Separation and collection of urine and feces are essential to accurately evaluate nutrient balance in nutrition experiments. Penn State researchers developed a simple system to collect all urine excreted by female cattle and keep it separate from feces. This method of urine collection avoids the risk of infection from indwelling urinary catheters and requires no adhesives that could irritate or injure the animal's skin. In contrast to other methods, the system devised at Penn State can be placed at floor level with no underground collection facility or elevated animal platform required.
The urine collection cup is made of polypropylene plastic and held in place by an udder support harness (which can be ordered from Nasco) with rubber tubing connecting the collection cup to a carboy. For a full description of the modified urine collection device, see the Journal of Dairy Science paper: Technical note: A noninvasive urine collection device for female cattle: Modification of the urine cup collection method by Lascano et al., 2010.
The urine collection cup is available for purchase from Penn State for $125 per cup.
Shipping to U.S. addresses is included in this price; an additional $25 charge applies for international shipping.
Please include a check or money order, in U.S. currency, drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to The Pennsylvania State University for the total amount of your order with your request.
Send order request and payment to:
Dr. Jud Heinrichs
Department of Animal Science
324 Henning Building
University Park, PA 16802, USA
Questions about the modified urine cup collection method and ordering collection cups can be directed to Dr. Jud Heinrichs.