If you’ve been working to improve the somatic cell count within your herd, but just can’t seem to reach your goal, perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place for the cause.

Once you’ve determined that stall maintenance is good and milk prep procedures are being followed, don’t stop investigating, says Charlene McLauchlan, technical services veterinarian for Monsanto Dairy Business. Instead you need to look into other areas of the dairy.

For example, look at the cows. Do they have a lot of manure splattered on their legs? Determine where it is on the dairy that they are getting so dirty. Is it for example, from the employees rushing them on their way to the parlor? Cows rushed toward the parlor often get more manure on their udders. The same occurs when cows must walk through dirty alleys.