The samples are sent to our laboratories in Christchurch or Hamilton and tested for:
- somatic cell count.
We use the data to create a number of reports which we send to your MINDA account.
Book a herd test
To book a herd test contact your LIC rep or contact your local Herd Test Depot.
Set up the shed and take the milk samples
Our staff will set up the meters in your shed before every herd test. We use meters that have been specially calibrated for goats.
If it’s your first herd test they’ll do a shed inspection beforehand and talk you through the process of taking the milk samples. We provide written information as well.
You can also book a Herd Test Assist Technician to help you with the test — contact your LIC rep or contact your local Herd Test Depot.
Storing the samples
Store the samples in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and other heat sources such as chiller units or compressors, ready to be collected.
Collecting the samples
Our staff will collect your milk samples and send them to our laboratories for testing. They’ll also collect the meters — though you need to dismantle and wash the meters yourself.
Getting the results
You’ll get a preliminary report called a Lab Strip in your Member Services account a day or so after the test. The Lab Strip includes all the raw data from the test.
You should receive a full report with a comprehensive analysis of your herd’s performance within four days of the test. A full herd test report includes a 24-hour individual somatic cell count which identifies animals with both sub-clinical and clinical mastitis.