Why Species Matter
Udder Health Systems has maintained a long term commitment to providing state of the art dairy diagnostic products and services. As part of this commitment, we remain convinced that there are times in our industry when we can provide significant additional value to our laboratory customers by determining species differentiation. Udder Health Systems believes that this is the case for Mycoplasma testing on cow milk.
Since the 1970’s the dairy industry has recognized that Mycoplasma mastitis presents a significant threat to dairy management with its alarming clinical mastitis rates, as well as expensive and cumbersome disease control requirements. Added to this threat was the annoying inevitability that standard culture detection is slow (7-10 days incubation) and can produce “False Positives” in the form of the contaminant organism Acholeplasma. The Udder Health Systems Molecular Diagnostics Services now resolves these concerns, with a full spectrum of rapid PCR based Mycoplasma detection, confirmation and species identification methods.
This service is available to veterinarians, dairy consultants, or dairymen who wish to submit milk samples to UHS to look for Mycoplasma. It also available to other diagnostic laboratories who wish to use this as an out-lab service where “positive” culture plates or milk samples may be submitted for rapid testing. When submitting these samples, please select from our submission form, one of the following Test Codes: