Managing Milk Quality

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Managing Milk Quality

Fresh cow surveillance is not new

Systemic monitoring of fresh cows is not a new idea, but until now, keeping track of infections early in lactation was difficult. Current bacterial culture processes can be a hassle, expensive and not always suitable for on-farm testing. Results may take days or weeks and can be confounded by false negatives or positives.

Not identifying infection quickly has a significant impact

  • A single case of mastitis during the first 30 days in milk is estimated to cost producers $444
  • 30% is related to direct costs of treatment and discarded milk at the time of disease occurrence
  • Majority of costs are indirect - future milk production losses, premature culling, replacement losses and future reproductive losses

Acumen is changing the game

By providing on-farm PCR technology, producers now have access to the fastest, most specific and convenient way to know if DNA associated with mastitis-causing organisms is present in the milk.

Chris Tera, Red Top Jerseys Dairy

With Acumen Detection, we are able to learn in three hours what used to take seven days, making it easier to stop outbreaks and prevent positive cows from contaminating the herd.