Dr. Laster lecturing to students at the University of Kentucky graduate program on the veterinarian’s role in milk quality.

The Dairy Diagnostic Lab Service at Todd County Animal Clinic was started as a microbiology lab in 2015. Our mission is to increase profitability, sustainability, and milk quality in southern dairy herds.

Our lab service started when we identified a need for quicker and more specific results in mastitis culturing. There was a need for veterinarians to be involved on farm consultations, equipment testing, training, milker analysis, teat dip analysis, teat scoring, and bilingual training. We employee all the modern equipment available to aid dairymen in the pursuit of better milk quality, and we build a team around them including their other consultants, to help them achieve their quality goals.

Late nights and early mornings are the norm for the people involved with our lab. Dr. John and Armando are teaching hispanic workers the tricks of the trade. Armando handles interpretation for us when working with dairies needing bilingual services.

vadia units allow us to assess milk letdown, mouth piece chamber vacuum, pulsation, and claw vacuum. It also allows us to look at dynamic milking performance and robotic milking performance.

Dr. Laster using the Triscan vacuum tester to look at pulsation graphs.