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Somatic cell count hit a stumbling block

Thu, 02/26/2015

Up just 1,000 cells/mL, SCC reverted to 2012 levels this past year.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

After trending downward for nearly a decade, the somatic cell count average of herds enrolled in Dairy HerdInformation (DHI) testing rose this past year. Yet, it was a minor blip on the radar screen; SCC levels were up 1,000 cells/mL, reverting back to 2012’s 200,000 cells/mL. Prior to this, average DHI test day SCC had declined each year since 2005. Regardless of this about face, SCC has experienced a 62 percent reduction since it peaked in 2001 at 322,000 cells/mL. Read more

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