The cheapest mastitis test you will ever find

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by keren, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Found this in one of my old old old goat books.

    "To test milk for bacteria, take 1/2 glass of warm water, add a few drops of detergent or a little soap powder, mix, then take 1/2 glass of fresh milk, mix together and if the mixture becomes thick and slimy there is infection. The same reaction will occur if there is still colostrum in the milk".

    I've never tried it personally, so I dont know how good it is.
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  2. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Several years ago I had a doe that I thought had mastitis. My FIL was here visiting, he was a BIG dairy cow farmer and I showed him some of the milk. He did that exact same test and told me no she did not have mastitis. I thought he was on drugs, when he mixed that stuff together. I did not think he really knew what he was doing so I took her to the vet and he said she did NOT have it either.

    WOW I should of listened to my FIL, I could of saved some money. :hammer:
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  3. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    wow great to hear that it actually works, Lori!

    I think this recipe is great for people who might have meat or fibre animals, not dairy animals, and so dont have the mastitis test stuff lying around, and who might need to test the odd animal here and there.

    I am going to try it out on maddie's precocious udder, she has been a little off lately and I think its just the heat but I want to make sure all that 'milk' sitting there isnt causing an infection
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    wow that is really interesting.... :)
  5. Laurel_Haven

    Laurel_Haven New Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    I too found this to be interesting. I saved this "recipe" and would like to try it in the future. Although I do hope I never need to. But thanks for sharing this bit of info. :thumbup:
  6. prairiewolf

    prairiewolf New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    southeast Kansas
    Thanks for the helpful tip! :thumb:
  7. jhanger

    jhanger New Member

    Feb 22, 2013
    This as everyone has pointed out DOES work.... what I want to point out is the scientific aspect of it....
    I looked up the product for a california mastitis test kit... I don't have one because I just got started with goats and dairy et al.
    Well lo and behold the primary active ingredient in california mastitis test kits is:
    Ingredients: 1. ) Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate 2. ) Ph Indicating Dye.
    Well i gotta be honest, I had to look up what Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate is - I guess right in that it's an alkaline sulfure but what I found also surprised me:
    Linear alkylbenzene is a family of organic compounds with the formula C6H5CnH2n+1. Typically, n lies between 10 and 16, although generally supplied as a tighter cut, such as C12-C15, C12-C13 and C10-C13, for detergent use. - Wikipedia

    Interesting... It's a detergent, of the same purpose and formulation as you can find for dish detergent, then the kits just use a ph dye to flag if there is bacteria present or not...

    So essentially.. it's the exact same thing as adding dish detergent (note the close relation to soap as soap is made from lye a highly alkyline concentration) ....

    Amazing no need for science or fancy kits can do it all the old fashioned way .... so hope y'all enjoyed the science lesson - save money use detergent, haha
  8. milkmaid

    milkmaid I'm not addicted - I'm in love!

    Thanks, jhanger! That is very interesting...and by the way, that's the method I use too. ;) Pat Coleby mentions it in her book, so of course I had to try it! :D
  9. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    Just wanted to add this little tidbit. In order for this test to work you need to make sure your soap/soap powder is NOT of the antibacterial type. Go to the dollar store and find a cheap bottle of non antibacterial hand/dish/laundry detergent. That bottle will last a very long time.
  10. NyGoatMom

    NyGoatMom Shady Acre Homestead Supporting Member

    This should be a sticky!
  11. RebelRunFarm

    RebelRunFarm New Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Robards, Ky
    Ok, I'm a little ashamed to admit this but I was goatspot lurking while soaking in the bath tub and I jump out to run and try this lol! My husband now has proof I'm insane :)
  12. terri9630

    terri9630 New Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    New Mexico
    Does it matter what type of soap/detergent? Powder, liquid, dish, dishwasher, hand, laundry? I've got a doe whos milk is tasting bitter and want to check her.
  13. Little-Bits-N-Pieces

    Little-Bits-N-Pieces Active Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    Liquid dish soap, like Dawn, Palmolive, etc.
  14. OwnedByTheGoats

    OwnedByTheGoats Well, my username says it all... :)

    Mar 6, 2013
    I did this with my Alpine doe. It "said" no, but I didn't test afterwards so I can't promise you anything. It really did seem to work though. I dripped 3 drops of DAWN dish detergent in a dish, milked 3 squirts in in and waited. Didn't turn slimy so figured I was good to go.
  15. Little-Bits-N-Pieces

    Little-Bits-N-Pieces Active Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    Well looking at this thread completely, my way is quicker.

    Strip a few squirts out of one teat, discard, now into a clean cup squirt 2-3 squirts of milk into the cup, add 3 drops of dish soap, mix well, if it turns thick infection is present, if it stays at milk consistency the milk is fine.
  16. terri9630

    terri9630 New Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    New Mexico
    Thank you. Goats are so funny but no one around here has dairy animals. Just boares so they have no clue.
  17. Kaneel

    Kaneel New Member

    Oct 7, 2012
    Soon...NW Oregon
    Wow nice! Will keep this info handy in case I need it :) May I ask what old old old goat book you used? It sounds very useful!
  18. So I have 4 milk goats right now, one that has a side that's not producing as much as the other, decided to try this test on them all, ( the one with the few squirts of milk and 3 drop dish soap, guess what, 3 goats are fine, the one with the udder I was concerned about showed she had it.
  19. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    I used just drops of Dawn in the milk, I don't mix it with water. I put maybe an ounce of fresh milk in a bowl and add a few drops of Dawn.
  20. bushes1172

    bushes1172 Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    Has anyone been able to verify for sure this works?? I have a goat that the milk looks white but after is sits for a while it looks like heavy cream. It’s not stringy, lumpy or anything. Her teats look great and not hot. But I tried the milk and it’s just funny tasting to me. I am a resent goat owner. I did do the California test and it looked positive, but someone said it could be a false positive result for that test is for cows.. if this soap deal works that would be great. If not I will call the vet to do a culture.. She just seems to be perfect.. Thanks so much