SCC management: Get back to the basics

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The dairy industry is striving to improve product quality to comply with global quality standards, consumer demand, and export requirements. A five-point mastitis management plan developed many years ago can help you comply.

In the latest Georgia Dairyfax newsletter, mastitis and milk quality expert Steve Nickerson writes:

“Over 40 years ago, the 5-point plan was established to manage mastitis in lactating and dry cows, and remains the core of all mastitis control programs today. This plan includes:

1. Teat dipping

2. Proper milking machine function

3. Treatment of clinical cases

4. Dry cow therapy, and

5. Culling chronic cows

Since that time, additional methods of control have been added such as vaccination, feed supplementation, predipping, use of teat seals, and even control programs for bred heifers. Thus, dairy producers have several tools at their disposal that have been around for many years to incorporate into a mastitis control program.”


Source: January/February/March 2012 Georgia Dairyfax

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