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The Electrical Conductivity of Bovine Milk in Mastitis Diagnosis


The electrical conductivity (EC) of milk is mainly a function of the electrolyte concentration in the milk and therefore raised in mastitis. The present investigation was aimed at elaborating, if possible, a diagnostic model for screening purposes based on EC determinations and consistent with the diagnostic procedures and interpretations commonly used in laboratory milk diagnosis in the Nordic countries (Klastrup 1975). According to this diagnosis (here called reference diagnosis) cell numbers above 300,000/ml (cell count or the corresponding CMT-score) in foremilk quarter samples during the main part of the lactation period and significantly above the lowest value on within-udder comparison during late lactation are considered indicative of mastitis and bacteriological examinations are made when called for.


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Isaksson, A., Philips, A., Göransson, E. et al. The Electrical Conductivity of Bovine Milk in Mastitis Diagnosis. Acta Vet Scand 28, 455–457 (1987).

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