Milk Testing Available:
- Butterfat Content
- Full Milk Profile
- No pooling so samples are reported faster.
- Somatic Cell Count
- Total Bacteria Count
- Presence of Antibiotics
- General Bacteria and Sensitivity
- Ostertagia Milk ELISA
Somatic Cell Count
It is now a requirement to maintain SCC levels in bulk milk less than 400,000/ml in compliance with EU standards. To achieve this target consistently bulk milk SCC levels should average < 200,000/ml. It is difficult to control the SCC in bulk milk if the SCC of every cow within the herd is not monitored regularly. Early detection of subclinical mastitis using SCC testing in individual cows provides an effective indicator for detecting (I) cows with new infections (ii) cows with persistent problems (chronic cows) and (iii) cows with transient problems. These SCC data are useful when selecting cows for culling and also as a means of selecting cows for antibiotic therapy in the dry period.
Intervet/ Schering Plough Dairycheck
A complimentary bulk milk analysis for antibodies to BVD, Leptospirosis and IBR is available nationwide through Intervet/ Schering Plough. The first step in controlling these important diseases is assessing your herd status. All analysis is carried out at Oldcastle Laboratories. Results are sent to your own veterinary surgeon. Follow up testing of individual cow’s milk may also be carried out at Oldcastle Laboratories at competitive prices. Please contact us for further information.