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Helping Dairy Producers Reduce the SCC

Clell V. Bagley DVM, Utah State University


Practicing veterinarians are in an excellent position to help dairy producers recognize and deal with the problem of elevated somatic cell counts (SCC). Yet they are seldom asked to assist. A high SCC is an indication of chronic, subclinical mastitis in the herd and is also an indication of significant economic losses. These herds will have difficulty competing in the market, especially in times of reduced milk prices. Consider offering to help them recognize there is a problem and then to help them deal with it.