Microbiology

Microbiology

Mastitis

Mastitis is a common disease of cattle worldwide. Mastitis 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.

For more information on mastitis talk to your vet or visit Animal Health Ireland.

Milk Culture & Sensitivity Testing

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 mastitis.

Milk samples should be collected as aseptically (cleanly as possible), please download our mastitis information note for more details

RT-PCR based test for Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus dysgalactia, Streptococcus agalactia, Streptococcus uberis and Mycoplasma bovis contact us for more details

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