A high individual cow somatic cell count (SCC) can be like a
Analysis of lactation records from more than 164,000 Holstein cows found that high SCC puts producers at risk of losing 1,583 pounds of milk per cow across 210 days of lactation.1 That’s $285 in lost milk yield per cow (based on $18/cwt).1 You can’t afford to let high SCC rob that much profit.
The additional implications of high first-test SCC are real and expensive, including increased risk of clinical mastitis, relapse, treatment costs and culling — not to mention reduced reproductive performance.2-6
Apply these management practices to keep money in your pocket and your SCC “interest rate” in check:
Visit with your Zoetis representative or go to DairyWellness.com to learn more about the impact high SCC can have on dairy profitability and how to make sure a high SCC “interest rate” doesn’t undermine your progress.
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1 Kirkpatrick MA, Olson JD. Somatic Cell Counts at First Test: More than a Number, in Proceedings. NMC Annu Meet 2015;53-56.
2 Hertl JA, Schukken YH, Bar D, et al. The effect of recurrent episodes of clinical mastitis caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and other organisms on mortality and culling in Holstein dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 2011;94(10):4863-4877.
3 Chebel R. Mastitis effects on reproduction, in Proceedings. NMC Regional Meeting 2007;43-55.
4 Hertl JA, Gröhn YT, Leach JD, et al. Effects of clinical mastitis caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and other organisms on the probability of conception in New York State Holstein dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 2010;93(4):1551-1560.
5 Hertl JA, Schukken YH, Welcome FL, Tauer LW, Gröhn YT. Effects of pathogen-specific clinical mastitis on
6 Lavon Y, Ezra E, Leitner G, Wolfenson D. Association of conception rate with pattern and level of somatic cell count elevation relative to