4. Use of information to manage.
These producers were all members of DHIA and they talked about how they use the “hot sheet” to see which cows are high in SCC. At what level do they highlight cows for a closer exam? The numbers varied among the producers from any cow over 250,000 to cows greater than 400,000. One producer put it in terms of percentage of the bulk tank SCC and would check any cow with greater than 3 percent of the bulk tank SCC. These cows might be checked with the California Mastitis Test (CMT), have their temperature taken, maybe marked for early dry-off and were certainly monitored. Several relied heavily on milk culturing before treatment and used several different supportive treatments.
They agreed on these things and they also agreed that any producer can achieve these same levels. In fact, they put out a challenge for all producers to improve cow health and milk quality. They take pride in the product they market stand behind it 100 percent!
Source: Michigan State University