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 »

Solving a somatic cell count problem

Trying to solve a somatic cell count problem is often like trying to solve a crime. 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 »

DCHA tip of the week: Flies and bad habits

"Most of the heifer mastitis I see is related to two things," says contract heifer grower and veterinarian Don Gardner. 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 »

Wet conditions can spawn more mastitis

Spring opens new windows of opportunity for mastitis infections to take hold. Wet, muddy conditions, especially in areas hit by heavy rainfall or flooding caused by snow melting, make it more difficult to keep cows clean. FULL STORY »

Dairy Management: It’s spring cleaning time again

Now is the time to prepare for the long hot summer. FULL STORY »

Use antibiotics appropriately

Different parts of the scientific and medical communities have been at odds with each other for some time over the use of antibiotics in livestock production and linking that to antibiotic resistance in humans. Even though scientific evidence currently supports continued use of antibiotics in livestock, it is important for producers to make sure they are using these products responsibly and judiciously. FULL STORY »

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