Advanced Animal Diagnostics Unveils QScout Farm Lab and QScout MLD Test for Early Mastitis Detection

October 11, 2013 12:00 PM

QScout User Innovation Council will give early adopters priority access.

Source: Advanced Animal Diagnostics

DURHAM, N.C. — Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD), announces the commercial introduction of QScout™ Farm Lab, a new breed of on-farm rapid diagnostic technology that accurately exposes infection in dairy cows long before symptoms occur.

An R&D company focused on providing livestock producers with diagnostics that improve profitability and empower more precise care of animals, AAD is currently introducing its first QScout Farm Lab-ready test, the QScout™ MLD (milk leukocyte differential), to prospective dairy producers. It is the only rapid, on-farm test that measures and assesses the cow’s immune response to infection, providing a positive or negative diagnosis for subclinical mastitis in each quarter – in three minutes per cow, on average.

AAD’s early adopter program, the QScout User Innovation Council (QUIC), will give initial QScout participants priority access to QScout diagnostics, training and support. Key benefits:

• Help shape the next generation of mastitis early-detection technology through feedback, while gaining a competitive edge in milk quality and business process improvement
• Receive hands-on support from a dedicated QScout expert who provides assistance, from installation and training to record analysis and protocol refinement
• Gain a better understanding of subclinical mastitis and access to the data that informs real-time management decisions, including early trial results of new technology and the opportunity to partner in trials
• Enjoy priority access to future QScout tests and offers
• Receive better measures of how management changes impact results
• Receive recognition as a strategic QUIC customer

Early detection of subclinical mastitis pays

According to AAD President and CEO Joy Parr Drach, subclinical mastitis unnecessarily goes undetected while silently robbing dairy producer of profits through lost milk production, unrealized milk quality premiums and reduced animal health.

"Mastitis costs the U.S. dairy industry an estimated $2 billion annually, which is about $200 per cow, so the disease is an enormous issue that shrinks the dairy’s bottom line," she says. "Much of that loss is due to subclinical mastitis. With our first commercial test, we are addressing subclinical mastitis head on, providing producers with the data they need, when they need it, to improve animal health and welfare, and increase profitability."

By exposing hidden mastitis early with QScout MLD, and following appropriate treatment protocols, Parr Drach says producers can boost profits by as much as $50 per cow per year. "We’re eager to partner with those who strive to take quality milk production to the next level," she adds.

For more information on enrolling in QUIC and to learn more about QScout brand diagnostics, call 1-855 Q2COUNT or visit

Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD), Durham, N.C., provides livestock producers with diagnostics products that improve profitability and empower more precise care of animals so they live healthier, more productive lives. AAD is committed to researching, developing and commercializing the industry’s most reliable, on-farm diagnostic tests, such as QScout™ MLD for early detection of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows. With its diagnostic offerings, the company aims to empower real-time management decisions that increase productivity, prevent losses, improve animal welfare and protect the food supply. For more information, visit

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