DPC 72, Farmers Guide to Somatic Cell Counts in Goats

Item #: DPC-072

Published: 2013

Pages: 9

This guideline was developed to educate farmers, veterinarians and milk quality specialists on Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) in Goats. The Guideline presents both the physiological causes of elevated SCCs and the mastitis prevention in dairy goats. Included is a two page summary of good milking practices that can be copied and posted in the milking area.

DISCLAIMER: The DPC is not responsible for the use or application of the information provided in this Guideline. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the information addresses their needs and that any action taken complies with appropriate regulations and standards.

Table of Contents:
GUIDELINE PREPARATION AND REVIEW PROCESS
INTRODUCTION
REGULATION
STEPS TO PREVENT ELEVATED SOMATIC CELL COUNTS FROM MASTITIS
     PROPER MILKING PROCEDURES
     HAND MILKING
     CLEAN, DRY, WELL NOURISHED, COMFORTABLE
     MILKING SYSTEM
     TREATMENT PLAN
     EFFECTIVE BREEDING PROGRAM
     CULL CHRONIC OFFENDERS
SCC CRISIS MANAGEMENT
     STEPS TO RAPIDLY REDUCE YOUR BULK TANK SOMATIC CELL COUNT
          Identify
          Culture and treat, dry off or cull
SUMMARY
MILKING PROCEDURE USING PREDIPPING
EXPLANATION OF MILKING PROCEDURE

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DPC 72, Farmers Guide to Somatic Cell Counts in Goats

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