Analytical solutions for central milk testing – payment & dairy herd improvement
It is all about being first because that’s what keeps central milk testing in business
Where FOSS adds value
Raw milk holds a wealth of valuable data that can help us to make significant improvements in the dairy milk supply. For over 40 years, FOSS hasworked to unlock this value by developing dedicated analytical solutions for central milk testing laboratories, allowing you to offer an unrivalled range of services within dairy herd improvement and payment analysis. Within dairy herd improvement, accurate and timely analysis results provided by FOSS solutions helps dairy farmers to: • Optimise feeding • Combat diseases such as mastitis • Improvebreeding programmes • Manage culling Similarly, in payment analysis of raw milk, FOSS solutions help to: • Ensure compositional quality • Improve hygienic quality • Screen for food safety
For over 40 years FOSS has led the way in improving raw milk quality around the globe
FOSS works side by side with dairies and milk testing laboratories aroundthe world. Often being the first with groundbreaking innovations, our goal is to keep you a few steps ahead of the game with new analysis options for improved business opportunities. Here’s a selection of some of our innovations over the years. FOSS was first to: • Develop a rapid method for individual bacteria count as used in BactoScan™ • Introduce automatic somatic cell counting as used inFossomatic™ • Use Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) for milk analysis • Implement routine analysis of urea with MilkoScan™ for optimised feeding • Offer fast screening of fatty acids with MilkoScan for improved milk quality • Use RFID recognition of samples • Offer routine analysis of Casein • Offer up to 600 samples an hour • Develop screening for adulteration • Offer screening forketosis by FTIR • Provide automatic measurement of freezing point depression with MilkoScan • Link instruments in networks for online support
Routine tests avoid the costs of disease
Milk analysis with FOSS can reveal important information about the health of the dairy herd
How to avoid clinical and sub-clinical mastitis Mastitis is a costly disease both for individual farmersand the dairy industry as a whole, leading to unwanted veterinary costs, antibiotics, milk retention, decreased yield, poor quality and reduced payment and culling. Somatic cells are white blood cells (leukocytes) and cells from the udder secretory tissue (epithelial cells) which eliminate infections and repair tissue damage done by bacteria.
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SOMATIC CELL COUNT IN 1000
Regular testing of somatic cell count helps to avoid unnecessary loss of milk and valuable constituents due to mastitis.
The somatic cell count is very low in uninfected glands. However, when infection or damage occurs in the udder, the body sends high numbers of somatic cells to the injured site. The somatic cell count is therefore acommon measure of mammary gland health and milk quality. Mastitis can be clinical (SCC usually > 1 mill.) or sub-clinical (usually 200,000 < SCC < 1 mill.). Of critical importance for the dairy farmer is to not only catch the obvious clinical cases, but the sub clinical as well. For every cow with clinical mastitis there are 15 – 40 others with sub-clinical mastitis and a substantial loss ofyield occurs already at this sub-clinical stage. Regular tests for somatic cell count allow results for individual cows to be monitored over time and any changes in somatic cell count can be used to give farmers a timely warning.
“For every cow with clinical mastitis there are 15 – 40 others with sub clinical mastitis”
ACETONE/BHB CONCENTRATION HIGH RISk OF kETOSIS Treat cow
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