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Try our BHBCheck Plus system to detect beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) in bovine blood, the gold standard for ketosis detection!

Not only did the University of Wisconsin-Madison validate our meter, they use it for all of their herd work.

Bovine ketone blood test

Our BHBCheck Plus Products

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BHBCheck Plus Meter
BHBCheck Plus Meter

The award-winning BHBCheck Plus meter offers the fastest read time for BHB in bovine blood. This amazing little meter can read BHB and glucose in blood. 5 seconds for BHB results, 7 seconds for glucose. Scroll below to download our FREE software!

BHBCheck Plus blood ketone strips (25 count)
BHBCheck Plus blood ketone strips (25 count)

This vial contains 25 BHB blood ketone test strips. The box also comes with a calibration strip to let the meter know which test strip lot is being used.

BHBCheck Plus USB data transfer cable
BHBCheck Plus USB data transfer cable

This USB cable is sold separately. Use it to download your meter data to our FREE software! The software is a great tool that allows you to track herd health data for blood BHB and glucose readings. Scroll down on our page for software data.

BHBCheck Plus Meter
BHBCheck Plus Meter

The award-winning BHBCheck Plus meter offers the fastest read time for BHB in bovine blood. This amazing little meter can read BHB and glucose in blood. 5 seconds for BHB results, 7 seconds for glucose. Scroll below to download our FREE software!

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qUESTION: WHat is ketosis?

Short answer: A sneaky metabolic disease that often affects dairy cows.

Dairy cows often encounter ketosis during the early postpartum period. In this time, milk production increases dramatically. A cow's energy intake may be insufficient and it can be difficult to keep up with the energy requirement. When this happens cows have to metabolize body fat to meet their high energy needs, resulting in a production of ketones; this condition is known as subclinical ketosis. If left unchecked, the condition can worsen and turn clinical (Duffield, 2001).

Clinical ketosis is when you would most often see cows with a lack of appetite, depression, droopy ears, and sweet or fruity scented breath. 

qUESTION: WHY SHOULD I TEST FOR subclinical KETOSIS?

Short answer: It's more prevalent than you may realize!

Subclinical ketosis can be hiding right under your nose...don't wait until you can "smell the ketosis!"

During the first 3 weeks of lactation, incidence of subclinical ketosis in most herds is estimated to be 40 - 60% (Oetzel, 2013)! Yes, you read that correctly. The issue with subclinical ketosis is in its definition - subclinical means before clinical symptoms appear.

Monitoring your herd for subclinical ketosis can allow for early intervention and peace of mind. Detecting subclinical ketosis allows producers to treat the issue before it turns clinical, helping to reduce the costs associated with clinical disease treatment.

did you know?

Studies show that subclinical ketosis is associated with decreased milk production, impaired fertility, and increased of incidence of displaced abomasum and metritis!

Okay, so What kind of tests should I use?

Ketones can be monitored in blood, milk, or urine. Several ketones are circulating in a cow's body when she is in ketosis. The gold standard for subclinical ketosis detection is beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) in blood. BHB is the most prevalent ketone body in circulation. Another ketone that is not as prominent is Acetoacetate.

The best on-farm test for detecting subclinical ketosis would be a blood BHB test like BHBCheck Plus.

Another option would be a milk dipstick test for BHB, such as PortaBHB.

Lesser used options are milk powders or urine dipsticks. These measure Acetoacetate and are not good indicators for subclinical ketosis.

Our FREE BHBCheck Plus Software

This is the latest version of this software. Data from older versions should be exported to a .csv or .xlsx file before deleting the older version. This must be done before installing the new version of the software.

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Meet our consultant, Dave.

Click below to watch Dave use our BHBCheck Plus meter on the farm to detect BHB and glucose in a cow's fresh blood sample.