Veterinary practices can now take advantage of a wide range of disease testing services under National Milk Records’ (NMR) Request and Test scheme.

Veterinary practices can now take advantage of a wide range of disease testing services under National Milk Records’ (NMR) Request and Test scheme.

Vets can order specific disease tests to be carried out on milk samples.Accessed through NMR’s web-based system, Herd Companion, vets can order specific disease tests to be carried out on milk samples.

The tests are carried out through the company’s National Milk Laboratories facility and are available for a wide range of diseases and infections, including:

  • Neospora,
  • liver fluke, and
  • leptospirosis.

Chris Spence from National Milk Laboratories vet services said: “With permission from their dairy clients, vets can use this online service to request particular disease tests to be carried out on bulk milk samples. Our NML laboratory already keeps a supply of bulk milk samples for 98% of British dairy herds. On request, these can be accessed and used for carrying out disease tests.

“The great advantage with NMR’s Request and Test service, above other disease testing services, is that there is no further milk sampling required on farm by the producer or the vet and it avoids any packaging and posting of milk samples that can encounter contamination and damage en route.

“Instead, the service offers a fast, efficient and seamless delivery of results through Herd Companion directly to the vet to facilitate the rapid diagnosis of problems.”

 

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