Bovine Herd Health Screening

Cattle Sera and milk can be tested for viral antibodies to screen animals for freedom from infection or on a herd basis to obtain information about disease prevalence. An industry lead control programme directed by Animal Health Ireland to eradicate BVD virus from Ireland is already successfully in place. Control programmes for Johne’s disease and IBR are also being put in place and Oldcastle Laboratories has recently gained international ISO17025 accreditation for Johne’s Disease testing from the Irish National Accreditation Board.

Antibody ELISA Assays Currently Available:
  • BVD
  • Leptospira Hardjo
  • IBR
  • Johne’s Disease*
  • Neospora Caninum
  • Salmonella Dublin
  • Liverfluke
  • Ostertagia Worms
Porcine Disease Tests Available
Porcine Bloods can be analysed for the following diseases:
  • BVD
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)
  • Porcine Circovirus
  • Swine Flu
  • Salmonella Antibody Test
  • Porcine Parvovirus
Post-Mortem Service

Calf mortality costs Irish Herdowners millions of euro each year. Identifying the cause of death through carrying out post– mortem examinations is best practice so that a logical approach can be taken to prevent/ reduce mortality. Post mortems can be performed on aborted and young calves and pigs of all ages. General bacteriology, histology and serology are performed routinely on submissions. Please contact the office before arriving with carcases.

Milk Mastitis Testing

Mastitis is a significant disease that affects all dairy herds. Milk culture testing can identify the main causes of mastitis on farms. Antibiotic sensitivity testing can be carried out on the culture to indicate the antibiotic types that may be most effective in treating the animal. Antibiotic sensitivity results should be discussed with your veterinary surgeon who will advise on appropriate treatment options.