cause of infection. Easy Mastitis Test is available in two versions: Contagious Panel and Complete Panel.
KEY POINTS - Easy Mastitis Test does not replace traditional bacterial cultures. It is intended to be used as a screen. Aseptically collected bacterial cultures are recommended to verify positive Easy Mastitis Test pathogen results. Use this combination of test methods to most effectively pinpoint the source of udder health problems. For best results, work with your veterinarian to devise an udder health management plan and make decisions that will reduce the prevalence of mastitis causing organisms while establishing the appropriate treatment protocol for your herd. Contact your Field Technician to ask about submitting Easy Mastitis Test samples on test day.
SUBMITTING A SAMPLE - Easy Mastitis Test samples can be submitted any time during the month. For additional information and to order collection kits and sampling instructions, contact:
ASEPTIC BACTERIAL CULTURES are processed by AgSource Laboratories, located in Marshfield, Wis. In addition to providing bacterial culture analysis for aseptically collected milk samples, the laboratory can culture bedding, teat dip, cow mats, milking gloves or any other substances suspected to harbor mastitis-causing bacteria. For additional information and to order collection kits and sampling instructions, contact: