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Mogens Agerbo Krogh

Latent class evaluation of a milk test, a urine test, and the fat-to-protein percentage ratio in milk to diagnose ketosis in dairy cows

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In this study, 3 commonly used tests to diagnose ketosis were evaluated with a latent class model to avoid the assumption of an available perfect test. The 3 tests were the KetoLac BHB (Sanwa Kagaku Kenkyusho Co. Ltd., Nagoya, Japan) test strip that tests milk for β-hydroxybutyrate, the KetoStix (Bayer Diagnostics Europe Ltd., Dublin, Ireland) test strip that tests urine for acetoacetate, and the fat-to-protein percentage ratio (FPR) in milk. A total of 8,902 cows were included in the analysis. The cows were considered to be a random sample from the population of Danish dairy cattle under intensive management, thus representing a natural spectrum of ketosis as a disease. All cows had a recorded FPR between 7 and 21 d postpartum. The KetoLac BHB recordings were available from 2,257 cows and 6,645 cows had a KetoStix recording. The recordings were analyzed with a modified Hui-Walter model, in a Bayesian framework. The specificity of the KetoLac BHB test and the KetoStix test were both high [0.99 (0.97–0.99)], whereas the specificity of FPR was somewhat lower [0.79 (0.77–0.81)]. The best sensitivity was for the KetoStix test [0.78 (0.55–0.98)], followed by the FPR [0.63 (0.58–0.71)] and KetoLac BHB test [0.58 (0.35–0.93)].
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Pages (from-to)2360–2367
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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