Kuh mit Kälbern und Ziege mit Zicklein

This test for the first time enables reliable pregnancy diagnosis in cattle and goats from their milk.

The milk test in the laboratory

  • For the first time pregnancy can be determined in cattle and goats by using a milk sample
  • Detection of Pregnancy Associated Glycoproteins (PAGs) gives a reliable indication of the existence of a pregnancy
  • Accuracy and certainty of detection result comparable with ultrasound and rectal palpation
  • Simple testing procedure by the farmer, no risk to the embryo through testing
  • Timely capture of non-pregnant livestock in order to shorten intercalving and interlambing periods
  • Wise addition to veterinary livestock care 

Timing of the test

From the 28th day following insemination or mating
At least 60 days interval since the last calving or lambing

The milk sample

  • AGES provides the sampling sets
  • Milk sample tubes contain preservatives to prevent the milk souring
  • Discard foremilk (first 3-4 sprays)
  • Fill 1 milk sample tube per animal to ¾ full and shake to mix
  • Label sample tubes consecutively, 1, 2, 3 etc.
  • Fully complete the accompanying sample form
Probenset Milchträchtigkeitstest bestehend aus Antrag und Proberöhrchen

Sampling sets comprising of bubble envelope, documents to accompany samples and milk sample tubes.


  • By post, courier or parcel service
  • Personal submission during normal opening hours
  • No refrigeration required during posting


  • Pregnant
  • Not pregnant
  • Uncertain (recheck)

In case of an uncertain laboratory result it is not possible to safely determine or to exclude a pregnancy: a new sample should therefore be submitted for renewed testing (recheck).


Information about the price per mail (preisauskunft_VETno@Spam@agesno.Spam.at) or per telephone (0043 (0) 50555 45111). Mailing and transport costs are to be borne by the sender.

Investigating Body

AGES - Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH
AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd.

Institut für Veterinärmedizinische Untersuchungen Linz
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control - Linz

Wieningerstraße 8, 4020 Linz, Austria

Tel. +43 50 555-45111
Fax  +43 50 555-45109
Email: vetmed.linzno@Spam@agesno.Spam.at

Opening hours
Mon.-Thurs. 07:30-15:30
Fri. 07:30-15:00

Sampling sets can be requested by telephone or by mail.

Information about the investigating Body
Additional information on submission of samples