Milk Culture

Section: Bacteriology

Fee: $15.00 ($10.00 if > 19 samples)

Turnaround Time: 3 - 5 business days

Days Test Started: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Species: Bovine, Ruminant




Minimum Amount


Sterile container


Collection Information

Follow pre-milking procedures, then direct a stream of milk into a sterile container, preferably held horizontally to reduce the risk of drop in contaminants. Samples may be collected from one or multiple teats (composite sample) from one animal.

Shipping Information

If shipping different tissue types, clearly label each container with owner and animal ID (if applicable) and sample/tissue type. Ship specimens overnight with an ice pack. DO NOT SHIP OVER WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY.

Additional Information
National Mastitis Counsel guidelines for reporting are followed. If 3 or more bacterial species are present, the result is reported as \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"contaminated\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" with a recommendation to re-sample.

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