This test will give a quick insight in the mineral balance of the cow. This test is available, but uses blood samples. For the development of the test, the company Nanoned supplied €50,000. Nanoned stimulates research and development in nanotechnology in the Netherlands.
Using the test, calcium or magnesium deficiency can be detected before visible symptoms are present in the animals.
According to Erik Staijen from Blue4Green, both dairy farmers and veterinarians are excited about the test. The advantage of an urine test, compared to a blood test, is that urine gives more information about the magnesium balance and the test can be used for more components as well.