IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test
Optimizing fertility to increase milk yield
Milk producers know that the key to increasing milk yield is ensuring that herds are managed for optimum fertility. Regular pregnancy checks will help increase pregnancy rates. And now there’s a new test that uses a milk sample conveniently collected at the time of milking to help support those checks: the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test.
A simple and reliable method for early detection of open cows
With the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test, open cows can be detected as soon as 28 days after breeding and re-inseminated in a timely manner. The sample can be taken without any extra effort and tested alongside other parameters such as fat and somatic cell count. Just a couple of drops of milk are sufficient. If a milk sample is not available, IDEXX also offers a test that can be performed using a blood sample.
“It’s so easy,” Dominik Busch, farmer in Heidenheim, Germany, said. “Milk samples can be collected without interrupting the routine work with the cows.”
Even when cows are milked automatically, creating the risk of residue being carried over from one cow to another, experience shows that the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test can be carried out reliably.
As a part of the reproductive management program, open cows should be seen by the veterinarian to determine appropriate action.
Proven laboratory accuracy
In one of Europe’s largest milk testing laboratories in southern Germany, 40,000 milk recording samples arrive every day. Milk is tested for protein, fat content, and somatic cell count, but can also be tested to see if cows are pregnant. Over 100,000 samples have been reliably tested here using the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test.
“The laboratory test is very dependable,” said Christian Baumgartner, Laboratory Manager at Milchprüfring Bayern e.V., “which means that very reliable proof is provided in the protein that forms at pregnancy.”
Farmer Heinrich Reisslein, Degersheim, Germany, is another convert to the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test. “The test can be done from 28 days,” he said. “You have a reliable test that tells you if the cow is pregnant or not.”
“The important thing for me is to get the cows in calf quickly—a calf every year,” said Busch. “And that’s why I want to know at an early stage whether or not the cow really is in calf. Since I use the IDEXX test, I have a very short calving interval.”
Proof in productivity and profitability
Farmers all over the world are improving herd management with the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test. Results, ready as early as the next day, arrive by email or as a text message to your phone. For more information about the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test, contact your milk tester or veterinarian.
The important thing for me is to get the cows in calf quickly—a calf every year. And that’s why I want to know at an early stage whether or not the cow really is in calf. Since I use the IDEXX test, I have a very short calving interval.
Dominik Busch, farmer, Heidenheim, Germany