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Bulletin of the IDF N° 466/2013: Guidelines for the use and interpretation of bovine milk somatic cell counts (SCC) in the dairy industry

Somatic cell count (SCC) is the most frequently used indicator of udder health in dairy cows. This article looks at the scientific and practical aspects of determining the SCC in milk and how the counts can vary.

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published date 24 March 2013
reference Bulletin of the IDF No. 466/2013

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Presentation of the data is discussed and guidelines given for its interpretation on the quarter, cow and bulk milk levels. Also outlined is how SCC data at the cow level can be used as a management guide.

Keywords: Dairy, mastitis, milk, milk quality, SCC, somatic cell count, udder health

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