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PortaScience's UdderCheck mastitis detection dipstick and udder hygiene kits offer a low-cost and simple method for early mastitis detection in cows. UdderCheck is the first product that can detect pre-clinical mastitis in less than two minutes. In addition, it does not require refrigeration and costs about $0.36 per strip. With its Rwanda-based partner, Africa Breeder Service/Total Cattle Management, PortaScience completed farmer training and initiated sales of the udder hygiene kits and dipsticks.

Outcome: PortaScience demonstrated that an improved hygiene regimen for cows can reduce the incidence of mastitis by an average of 50 percent and lead to increased productivity and income for smallholder dairy farmers.

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