Mastitis in sheep
Rapid, suitable treatment from onset, aided by accurate bacterial identification will enable rapid intervention. Key methods of detection include:
- Visual observation of the ewe and udder- Certain signs such as abscesses, lumps in the udder and an increase in udder temperature can indicate an infection.
- Bacterial culture- Growing bacteria to identify which bacteria are present in milk samples.
- California Mastitis Test (CMT)- A rapid, cow-side test that gives an indication of the SCC and thus the level of infection in the udder.
- Measurement of somatic cell count (SCC)- Somatic cell count (SCC) is the number of somatic cells present per millilitre of milk (cells/ml). When the udder half is infected with bacteria, inflammation is triggered and the number of somatic cells in the udder rises rapidly.