A grant has been awarded to develop an on-farm test to diagnose mastitis in cattle.
After being awarded a grant from Innovate UK worth £805,000, Abingdon Health will be working on the project alongside Glasgow University over a 30-month period.
Mastitis currently has an estimated £14-£23 billion global impact on the dairy industry, according to Abingdon Health.
It is hoping the test will assist farmers’ when making decisions on antimicrobial treatment of cows with mastitis, as well as providing the opportunity to reduce antimicrobial use where appropriate.
Abingdon Health’s Dr David Pritchard said: “We are very much looking forward to collaborating with the University of Glasgow to start translating their research into a commercially available product that can not only detect mastitis but also guide treatment.
“We believe this test will provide benefits to the dairy industry in terms of milk quality and yield and to the cattle in terms of animal welfare. In addition, there will be public health benefits resulting from reduced antimicrobial use.”