Early lactation somatic cell count should be low

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dc.contributor.author Dunham, James R.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-20T19:38:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-20T19:38:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14740
dc.description.abstract Cows and heifers in milk for fewer than 50 days, as shown on the DHIA Somatic Cell Count report, should have a lower average Somatic Cell Count than cows in milk for more than 300 days, if the dry cow mastitis treatment and management programs are effective. The DHIA Somatic Cell Count (SCC) average for a dairy herd is a good evaluation of a mastitis control program. Since leucocytes migrate to the mammary system during periods of subclinical mastitis, the SCC average indicates the amount of subclinical mastitis in a herd. A realistic goal for a herd average SCC is less than 200,000. In many herds with average SCC over 400,000, the average SCC of early lactation cows is higher than that of late lactation cows. This indicates a problem during the dry period, either dry cows are not being cured of mastitis or they are becoming re-infected with mastitis during the dry period. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 88-114-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station); 527 en_US
dc.subject Dairy en_US
dc.subject Lactation en_US
dc.subject Somatic cell count en_US
dc.subject Dry cow en_US
dc.title Early lactation somatic cell count should be low en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1987 en_US
dc.citation.epage 73 en_US
dc.citation.spage 72 en_US
dc.description.conference Dairy Day, 1987, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 1987

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