DPC 18, Field Person's Guide to Troubleshooting High Somatic Cell Counts

Item #: DPC-018

Published: 2013

Pages: 22

This guideline briefly discusses the significance of the problem of high somatic cell count (abnormal milk) and gives instructions to dairy field person concerning an appropriate procedure to follow to assist dairy producers with high somatic cell count problems in the herds or flocks. This guideline is written so that it will be useful for cow, goat and sheep dairies. Also included in the appendix are the contact people for the mastitis control programs in DPC member states.

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Table of Contents:
PURPOSE
INTRODUCTION
     CATTLE SCC ISSUES
     GOAT SCC ISSUES
     SHEEP SCC ISSUES
REGULATORY ACTION
BULK MILK SCC
ON FARM BULK MILK SCREENING
     Paddle Test
     Luminescent Somatic Cell Test
INDIVIDUAL ANIMAL SCC
     ON-FARM INDIVIDUAL ANIMAL SCREENING
          Paddle Test
          Conductivity testers
          Luminescent Somatic Cell Test
HIGH CELL COUNTS AND THE PRODUCER
THE FIELDPERSON'S ROLE
     CHECKING MILKING EQUIPMENT
     SUGGESTED FIELDPERSON'S PROCEDURE
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
APPENDIX A – ABNORMAL MILK/MASTITIS CONTROL CONTACT PEOPLE
     ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA,
     KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MISSOURI, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE,
     NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK STATE, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, PUERTO RICO, RHODE ISLAND,
     TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN
APPENDIX B   -   MILK QUALITY TROUBLESHOOTING FORM
     EXPLANATION OF MILK QUALITY TROUBLESHOOTING FORM
APPENDIX C - PROPER SAMPLING TECHNIQUE FOR CULTURING
APPENDIX D - MILKING PROCEDURE USING PREDIPPING
     EXPLANATION OF MILKING PROCEDURE

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