FarmLab Diagnostics are now accredited to ISO17025 standard for Neospora elisa antibody testing and MAP(Johnes) faecal PCR testing. FarmLab are delighted to have been awarded accreditation for these tests by the Irish National Accreditation Board.

Veterinary sample submission form

We have updated our sample submission form for veterinary practitioners to include all the new tests which we have added recently. We have also included some explanatory notes relating to the various tests . We would ask veterinary practitioners to use this sample submission form when submitting samples.

Submission Form

We have added an updated submission form on our downloads page. There is also now a Word version of the submission form for anyone who would like to fill it in electronically. We have added an option to indicate whether sample results should be transferred to ICBF or not. This is particularly significant for Johnes disease tests.

Schmallenberg Virus

We have seen a lot of deformities in newborn calves this year in Co. Roscommon. In most cases these have been “dwarf” calves. Some herds have had one or two, whereas others have had many such calves. It seems that prolonged feeding of cows on silage of variable quality has led to the widespread occurrence of this problem. We have also seen a number of other deformities in cattle and sheep.

Pneumonia in vaccinated cattle

A recent study of cattle presenting with clinical signs of  pneumonia which had previously been vaccinated with a respiratory vaccine have shown pasteurella multocida to be the most common bacteria associated with the respiratory outbreak. The study was outlined in a recent issue of the Veterinary Record

New Tests for 2015

FarmLab Diagnostics have added some new tests to their range of testing services for 2015. Of particular interest are some new PCR-based tests, including tests to diagnose the presence of Mycoplasma bovis. Mycoplasma bovis is something which has become more topical in recent years due to its suspected involvement in cases of bovine mastitis in adult cows, and respiratory disease in younger cattle. Mycoplasma is very difficult to treat, hence the importance  of attaining an early and accurate diagnosis.

Mastitis testing

We offer a milk testing service to identify the causes of high somatic cell count and mastitis in milking cows. This can be quite useful before drying off cows to help farmers and their vets on deciding what steps to take on the farm to reduce somatic cell count and mastitis on the farm. If you are interested in having an analysis of mik samples carried out please conatct us so we can send out some sampling kits to you

Mastitis in heifers

A recent study in The Veterinary Journal shows that mastitis in hefers is associated with many factors, including negative energy balance in early lactation. Other relevant factors include breed, udder conformation and breeding values.

Liver fluke at housing has a significant negative effect on liveweight gain

A recent study in the Veterinary Record has shown that the presence of fluke infections in cattle at housing resulted in a serious reduction in liveweight gain during housing. The study which was conducted by monitoring 4 groups from a group of 64 weanlings (170- 370 kg ) in Scotland. One group was left untreated, while each of the three other groups were treated using a range of treatments. Before treatment the cattle were monitored for the presence of liver fluke infection by using two tests: liver fluke egg visualistaion and coproantigen testing.