Minimum 1 litre of water required.
The microbiological composition of drinking water can be an important consideration when investigating the suitability of the water for livestock use and also some metabolic disorders.
This microbiological analytic procedure uses samples of water, determining from these samples the type and concentration of bacteria. It is then possible to draw inferences about the suitability of the water for use from these concentrations.
Coliforms have historically been used as “indicator micro-organisms” to serve as a measure of faecal contamination, and thus the potential presence of enteric pathogens.
E Coli (Escherichia Coli) is a particular type of bacterium that is occasionally found in the digestive tract of cattle and in cattle manure. The strain of E. coli that farmers may be most familiar with (K99, K88), can cause scours in calves.
Some types of Salmonella cause serious disease in cattle such as Typhimurium, Dublin and Newport. These three types have the ability to not only cause diarrhoea, but also penetrate the intestines and go into the blood stream and cause disease in other organs of the body such as lungs, brain, joints, liver and spleen.
- Total Coliforms
- E Coli