Poor pas­ture growth takes a toll

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

(it takes less than a minute to run each sam­ple). This gives the op­tion of re­mov­ing the in­di­vid­ual high cows and retest­ing the vat prior to the next pick up, to as­sess the im­pact of re­mov­ing these cows.

Re­duc­ing the time taken to get a pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of ‘‘mas­ti­tis cows’’ means treat­ment is started sooner (or the de­ci­sion to cull if se­vere), which in­creases the chances of the in­fec­tion clear­ing up.

Once a cow has been treated, her so­matic cell count can be checked to en­sure her cell count be­fore putting back into the vat.

Anal­y­sis: Tech­ni­cian Trevor Chubb us­ing the Delaval so­matic cell count ma­chine.

Close up:

A plated milk sam­ple show­ing growth of bac­te­ria.

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