The incidence of clinical mastitis in dairy goats is low at less than 5% per lactation (Bergonier et al., 2003), however, there is a recognised need in the industry for a simple, practical and reliable means for the detection of sub-clinical mastitis. In goats, conversely to cows, somatic cell counts (SCC) are not a reliable indicator of infection. Bacteriological cultures can be used to identify glands with subclinical infection, but this approach involves specialized sampling. Serum amyloid A (SAA) is a family of acute phase proteins that is produced in response to infection and inflammation. Levels of this protein in milk have been ...Continued
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 68, Brisbane, Australia, 105-106, 2008
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