Milk pregnancy testing

Test for pregnancy just 28 days after mating with our milk pregnancy test.

Benefits of milk pregnancy testing

A convenient way to find out which cows are pregnant using milk samples from a herd test. 

Milk pregnancy testing is:

  • non-invasive — no need for rectal scanning
  • convenient — you can combine it with a routine herd test
  • accurate — the results compare very favourably with vet pregnancy diagnosis.

How milk pregnancy testing works

We use milk samples from a routine herd test to detect pregnancy-associated proteins called glycoproteins. These proteins are produced by the placenta and can be detected 28 days after conception.

Two options available

  1. Whole herd — test all your animals.
  2. Partial herd — test a selected group of animals (minimum 25). 

Results

You’ll get the results by email up to a week after you get the lab strip from your herd-test. They’re also automatically updated to MINDA.  

There are three possible results:

  1. Pregnant.
  2. No pregnancy detected.
  3. Re-check — when we can’t confirm whether a cow is pregnant or not.

Ask your vet to diagnose animals in the re-check category. 

False positives

False positive results are possible in animals that have recently aborted. This is because it takes at least two weeks for pregnancy protein levels to drop. 

When to test

Book a milk pregnancy test at least 28 days after your herd’s final mating. You must tell us your final mating date (including natural mating bulls) when you book the test.

Milk pregnancy testing prices

Milk pregnancy testing

Milk Pregnancy Testing is available for a limited number of dairy herds. Herd test milk samples are utilised to detect pregnancy-associated glycoproteins produced by the placenta. This test can detect pregnancy 28 days after mating has been validated, for use up to 130 days after the final mating of the herd.

Test

Sample type

Result turnaround time

Price*

Test Milk pregnancy testing for up to 1000 samples (all animals in herd test will be included)

Sample type Herd test sample

Result turnaround time 7 working days

Price* $3.75 (GST excl.)**

Test Milk pregnancy testing for more than 1000 samples (all animals in herd test will be included)

Sample type Herd test sample

Result turnaround time 7 working days

Price* $3.50 (GST excl.)**

*We also charge an administration fee of $49.95 (GST excl.) for partial herd pregnancy testing.

**Per sample, plus the cost of herd testing 

Book a milk pregnancy test

Get non-invasive, convenient pregnancy testing.

Email the Animal Health team

Or contact our Animal Health Advisors team on 0800 436 362 once you have a herd testing date. 

Book a milk pregnancy test

Get non-invasive, convenient pregnancy testing.

Email the Animal Health team

Or contact our Animal Health Advisors team on 0800 436 362 once you have a herd testing date.