Staphylococcus aureus ELISA
Who can use it?
Herd testing companies (or their contracted laboratory service provider) and veterinary pathology companies.
Which samples should be used?
High-SCC herd test (pooled quarter) milk samples.
Why should farmers subscribe to this test?
Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous pathogen, affecting every dairy region in the world. It is notorious for being highly contagious, elusive to detect and difficult to treat successfully.
Receiving Staph. aureus-positive cow reports allow farmers to focus their efforts, and those of their veterinarian, on a much smaller group of animals, enabling more judicious use of antibiotics.
Identifying Staph. aureus-positive cows via the herd testing process enables informed treatment and herd management decisions to be made.
Taking the right course of action quickly has several benefits:
It minimises harm to infected animals, protecting genetic worth
It minimises financial losses from withheld milk and ongoing costs of veterinary care
It reduces total antibiotic usage
It prevents contagious animals spreading the infection within the herd via milking equipmen
How does it work?
Koru’s ELISA test acts as a screening tool to detect Staph. aureus-specific antibodies in herd test milk, allowing high-throughput, low-cost screening of high-somatic cell count (SCC) milk samples.