A study by Oregon State University researcher Dr. Gerd Bobe found that metabolites in the blood are able to identify whether or not early milk-producing cows are prone to mastitis. The study was designed to identify predictive serum indicators of periparturient diseases in dairy cows. The findings, said Dr. Bobe, could be used to develop a simple early-detection tool that would enable dairy farmers to identify cows that benefit from preventative treatment.
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