A cow-side milk test that indicates the presence of subclinical ketosis
A convenient, cow-side test to diagnose subclinical ketosis (SCK) is available for U.S. dairies. Keto-Test is a simple milk-dip test strip that changes color in the presence of abnormally high concentrations of circulating ketone bodies, which indicates the presence of subclinical ketosis.1
Subclinical ketosis typically occurs in early lactation when cows are in negative energy balance. An estimated 15% of cows in U.S. dairy herds have ketosis or subclinical ketosis.2 The cost of a single case of subclinical ketosis (SCK) is estimated to be $78.3
Cost-effective screening program provides a first step in preventing loss
The ease of use of Keto-Test provides dairy producers a cost-effective ketosis-screening program to help determine when further investigation of the herd’s health is warranted, and to help identify subclinical ketosis before it becomes clinical ketosis.
Keto-Test can readily be incorporated as part of a routine fresh cow program or for herd screening. Likewise, monitoring for subclinical ketosis can aid nutritionists and veterinarians in evaluating the dairy’s transition cow program.
To learn more about ketosis and Keto-Test, contact your Elanco sales representative.
Subclinical ketosis (SCK) is a metabolic condition associated with:3,4,5
- Increased incidence of displaced abomasums
- Lost milk production
- Impaired reproductive performance
- An increased risk for early culling
Subclinical ketosis typically occurs in early lactation, when animals are in negative energy balance. An estimated 15 percent of cows in U.S. dairy herds have ketosis or subclinical ketosis.2 To prevent SCK from becoming clinical disease, cows must be identified early so effective treatment can begin.
Percentage of cows with SCK by week of lactation determined by blood BHBA > 1200 μmol/L.3
A low-cost cow-side test for diagnosing subclinical ketosis is available to U.S. dairies. An effective tool in Canadian dairies for eight years, Keto-Test is a simple milk-dip test strip that changes color in the presence of abnormally high concentrations of circulating ketone bodies.1