Somatic cell counts are important in considering the quality of incoming milk and the

suitability for making cultured products, such as yogurt and cheese. What’s new in this?

What is new? Real-time, rapid results (accurate, precise and recorded – automatically and


By embedding a microscope in the LactiCyte and taking a magnification approach to cell

counting (using a fluorescent microscope technique), we have taken existing technologies

to a whole new tier. By automating and magnifying the cell counting, capturing the cells

counted by a Charged Coupled Device Camera (CCD) and reporting numeric and graphic

results in less than one minute, you have unprecedented accuracy across a broad range

with digital records of both the count and a picture of the cells counted!

All this in less than one minute (at a cost well under $1/test).

These objective results have unparalleled correlation with the Direct Microscopic Somatic

Cell Count. This approach is so versatile, it can be easily incorporated into many phases of

the dairy supply chain.

Let’s take a moment to delve into the specifications of this ingenious system to pin-point

some succinct benefits you can realize:

-The Measuring Range is wide (0 to 10,000,000 SCC/mL): You can qualify milk for bonus

payments (i.e. with low SCC) while also assisting your suppliers with identifying issues in

milking groups or even individual animals.

— The correlation with the DMSCC is impressive, allowing you to be confident in your

results and take appropriate actions.

— Test time is less than one minute, meaning you can make decisions with respect to

process control almost immediately. You do not have to wait for a report on test results to

arrive after the milk is in the cheese vat (or has been packaged) – you know right up front

what you have. This gives you more options in your management decisions – what product

does THAT milk go into? How can we balance this SCC challenge? Once the cheese is

made, there is no going back…

— No special calibration is required for milk from various species. Just select the

“Measurement Parameter” from the drop down menu (i.e. cow milk, processed cow milk,

sheep milk, processed sheep milk, goat milk, processed goat milk), etc.

— There is no carry-over effect as each sample is tested in succinctly separate chambers on

the LactiChip.

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