The most recent edition of the Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis contains three new chapters. Chapter 4 addresses molecular techniques. These techniques are the most recent development in pathogen diagnosis and are becoming more accurate in identifying causative organisms by genus and species, as well as strain type. Mycoplasmas are now discussed in their own chapter – Chapter 8 – instead of with miscellaneous organisms. And, the new Chapter 12 covers on-farm culture systems.
Microbial culture remains the backbone of mastitis diagnosis. The book addresses microbial culture methods, including the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques in terms of accuracy, specificity and sensitivity of detection, cost and turnaround time.
The Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis includes information, photographs and illustrations, regarding sample collection and handling, diagnostic equipment and materials, diagnostic procedures, molecular diagnostics, mastitis pathogens, somatic cell count, bulk tank culture and on-farm culture. Also, the book contains appendices on general isolation media, mycoplasma medium and testing procedures, other media, testing procedures and stains.
To order the book, which costs $130 for NMC members and $150 for non-members, plus shipping, mail, fax or e-mail your order to: National Mastitis Council, 126 West Main Street, New Prague, MN 56071 USA, fax: (952) 758-5813, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMC thanks Margarita Cabrera, a veterinarian and translator, for translating this publication.
National Mastitis Council is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.