Antibody Detection

Milk can be used to check for antibodies for the following diseases:


BVD is a viral disease which can infect cattle of any age. Infection of a pregnant cow or heifer can result in the birth of a persistently infected BVD positive calf. For more information on BVD, or the Irish National BVD programme please visit the Animal Health Ireland website.


Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis(IBR) is a disease of cattle caused by Bovine herpesvirus 1(BoHV1) IBR is associated with immunosuppression, respiratory disease and infertility. Animals remain lifelong latent carriers of the disease once infected. For more information on IBR visit

Johnes Disease (MAP)

FarmLab is currently working towards achieving accreditation for the provision of testing for Johnes Disease. For more information on Johnes Disease please visit the Animal Health Ireland website


Salmonella is a serious disease of animals which can cause acute diarrhoea, septicaemia, infertility and may be fatal.

Liver Fluke

Liver fluke is a common parasite of cattle and sheep. It has a many negative impacts on cattle and sheep health and productivity. For further information on liver fluke ask your vet or visit