Emergence client, SomaDetect, “develops breakthrough technology to monitor health of dairy cows”

September 27, 2017

Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Emergence client, SomaDetect, “has made a technological breakthrough that will help farmers more closely monitor the health and reproductive status of their cows,” according to Huddle, the online site that “tells the stories of the creative, innovative and interesting entrepreneurs working in New Brunswick and throughout the Maritimes“.

cows-1549746_1920-e1503682386947According to Huddle, SomaDetect CEO Bethany Deshpande says their development is a major innovation in the global dairy industry, and involves new advanced technology that detects the presence of progesterone, protein, fat trace antibiotics and somatic cell counts in raw milk without the need for reagents or consumables.

“This means farmers using the technology will be able to monitor the reproductive status and health of their herd, and ensure the high quality of their milk supply for consumers”.

“This goes far beyond what we believed was possible with this technology,” says Deshpande. “We began testing these experimentally and were shocked by how rapidly we were able to have very strong results.”

Our development provides reassurance to farmers that when issues arise, they will know about it. The development reduces the penalty to dairy farmers and acts as part of their on-farm quality assurance program.”

Detecting the presence of progesterone in milk will allow SomaDetect to provide dairy farmers with accurate information on when a cow is in heat and the optimum time to inseminate. According to the company, approximately two-thirds of heats are undetected on dairy farms.

Being able to catch issues like these can be a major benefit to dairy farmers. The company says it guarantees farmers wouldn’t have to pay the stiff penalties if the bad milk was brought to the processing plant.” It’s also an affordable solution”, said Canadian farmer. J.W. Dykstra.

“SomaDetect has created something for dairy farmers that I can easily use without having to spend money on big, expensive equipment or pay to have each of my cows tested every month,” he says.

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