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Acidosis and ketosis monitor

Thanks to Ekomilk Horizon Unlimited+ and the online ketosis and acidosis monitoring module, for every individual milk sample, the likelihood of ketosis and acidosis is investigated. The AMP notification system can easily be configured in your user account to define thresholds for sending SMS, email, online app notifications (and messages for custom XML/JSON protocols) together with online AMP dashboards per cow, tank and herd.

For an introductory and abstract description of the Ekomilk – AMP system, click on the button:
Ekomilk-AMP system description


This ketosis (hyperketonemia) and acidosis monitoring module uses algorithms based on research by leading universities worldwide complemented by our own investigations.
This module is optimised for specificity, which according to studies and simulations is usually over 80% (field studies still on-going, Q4 2017 – Q1 2018). It is important to regularly (e.g. at least monthly, frequency to be determined) perform individual (per cow, buffalo, other) milk analysis using ICAR samplers, followed by a correct identification of each sample (cow, buffalo, other animal).
The accuracy for this individual ketosis monitoring will increase when more regular measurement data is available for the cow and for the herd. For better accuracy, measure regularly.

Workflow and cost:

This individual identification is greatly facilitated by AMP, thanks to its templating system which allows barcode reader integration and the USB keyboards which can be connected to Ekomilk Horizon.
Monthly cost of this additional AMP module: 8 euro EXW for up to 200 cows.
The cost per test remains the same at approx. €0.03 EXW.

Available from Q1 2018. For more information please contact us via the contact form.

Introduction video of Ekomilk Horizon, AMPI Sample Feeder and common online AMP modules:

Background information for ketosis (hyperketonemia) :
Ketosis is a process whereby the concentration of ketone bodies in the serum (blood) increases significantly. The 3 ketone bodies are BHB, acetoacetate (AcAc) and acetone (Ac).
Also in milk certain increases can be found although the correlation factor between serum and milk concentration is not always high (more info coming).
Ketotic cases indicate an imbalance of the metabolic processes, for instance postpartum (after calving, birth). There is a negative energy balance. Such imbalance can also be caused by insufficient carbohydrate intake. In a ketotic case, ketone bodies will provide energy to the animal (dairy cow or buffalo) instead of the usual glucose as an energy source.