Bulk tank somatic cell count: Lowering the limit?
For decades, the legal limit for the bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) in the U.S. has been 750,000 cells/mL. Above which, producers cannot ship their milk for sale. FULL STORY »
Is mastitis on your “dashboard”?
Do you know how much mastitis chips away at your profitability? To get help in determining this figure, check out this "dashboard" developed by Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky extension dairy specialist. Use it to calculate and illustrate — to yourself and to your staff — the economic impact of mastitis due to lost milk production. FULL STORY »
Readers critical of SCC decision
On Friday, Dairy Herd Network asked how you felt about the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments decision last week not to lower that national standard for somatic cell counts (SCC) to 400,000 cells per ml. Apparently that decision didn’t sit well with many of you. By a nearly three-to-one margin, poll respondents to this non-scientific poll said that they did not support the choice to leave national standards where they are. FULL STORY »
Proposed changes to SCC regulations defeated
The proposal to lower the U.S. somatic cell count regulatory level was rejected by a one-vote margin Wednesday at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Conference delegates voted 26 to 25 prior to the conclusion of the biennial meeting in Baltimore, Md., not to lower the U.S. Grade A standard to 400,000 cells per ml starting in 2014. Therefore, the current SCC regulatory limit of 750,000 cells per ml remains in effect. FULL STORY »
Tips to help ensure residue avoidance
Milk quality is of the utmost importance on a dairy. When mastitis management programs include treatment protocols, it is important for dairy producers to focus on strategies to avoid residues in milk and meat. FULL STORY »
Hospital barn procedures
The hospital herd can be milked in a separate parlor on some dairies or in the main parlor on other dairies. The choice is yours. Being in the hospital herd is stressful enough: new roommates, new place to eat and drink and guess what, and usually a new way to be milked. FULL STORY »
Milk quality continues to improve
Each year, test-day data from all herds enrolled in Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) somatic cell count (SCC) testing in the United States are examined to assess milk quality on a national basis. Results highlighted in a new USDA report show an uptick in milk quality due to the downward trend for SCC. FULL STORY »
Help prioritize mastitis research
Scientists want to know where they should focus their mastitis research efforts. Offer your input by taking this survey from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Input is requested from farmers, nutritionists, veterinarians and researchers. FULL STORY »