Mastitis has a significant adverse economic effect on dairy farmers throughout the world. Currently, most detection methods available are for the bulk milk tank. These methods do not facilitate rapid isolation of the infected cow. The developing MasTech™ product is designed to enable early identification of the infected cow during the milking process.
The MasTech™ product, developed by multi-disciplinary student team, AH TechnologyTM, is unique in that it is an automated device which can be retrofit to any existing milking parlour and will test the milk sample during the milking process causing minimal disruption to the farmer. The early identification and isolation of the infected cow by MasTech™ has major animal welfare and husbandry benefits for the cow and herd, and also has significant and on-going financial benefits for the farmer, creamery, and milk processor.