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.