Automated mastitis detection

Results from a survey of Australian dairy farms conducted in 2015 by Dr Nico Lyons (Development Officer Robotic Milking Systems, NSW Department of Primary Industries) indicated that approximately 13% had automated mastitis detection systems installed.  

Automated mastitis detection systems use in-line sensors to monitor milk from individual cows during milking for indicators of mastitis.  While they provide a technology-based approach to identify mastitis “suspect cows”, farmers still need to inspect the alerted cows to confirm clinical mastitis.

More information

Please refer to this link, prepared by staff of DairyNZ, and provided by Dr Callum Eastwood, DairyNZ Advanced Management Technologies Team.  This fact sheet includes information on the cost of mastitis, the benefits of mastitis detection technology and how it works, as well as a list of the suppliers of the technology.

Additional information on the use of electrical conductivity to detect mastitis in milk is available from the FutureDairy team at Sydney University.

Use of electrical conductivity in milk (PDF, 138KB)