Blood BHBA is the gold standard for detecting subclinical ketosis in dairy cattle. A blood BHBA concentration of 1.2 – 1.4 mmol/L is an important threshold for detection of subclinical ketosis and for predicting health risk in early lactation cows.
NovaVet provides accuracy comparable to reference laboratory testing for BHBA. Quantitative BHBA results eliminate subjective interpretation of semi-quantitative colour charts used in milk or urine ketone testing.
Subclinical ketosis is defined as abnormal concentrations of circulating ketones (primarily beta-hydroxybutyrate) in the absence of clinical signs of ketosis. Early detection of ketosis in its subclinical stage enables introduction of feeding strategies to prevent clinical ketosis, cow malaise and economic loss to the dairy producer.
The transition of dairy cows through calving and commencement of lactation is a critical time and is a strong determinant of the health and performance of the cow through the full lactation period. All transition cows are at risk of clinical ketosis, characterised by partial anorexia, poor appetite and signs of nervous dysfunction including abnormal licking, poor coordination and abnormal gait and bellowing. Clinical ketosis causes economic loss to the dairy farmer due to:
NovaVet provides simple, accurate and economical detection of ketosis in a herd. Herd management is improved when compared to relying on the dairy producer’s subjective perception of clinical signs of ketosis, or less sensitive and specific milk urine ketone tests. Herd management benefits of NovaVet BHBA testing include:
NovaVet BHBA testing can be targeted for potential problem or high-risk cows. Individual testing of at risk cows can identify ketosis early in the disease process so that more severe clinical disease can be avoided with clinical intervention.
|Product Code||Product Description|
|WD1620||NovaVet Ketone Starter Kit*|
|WD1621||NovaVet Ketone Xpress Meter - English (mmol/L)|
|WD1621A||NovaVet Ketone Xpress Meter - English (mg/dL)|
|WD1622||NovaVet Ketone Test Strips (1 x 25)|
|WD1624||NovaVet Ketone QC Level 1 (4ml)|
|WD1607||Nova Xpress Meter - Replacement Battery|
|WD1608||Nova Xpress Meter - Soft Pouch Carry Case|
|WD1609||Nova Xpress Work Station/Hard Pouch Carry Case|
*All Starter Kits include an Xpress Meter, Soft Case, 25 Strips and a QC
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