AFBI are pleased to offer a new test that detects antibodies raised against Ostertagia ostertagi in cattle on bulk tank milk and milk samples.
Ostertagia ostertagi, commonly called the brown stomach worm, causes ostertagiosis and is one of the most common parasite infections of livestock worldwide. Infected animals may suffer from a persistent watery diarrhoea, weight loss and reduced growth in young cattle, suppressed immune system and loss in milk yield. Adult dairy cows can suffer from a subclinical infection, so infestation levels in herds should be monitored.
Management of ostertagiosis is best achieved by a combination of anthelmintic treatment and pasture control and it is important to prevent parasite build-up in the animals and their environment. Infestation level surveillance at herd level can be used to implement a treatment strategy where only truly infected herds should be treated to prevent anthelmintic resistance.
Results will be reported as having a negligible, inconclusive, or significant effect on milk yield along with ‘ODR’ values, that can be more accurately interpreted by using Fig 1.
Samples must be submitted with an AFBI farm animal submission form:
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- Protecting animal, plant and human health.
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