National Service for Udder
Health & Milk Quality
Founded by the Israel Dairy Board, Israel
Cattle Breeders Association, and the Dairy Industry, ”The National Service for
Udder Health and Milk Quality” is a non-profit organization, whose objective is
to improve the udder health and milk quality of all milk producers (cows, sheep
& goats) in Israel.
Today the “National Service” is the operative branch of the Israel Dairy Board,
providing services to all milk producers with milk quotas, by virtue of a levy
on each liter of marketed milk.
The organization consists of a mastitis control laboratory, veterinarians
and milking management advisers who are responsible
for all farms in Israel that wish to employ their services. The laboratory also serves as a bacteriological reference laboratory for the central
milk components laboratory.
The proximity of the two laboratories enables samples sent by dairy farmers to the mastitis control laboratory for analysis, to be forwarded in the same transportation
with the samples to the milk components laboratory, that are sent daily by the processing
plants from all over the country.
There is no
further payment from the producers.
The staff of the “National Service” works in close co-operation with the
Mastitis Reference Center at the Kimron Veterinary Institute.
Payments for the services provided by the National service for
Udder Health and Milk Quality derive from the Israeli Dairy
The following services are provided to all dairy herds:
Laboratory diagnosis and services
v Periodic sampling and analysis of all dairy cow
v Analysis of samples from clinical mastitic cows
sent by dairy farmers.
v Analysis of samples sent by farmers from
pre-partum cows, for sub-clinical mastitis.
v Analysis of samples sent by farmers from sheep
v Antibiograms providing information for the
v Evaluation of teat dip, water, towel, etc. samples for total and differential bacteria counts.
v Bulk tank analysis for total Bacteria counts.
v Analysis of bedding samples.
v Pregnancy milk test for individual cows/sheep
28 days after insemination/mating.
rRT-PCR Bulk tank analysis for contagious mastitis pathogens & BVD antigen.
The lab is certificated
with the Quality Management Standard ISO 17025 since 2007.
v Tracing and planning the eradication of
contagious mastitis. E.g. Strep. Agalactiae , Micoplasma and Staph.
v Advice and support during the eradication phase
v Advice to producers with high Somatic Cell
Counts and/or high "bactoscan" counts.
v Planning, implementation, and follow up on
programs to combat mastitis in individual cows, and on a herd basis.
Analysis of milking parlors and milking equipment
v Advice on milking parlor construction.
v Advice to dairy farmers on milking machine
v Supervision of companies supplying milking equipment,
teat dips and detergents.
v Static and dynamic testing of milk parlors.
v Milk parlor trouble shooting.
v Advice on laboratory facilities and laboratory
v Organization of workshops for producers and
v Publication of technical news-letters and
v Promotion of research projects.
v Field studies.
v Advice, co-ordination, and follow up of all