Aerobic bacterial culture of bovine milk with clinical or sub-clinical mastitis. This test is for individual or composite quarter samples; bulk tank milk samples cannot be analyzed using this procedure. This test follows the National Mastitis Council guidelines for culture and only significant bovine mastitis pathogens will be reported. Bacterial isolates are identified using MALDI-TOF MS technology. Antimicrobial sensitivity testing by disk diffusion, when indicated, is not included; additional charges will apply. Antimicrobial sensitivity testing conforms to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) standards. For more information milk collection techniques, please review the guidelines in the Reference Guide.

Please notify laboratory at least 24 h in advance before submitting herd/farm-level screening (i.e., submitting greater than 15 samples at one time).


Test Code: MAST1 (<=10 samples)
Test Code: MAST2 (>10 samples)
Test Code: MKB (antimicrobial sensitivity testing by disk diffusion)

Test Days:M-Sat
Turn Around Time (Days):2-5 days

Milk (see method of collection in Reference Guide)
Swabs are NOT appropriate for mastitis culture


Sterile, leak-proof container (screw cap preferred)
Do NOT submit in rectal sleeves or non-sterile containers.

Handling/ Storage:


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