New markers and assays from Porto Conte Ricerche, Sardinia - In addition to the well known problems in dairy cows, mastitis causes significant losses on small ruminant dairy farms. The impact on milk quantity and quality of the subclinical disease is made worse by the suboptimal diagnostic performance of Somatic Cell Counts. In areas where small ruminant farming is an important part of the local economy, such as in Sardinia and in other Mediterranean countries, improving mastitis detection is a primary need. The Research & Development Laboratories at Porto Conte Ricerche, in the heart of the Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, have accepted the daunting challenge of finding new markers and of developing novel, high-performance assays for mastitis.
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