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How to perform the California Mastitis Test (CMT)

The CMT is still widely used for identifying quarters affected by subclinical mastitis, both on commercial farms and in research trials. The CMT was developed by finding a reagent that would enhance the release of ‘abnormal material’, which later proved to be DNA from white blood cells, and eliminate the confounding effect of milk fat on the reaction. The combination of milk with an anionic surface-active agent dissolves the walls of any cells in the milk, causing them to rupture and release their contents. The extent of this reaction increases with the cell count of the milk, and allows for a subjective score. Differences between operators in the interpretation of the CMT are inevitable but this can be minimised with training and the use of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) such as the one below:

How to perform the CMT Test

 

 

How to SEND your on-farm data to QMMS for full milk recording

For clients using on-farm software to keep their herd records (such as SUM-IT Total Dairy, Uniform Agri, DairyPlan C21, Interherd etc), the links below will remind you how to send a back up to QMMS on milk recording day to allow analysis and 'full' milk recording.

How to send your SUM-IT data (QM Manager, DairyMate or Total Dairy) to QMMS

How to send your Uniform Agri data to QMMS

How to send your DairyPlan C21 data to QMMS

How to send your INTERHERD data to QMMS

 

 

How to IMPORT your QMMS milk recording data into SUM-IT software

For clients using on-farm SUM-IT software (QM Manager, DairyMate or Total), the link below will allow you to import electronic milk recording and Johnes testing results into your software ready to view reports and analysis

How to IMPORT your QMMS results into QM Manager and DairyMate SUM-IT software

How to IMPORT your QMMS results into SUM-IT Total Dairy software

 

 

How to IMPORT your QMMS milk recording data into other on-farm software

For clients using other on-farm software to keep their herd records (such as Uniform Agri, DairyPlan C21, Interherd or Farm Wizard), the links below will allow you to import your electronic milk recording results into your software. Please note that Johnes antibody test results cannot be imported into non-SUM-IT software.

How to import QMMS milk recording results into Uniform Agri software

How to import QMMS milk recording results into DairyPlan C21

How to import QMMS milk recording results into Interherd

 

 

How to VIEW your QMMS data analysis using 'read-only' SUM-IT software

For clients not using on-farm SUM-IT software to keep records, you will be sent QMMS analysis to view using your read-only 'QM Manager' software. The link below will allow you to VIEW your QMMS milk recording and Johnes testing results reports and analysis using your read-only SUM-IT software. Please not you will also have to IMPORT your QMMS milk recording results into whichever on farm software you are using - see below

How to VIEW your QMMS results and analysis using 'read-only' QM Manager SUM-IT software

 

 

How to collect an aseptic (clean) MILK sample for bacteriology

A good sampling technique is essential if meaningful results are going to be generated from the samples you collect. The reason for this is that many of the pathogens that cause mastitis are also in the environment, and if your samples are not collected appropriately it is impossible to differentiate any causal organism(s) from other contaminants. In addition, the teat canal and teat skin are often colonized by 'minor' pathogens and without thorough cleaning and stripping of fore-milk these might predominate in your sample.

How to collect an aseptic milk sample

 

 

How to collect a BULK TANK sample for bacteriology and differential counts

QMMS offer a range of tests to investigate issues associated with increased Bactoscan and Total Bacterial Counts in bulk milk. These include a full breakdown and counts of all the organisms present in the bulk milk alongside a 'direct plating' to identify particular pathogens that are present. Specialist veterinary advice and comments are provided - and instructions are available below to ensure a clean sample from the bulk milk:

How to collect a Bulk Tank Sample

 

 

How to install your copy of the Quality Milk Manager software for use on farm

The QM Manager software is supplied to clients who are using the full milk recording service from QMMS, either to view their milk recording and Johnes antibody testing results alongside existing on-farm software or to use as a database on farm in addition to viewing results. The software is simple to use and provides an entry-level dairy herd management tool.

How to install QM Manager

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