Somatic cell counts in bovine milk



Title Somatic cell counts in bovine milk
Author(s) Ian R. Dohoo, A. H. Meek
Journal Canadian Veterinary Journal
Date 1982
Volume 23
Issue 4
Start page 119
End page 125
Abstract Factors which influence somatic cell counts in bovine milk are reviewed and guidelines for their interpretation are presented. It is suggested that the thresholds of 300 000 and 250 000 cells/ml be used to identify infected quarters and cows respectively. However, it is stressed that somatic cell counts are general indicators of udder health which are subject to the influence of many factors. Therefore the evaluation of several successive counts is preferable to the interpretation of an individual count. Relationships between somatic cell counts and both milk production and milk composition are discussed. Subclinical mastitis reduces milk quality and decreases yield although the relationship between production loss and somatic cell count requires clarification. Finally the availability of somatic cell counting programs in Canada is presented..

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