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Helping dairy farmers maintain and exceed production goals through early mastitis detection

Act early, stop mastitis

Madison, WI Oct. 1 - 6

Booth: TC 463

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dairy farm disease surveillance

One-Third of All Dairy Cows Get Mastitis

Mastitis is costly and disruptive as feed efficiency and production are negatively impacted when infected cows are treated with antibiotics and their milk is wasted.

The herd’s physical environment is the main source of mastitis outbreaks. With no established practice for assessing environmental risks, dairies are uncertain about herd health.

This guesswork costs dairies, on average, $150/cow in lost profit annually.

Agri-Max Solutions’ Herd Health Surveillance technology:

  • Eliminates guessing
  • Pinpoints microorganisms at the environmental source
  • Enables proactive disease mitigation and management

Find Pathogens Early. Improve Dairy Profitability.

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How We Do It

Minimal sampling needed to represent the entire herd

Our tests use extracted DNA or RNA material to identify and quantify the presence of viral and bacterial microorganisms. We use aggregate samples from animal waste in dairy barns, milk parlors and calf-rearing areas.

Our focus is on detecting mastitis-causing pathogens, one of the top diseases affecting cow health that reduces milk output and impacts feed efficiency.

The Herd Health Surveillance system detects mastitis-causing microorganism concentrations in waste, acting as an early warning system that enables farms to mitigate potential outbreaks.

By developing a pathogen baseline over six weeks at the parlor/holding area, sampling once a week, and using a continuous sampling device that measures the entire herd population, Agri-Max Solutions provides an early warning of herd health, delivering insights to your phone so you can act before an outbreak occurs.

Prior to my partnership with Agri-Max Solutions, I relied on symptoms and somatic cell counts to gauge the health of my dairy herd. Now, I receive concise reports once a week that characterize the threats to my herd’s health and recommendations for managing those threats.

Wes BangmaMile High Dairy, Longmont, CO
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minimal sampling needed to represent the entire herd

From Testing to Results in Four Simple Steps

1

Install Collection Devices

Sample devices are installed in waste collection systems in a barn or milking parlor.
2

Collect Samples

Farm staff collect samples in provided test kits.
3

Analyze Samples

You send collected samples to Agri-Max Solutions’ logistics partner, and we do the rest. Results, on average, are available in 24 hours.
4

Get Results

You get access to a dashboard with test results, trends and actionable insights — such as, it is time to change bedding, disinfect water troughs or begin diagnostic testing for sick cows.

We Partner With Veterinarians

Agri-Max Solutions provides dairy cow veterinarians with data to inform their treatment of the entire herd. With your permission, we share your herd’s health data with your veterinarian allowing for more efficient on-farm visits and informed consultations.

Meet Agri-Max Solutions’ lead veterinarian consultant.

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farmers and veterinarians

Choose From Two Surveillance Packages

Agri-Max Solutions’ gold and silver Herd Health Surveillance packages provide results for 16 mastitis-causing microorganisms, with a six-week baseline and one sample per week, at a frequency rate of your choosing (e.g., biweekly):

silver package

Silver

Can reduce mastitis cases by 25%–50%

26 Samples

gold package

Gold

Can reduce mastitis cases by 50%–70%

52 Samples

Gold and silver package add-ons include sampling for bovine viral diarrhea, salmonella (all pathogenic salmonella/path salmonella_invA), clostridium and mycobacterium avium.

Improve herd health using a science-based, proactive approach

About Us

Agri-Max Solutions is an animal health-focused division of Shield T3 LLC. Our expertise in analyzing dairy farm waste was born out of Shield T3’s human-health expertise in tracking emerging diseases in wastewater systems.

Meet Some of Our Team Members

dr robert thompson
DVM

Robert Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a distinguished veterinarian with nearly 30 years of experience. His medical expertise is complemented by several management and operational roles.

Dr. Bob Thompson is a distinguished veterinarian with nearly 30 years of experience. His medical expertise is complemented by several management and operational roles. He joined Shield T3's Agri-Max Solutions business in June 2023, where he consults with the business on swine, beef and dairy herd management and animal health surveillance.

Dr. Thompson spent his younger years in northwest Iowa. Following graduation from Iowa State with a DVM, he practiced in Nebraska for several years. In 1989, Bob left practice and started an integrated food animal management master’s degree program at the University of Illinois. More recently, he worked in the swine production industry and in herd management consulting.

Dr. Thompson’s industry awards include the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Technical Service Allied Industry award (2016) and the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota (2017).

Kartikeya Kekre Agri-Max Solutions R&D Scientist
Research and Development Scientist

Kartikeya M. Kekre

Kartik has more than seven years of wastewater research experience, working for the nation's Department of Agriculture, Geological Survey and Department of the Interior.

Kartik has more than seven years of wastewater research experience, working for the nation's Department of Agriculture, Geological Survey and Department of the Interior. His expertise includes lab-based validations, testing and data analysis, and devising plans and solutions for wastewater epidemiology and testing methodology. Kartik's research experience has been focused on wastewater quality monitoring and treatment, wastewater-based microbial dynamics, water purification, and wastewater-based treatment data analytics.

Kartik has a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from SRM University, and an MS in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Temple University.

Chris Taylor, Agri-Max Solutions
Director of Technical Sales

Chris Taylor

Chris has more than 10 years of experience in engineering, sales and product management. He oversees application engineering and the Mastitis pathogen sampling process.

Chris Taylor has more than 10 years of experience in engineering, sales and product management. As Director of Technical Sales at Agri-Max Solutions, Chris establishes direct connections with our customers, including dairy farmers and herd managers. He oversees application engineering and the Mastitis pathogen sampling process, delivering insightful and actionable information to our customers and partners. Additionally, Chris is integral in driving product development growth.

Before joining Agri-Max Solutions, Chris held various positions contributing to his expertise. Most recently, he was a global product manager at Xylem and a biological process engineer at Evoqua Water Technologies.

Chris earned his bachelor's degree in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University.

Animal health diagnostics and monitoring services for dairy producers

The Agri-Max Solutions Difference

We are the exclusive supplier of herd-level surveillance of mastitis

You don't have to wait for symptoms to appear in one animal or react to a disease outbreak already affecting the herd.

We provide you with actionable intelligence

With accurate data and an awareness of pre-symptom onset, your decision-making is better informed and timelier.

You can trust our data — and our process

We have deep experience in infectious disease surveillance. Our team of scientists and technicians has processed more than five million tests at our labs which are subject to strict federal regulations.

Agri-Max Solutions is the future of dairy herd health management

Contact us today to see how we can help

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