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SCC in milk: Have an overview on how your farm is performing!

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Hope you have been able to recharge your batteries over the Christmas holidays so that you can continue learning about SCC counts in milk and how these helps you to prevent mastitis in dairy cows! In previous posts, we stressed the importance of understanding what somatic cells in milk are and how to interpret them at an individual level. It is now time for us to talk about what we can do at herd level.

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SCC on individual cows: A great tool to manage mastitis in your herds

By | Contagious Mastitis, Subclinical Mastitis | No Comments

In previous posts, we talked about the benefits of using Somatic Cell Count tests in milk (SCCs) instead of using other tests such as the California Mastitis ones (CMTs). But exactly what kind of information do these tests provide us about the infection dynamics? And how exactly can this help you to monitor mastitis in dairy cows? Here are all the answers!

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SCC is not a static snapshot: How do your farms behave?

By | Contagious Mastitis, Subclinical Mastitis | No Comments

Most dairy vets need to deal with their clients’ milk tests going on for months. Processing such an enormous amount of data can be confusing. In this post you’ll find some basic guidelines to help you evaluate the infection dynamics on your clients’ farms and assess and monitor the risk of mastitis in cattle based on the Somatic Cell Count.

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California Mastitis Tests vs SCC: Benefits and limitations of each method

By | Prevention, Subclinical Mastitis | No Comments

Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and California Mastitis Tests (CMT) are two of the most widely used tools for controlling mastitis in cattle, as they help you to identify the infection status of a cow at an individual level. In this post we’ll carry out an in-depth analysis of these two methods, identifying the benefits and limitations of each method so you can decide which one suits you best!

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Controlling Mastitis in cattle with less antibiotics: Is it possible?

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Can we prevent, control and treat mastitis in cattle with less antibiotics? The answer is YES, as the Netherlands experience proves so! Check out this interview with Dr. Tine van Werven (Associate Professor of the Utrecht University and also a field practitioner) who explains us the progress she followed to adapt her farms to the new antibiotic-reduction legislation in dairy production that applies in her country and the tools she used to prevent mastitis in cattle.

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Somatic Cell Count & Clinical Mastitis in dairy cows

By | Clinical Mastitis, Milking Parlour, Prevention | No Comments

In many countries, performing individual checks of SCC (Somatic Cell Count) on each animal is mandatory, at least once a month. This checks are very useful, as they provide farmers and veterinarians working in milk quality with highly valuable information. How can you perform these tests and obtain this useful information for your client? It it is easy, we’ll give you all the details here!

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Milking routines & Mastitis in dairy cows: Every step counts!

By | Contagious Mastitis, Milking Parlour, Milking Routine, Prevention | No Comments

Do you know why proper drying of the teats is so important before the milking unit is attached? So that the milking unit does not slip off the teats! Following with previous posts about milking routines, now we’ll focus on reviewing the unit attachment and alignment. Discover here how to achieve a perfect drying of the teats and a proper attachment of the units, reducing the risk of contagious mastitis in your dairy cows.

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