Monday 11 December, 2023

Managing mastitis effectively with Mastatest

Mastaplex’s Mastatest provides a simple and effective solution for farmers wanting to better manage mastitis. We take a look at how this fully automated mastitis diagnostic could be changing the game for dairy farmers.

clock • 1 min read
Managing mastitis effectively with Mastatest

Mastatest rapidly informs dairy farmers about the cause of mastitis cases and antibiotic sensitivity and gives a vet-recommended treatment protocol. It also provides farmers with long-term herd insight to guide management decisions.

So how does it work?

A collected milk sample is poured into a cartridge, placed in the ‘Lapbox' hardware unit, and a cycle is started, a process which takes less than 30 seconds.

The sample is then automatically processed in the Lapbox, which works by capturing images of the colour-change reactions within the cartridge and transmitting them to the cloud for analysis and interpretation.

In just 24 hours, farmers receive an electronic notification of the result, stating the cause of mastitis, the antibiotic sensitivity of the strain present, and a recommended treatment plan based on the protocol determined by your vet.


And with all on-farm data captured in an online console, it is fully accessible, aiding farmers to build a reliable programme for mastitis control planning.

Targeting antibiotic use

According to Mastaplex, up to 50 per cent of mastitis cases on UK dairy farms are caused by gram-negative bacteria such as E.coli, or do not have a bacterial cause.

But for those cows that do have a gram-positive mastitis infection, Mastatest's unique system can indicate which antibiotic the strain will be most sensitive to, helping to target antibiotic usage.

By using Mastatest, farmers can reduce the use of antibiotics, leading to fewer and shorter milk withholding periods.

Future-proof your farm

With the help of Mastatest, you can identify optimal treatment options for your herd and the farm-specific data set will help inform your mastitis management decisions.

For more information about installing Mastatest, go to

More on New Zealand Agritech

UK farmers using NZ innovations to boost productivity

UK farmers using NZ innovations to boost productivity

For most farmers, lifting productivity by increasing efficiency is key, and UK farmers have been taking advantage of some New Zealand agritech which is helping do just that

clock 19 October 2023 • 6 min read
Key livestock management solutions to boost productivity on-farm - Datamars

Key livestock management solutions to boost productivity on-farm - Datamars

For effective and sustainable livestock management, we take a look at key weighing solutions that can boost productivity and reduce risk on-farm.

clock 07 August 2023 • 3 min read


We are Kaiwaka Clothing. Makers of outdoor workwear that's guaranteed to last. Everything we produce is designed to endure the toughest days, year in and year out. High-performance, high-tech gear that keeps you working, and keeps you dry, warm and comfortable - whatever nature throws your way...

clock 06 July 2023 • 1 min read