Milk test could spot common dairy cattle disease

A novel test for a component in milk could help lower the incidence of a prevalent disease in dairy cattle, research suggests.

The discovery, by a team of Roslin scientists, could help to reduce the economic and welfare impact of mastitis, characterised by mammary inflammation, and reduce the use of preventative antibiotics.

Researchers have determined that levels of a molecule found in milk cells could be used as an accurate way to detect inflammation before clinical signs of mastitis are visible, potentially enabling rapid intervention to limit the impact of disease.

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