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CMT Paddle

A CMT (California Mastitis Test) paddle is a tool used in the dairy industry to detect mastitis in cows. It is a simple and effective test that can be performed on the farm by herdsmen or veterinarians. The test is based on a visual change in color that occurs when an indicator reacts with somatic cells present in the milk.

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A CMT (California Mastitis Test) paddle is a tool used in the dairy industry to detect mastitis in cows. It is a simple and effective test that can be performed on the farm by herdsmen or veterinarians. The test is based on a visual change in color that occurs when an indicator reacts with somatic cells present in the milk.

The CMT paddle consists of a plastic paddle that has four cups on it. Each cup holds a reagent that reacts with somatic cells present in the milk. The reagents are usually a combination of detergent, hydrochloric acid, and a color indicator.

During the test, a sample of milk is drawn from each quarter of the udder into each of the four cups on the paddle. The paddle is then gently rocked back and forth, allowing the reagents to mix with the milk. The color of the mixture is then compared to a color chart to determine the degree of mastitis present in the cow’s udder.

The CMT is an effective and cost-efficient way to screen cows for mastitis. It can help to identify cows with early-stage mastitis so they can be treated promptly, reducing the spread of the infection and improving the overall health of the herd. It can also help to identify cows that may be more prone to developing mastitis due to management practices, such as inadequate milking or hygiene practices.

Overall, the CMT paddle is an important tool for dairy farmers, enabling them to quickly and accurately identify mastitis in their herd. It provides a simple and cost-effective way to screen cows for mastitis, allowing for prompt treatment and better herd management.