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A Somatic Cell Count Sensor for the Dairy Industry

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Department of Agriculture
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
En'Urga Inc.
1201 Cumberland Ave. West Lafayette, IN 47906-1385
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Somatic Cell Count Sensor for the Dairy Industry
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2002-33610-11852
Award Amount: $80,000.00


This Phase I SBIR project will evaluate the feasibility of utilizing mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy for continuously monitoring the somatic cell count in milk. The somatic cell count in milk is widely used as a predictor of the health of a cow. If the somatic cell counts could be monitored on a daily basis, the onset of mastitis can be identified and the effective treatment for the sick cows started immediately. The two innovative features of the proposed technique are (1) a high frequency lead selenide array to obtain the mid-infrared absorption coefficients of milk at multiple wavelengths, and (2) a deconvolution algorithm to quantify the somatic cell count in milk in the presence of interference from other constituents. During the Phase I project, mid-infrared absorption signature will be obtained for a period of two weeks from calibrated milk obtained from many cows. These will be used to develop and evaluate a chemometrics algorithm that can quantify the somatic cell count. A multi-wavelength sensor will be designed and evaluated during the Phase II project. At the conclusion of the Phase I and Phase II project, a reliable somatic cell sensor will be developed for immediate commercialization.

Principal Investigator:

Yudaya Sivathanu

Business Contact:

Vinoo Narayanan
Engineering Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

En`Urga, Inc.
1291-A Cumberland Avenue West Lafayette, IN 47906

EIN/Tax ID: 351925571
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No