Research paper Somatic cell count as a decision tool for selective dry cow therapy in ItalClick here for resource
Significant Impact Group(s): AMU reduction strategies ; Pathogen management
Species targeted: Dairy;
Outcome Parameter(s): Udder health status
Summary: It is crucial to define a consistent and approved procedure to identify cows that need to be treated in a selective dry cow therapy approach. Somatic cell counts (SCC) from milk test records are a convenient, accurate and certified method. SCC values obtained before drying off or calculated as the average of lactation records can be used. The thresholds of 100,000 cells for primiparous cows and of 200,000 cells for pluriparous cows are suggested as an efficient and sustainable decision tool.
44 Research paper – Zecconi – 2018 – Somatic cell count as a decision tool for selective dry cow therapy in Italy
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