Research finds that sampling technique impacts bacteriological results

The two techniques evaluated were conventional manual asceptic sampling by milking and an experimental sampling technique that tests the teat canal using a sterile cannula (photos).

Milk samples offer a greater understanding of the different microbial species that cause mastitis. But what if the bacteria found in milk samples are the result of sampling techniques or environment? Dr. Mari Friman, veterinarian and researcher at the University of Helsinki, conducted a study to answer this exact question. She presented her findings at World Buiatrics Congress held in Dublin, Ireland in July of last year.

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