Other considerations include providing a clean environment to culture the samples and review plates to prevent contamination, investing in the right equipment including an incubator and plates, and finally, a proper disposal area for pathogenic materials.
“The bottom line is that with the information provided by on-farm culturing, producers can save money and increase the odds of a full cure on first treatment,” says Tikofsky. “If you treat right the first time, then the affected cow is back in the tank quicker and you save on milk discard.”
Tikofsky recommends that dairy producers visit with their consulting veterinarian about the advantages and implications of implementing an on-farm culturing system.
Here are some additional tips for on-farm culturing offered by Sarah Wagner, veterinarian and assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University.
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.