Hello All, I am curious to get feed back on these test cards from people who use them? I use them, and I think (hope?) they work, but have questions. All three of my cows at different times have tested positive with these cards (after calving, switching to OAD, some change in routine). In some cases the color dot has turned very dark. After massaging with dynamint and being diligent for a few days it always clears up.
Here is my question. I have never seen strings, or flakes in the milk, or really any physical indications from the cow that there was a problem. No hot quarter, no redness, lumps or clumps. The only thing I have been aware of is some soreness to touch. So are these cards really working, and show there is a problem before symptoms become visible? Or are they just some sort of a gimmick?
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I also have those cards and the CMT kit. I find that when I test with the cards and it comes back + I'll then (right away) test with the CMT it is -. Mine may just be old too, who knows
But like Claire said it's not testing "just" for mastitis bacteria, but white blood cell count in general. If it's clearing up with some dynamint then don't worry about it (IMO). Just keep doing what your doing
So are they good at indicating the beginning of mastitis or am I wasting my time and money using them? My reason for using them is for the purpose of catching mastitis as early as possible, sort of a preventative thing. I test about 1x per week and if they show color I use them every milking until the color is back to normal. It's not like they change color all the time, in fact hardly at all. I can go months and months with no positives. So I guess what I am asking is would these detect mastitis earlier than if I waited for physical symptoms to appear?
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