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Detecting pathogens in milk on dairy farms: key issues for developing countries

Code: 9781838791438
Delia Grace, Silvia Alonso, Johanna Lindahl, Sara Ahlberg and Ram Pratim Deka, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

Chapter synopsis: Testing for pathogens in cow’s milk on dairy farms has assumed importance these days. Pathogen testing is done to ensure milk quality and milk safety and on-farm pathogen testing is being explored. This chapter discusses this crucial issue, first by identifying the rationale for on-farm pathogen testing. Next, the most important pathogen detection tests are described. Two case studies from Tanzania and India are presented; one deals with controlling disease in cattle and the other looks into how on-farm pathogen detection will improve milk quality and enable market access to smallholders. Finally, this chapter discusses future trends in on-farm pathogen testing.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0005.19
Table of contents1 Introduction 2 Why test for pathogens on dairy farms? 3 Indirect and direct tests for detecting pathogens 4 Case study 1: controlling disease in dairy cattle and zoonotic risks in Tanzania 5 Case study 2: improving milk quality in India 6 Conclusions and future trends 7 Where to look for further information 8 References

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