Antibiotic usage must be monitored in order to slow down the rate of antibiotic resistance. One major issue that is found on farms across the world is increased somatic cell counts in animals suffering from mastitis. However, sub-clinical mastitis means that these individuals do not present with symptoms therefore, it is difficult to target treat these individuals. A new technology that identifies the somatic cell count of individuals using DNA analysis within bulk samples has been developed as a novel technique for disease diagnosis. This technology could help improve herd management and help reduce antibiotic usage across the industry.
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FarmingUK: First Milk farmers trial new tech to transform herd management