Inflammation of the mammary gland of cattle is defined as a multifactorial disease, which from the breeder's point of view has several "mosts and largests". It is the most frequent health problem, which results in the largest economic losses in the field of dairy health care, it is also the most common infectious disease, in addition, with the largest share of antibiotic consumption. This list in itself gives an idea of the seriousness of the problem and is a challenge for a joint solution by management, zootechnicians and veterinarians.
The result of this effort should be a comprehensive mastitis management system developed for the needs of a specific farm.
Refer to the references for information on using the PM test directly from farmers.
We developed the PM test for on-farm microbiological diagnosis of mastitis. The petri dish is divided into three sectors containing three different culture media for growing and diagnosing bacteria and other mastitis agents (see Atlas of agents - in the Pure Milk Test section). In the picture above we can see that bacteria in different colors grow in each part of the PM test, you can see the results of different cultivations in more detail in the Atlas of Mastitis Agents.
The individual sectors of the PM test grow: staphylococci, streptococci and gram-negative rods, which include enterobacteria causing severe forms of mastitis with impairment of the overall health - Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others. The growth in a certain sector and the appearance and color of the grown bacterial colonies differ and this allows their identification.
Any verification or determination of the microorganism will be performed in our cooperating laboratory with the determination of sensitivity to antibiotics.
Our veterinarians and application specialists will explain, show and give you a system for classifying the agent and help you with everything you need to identify the agent, set up and quickly start the right treatment for mastitis.