CAE Virus testing

Get your goats tested for the Caprine Arthritis and Encephalitis (CAE) virus using your herd test samples.

LIC Animal Health offers a hassle-free option for CAE diagnosis, which utilises a herd test sample to detect antibodies against the CAE virus.

Recent trials have proven that testing at least twice per season improves identification of CAE-positive animals in the herd. 

The milk CAE test is:

  • uncomplicated
  • convenient
  • non-invasive
  • reported by email

About the Milk CAE test

The Milk CAE test is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) validated by LIC against serum ELISA testing.

Antibody development is typically delayed following infection with CAE virus and can occur throughout the season. Trial results indicate that testing twice per season aids identification of CAE-positive animals within the herd. Optimum milk CAE testing includes a Herd Test pre-mating (Aug-Dec) and the final Herd Test before dry off (Mar-May).

Results

Turnaround time for results is 7 working days from when samples are received in the Animal Health lab. Results are emailed directly to farmers and contain three possible categories.

  1. No antibody detected
  2. Positive
  3. Suspect

We recommend that any animal returning a suspect result should be confirmed by a follow up CAE test. 

Test Limitations

The amount of antibodies specific to the CAE virus can fluctuate in some animals. A small proportion of animals can return a negative CAE test result when the virus is present, but relatively inactive. A schedule of testing for animals returning a negative result should be part of your animal health plan. 

All customers are subject to eligibility criteria and lab capacity. 

CAE virus test prices

CAE test per sample

$9

Book a Caprine Arthritis and Encephalitis (CAE) Virus Test

Email the Animal Health team

Or, call our Animal Health Advisors on 0800 436 362.

Book a Caprine Arthritis and Encephalitis (CAE) Virus Test

Email the Animal Health team

Or, call our Animal Health Advisors on 0800 436 362.