Producing milk with high component values and low somatic cell counts doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, a producer panel at a profit symposium sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin attributed their success to a few key areas:
Stable rations, so that cows have a consistent diet. This helps reduce stress and acidosis issues.
An emphasis on milk components in breeding programs.
Employee training programs that underscore the need for consistent milking procedures.
The result? SCC levels that hover around 100,000 and elevated milk protein levels that add to the bottom line.