New rapid on-farm somatic cell count test detects sub-clinical mastitis

PortaCheck, Inc. introduces the PortaSCC® Quick Test – the first rapid and affordable, semi-quantitative on-farm test that detects mastitis, including the low SCC levels associated with sub-clinical mastitis.

The PortaSCC Quick Test is based on a chemical reaction between a dye on the test strip
and an enzyme found on the cells in the milk. This reaction makes the test strip well
change to a blue color. The darker the blue color, the higher the cell count.

"We are excited to launch the new PortaSCC® Quick Test. As time is a crucial factor for dairy producers, this product detects sub-clinical mastitis in just 5 minutes, helping dairy producers catch mastitis even before clinical symptoms appear," says Ayoma Finlay, Vice President of PortaCheck. "Convenient in a milking routine, the PortaSCC® Quick Test is a simple and cost-effective screening tool that allows dairy producers to keep high SCC milk out of the bulk tank, monitor herd health, improve milk quality and increase production."

Easy to use, The PortaSCC® Quick Test is based on the same proven technology as the patented PortaSCC® milk test currently used worldwide. Just add fresh milk and activator solution to the test strip, and wait 5 minutes to compare the results to a color chart.

Producers can conveniently check:
• Problem cows or quarters
• Response to a treatment
• Cows at freshening or dry off
• A group of cows

The PortaSCC® Quick Test is now available in the U.S. through Nelson-Jameson, Inc, Marshfield, Wis., (1-800-826-8302), and many local dealers. For more information, visit PortaCheck at or call 1-866-500-7722.

PortaCheck aims to become a leader in on-farm testing with a full product line that assists producers in making management decisions and improving animal health. Always a champion of milk quality, PortaCheck also provides the PortaSCC® milk test for dairy goats, and the PortaBHB™ milk ketone test for detecting sub-clinical ketosis in dairy cattle. These reliable tools have been proven in U.S. herds and more than 60 countries worldwide.