Mastitis is a common disease of cattle . It can result in significant welfare issues for cattle and also results in huge economic losses through milk wastage, treatment costs and loss of productivity. Early and accurate identification of the organisms involved in mastitis can offer great benefits in controlling the disease at farm level.
Samples of milk can be cultured in the lab to try to identify which bacteria may be present in the milk sample. This process takes up to 72 hours, and may be a help in advising vets on which antibiotic to use in particular cases of the disease.
Milk samples should be collected as aseptically (cleanly as possible) Click here to see a step by step video on how to take your samples correctly.