The X-Spurt paddle makes RMT testing a fast and efficient one-hand operation as the 300ml (10fl.oz) X-Spurt reagent reservoir is also the handle for the paddle. Milk is entered in the paddle chambers and the paddle tilted in the normal way to reduce the samples to the usual 3ml (0.1fl.oz). A quick squeeze of the X-Spurt handle then enters equal amounts of reagent at the same time to all four samples. Swirling the paddle mixes the samples for usual coagulation recognition. The bottle capacity is 300ml, enough to RMT test about 15 cows.
NB: Test will not function if mixed with very hard water. If in doubt, mix with rain water only.
With Draminski, the higher the conductivity reading, the healthier the milk. Readings above 300 generally can be taken to indicate a healthy uninfected quarter, and under 250 to be suspected subclinical mastitis. But remember- no conductivity meter gives absolute readings of healthy or unhealthy quarters, or of cell counts. Readings can only be used as inter-quarter comparisons. Four quarters with low but consistent readings, may be perfectly normal and healthy. Watch out for different quarters.
If the variation between quarters is greater than about 50, then care should be taken to either treat the quarter or to at least monitor it to identify any deterioration.
The Draminski tester is supplied in a convenient and practical plastic carry box, and has a comprehensive instruction booklet.
A small sample of quarter milk is squirted into the funnel top. Within two seconds the milk conductivity is analysed and indicated on the graphic scale. The milk drains through the Mas-D-Tec as the readings are taken. There is no need to tip the milk out. Simply continue to the next quarter and add more milk. The instrument detects the new sample and provides a new reading.
There is no need to wash the Mas-D-Tec between quarters and cows. Washing at the end of milking is all that is required. Mas-D-Tec is so fast to use that it is possible to test the whole herd during milking.
Mas-D-Tec should be used after herd tests to determine the quarter giving a cow’s sample a high cell count, or used strategically when bulk milk cell counts are rising. Badly infected quarters may give milk with perfectly good appearance, but have cell counts in the millions. Often the only way to find these infected quarters is by conductivity testing the whole herd.
Mas-D-Tec is supplied with a full instruction booklet, including service and parts information. It is powered by a standard 9 volt alkaline battery, good for approx 4000 tests. Made in USA
Note: Mas-D-Tec uses a scale marked Normal and Abnormal. These classifications are entirely arbitrary. Any milk conductivity can be judged only on its relationship to adjacent quarters.