Cell count gizmo
INSTANT indications of cow cell counts are now possible in the parlour using a device from Germany.
David Gill of UK agents Pro-Products claim that as cell count increases the salt level of milk increases, so measuring conductivity allows cell counts to be monitored.
"It doesnt give a cell count figure because there is no direct correlation between cell count and salt level," he says. A meter reading of 300 is good; when the reading is below 300 then a cow can be monitored and the infected quarter identified and treated before clinical signs of mastitis are seen. Cost is £250. (01772-627200).