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Somatic cell count (SCC) is the most frequently used indicator of udder health in dairy cows. This article looks at the scientific and practical aspects of determining the SCC in milk and how the counts can vary.
Presentation of the data is discussed and guidelines given for its interpretation on the quarter, cow and bulk milk levels. Also outlined is how SCC data at the cow level can be used as a management guide.
Keywords: Dairy, mastitis, milk, milk quality, SCC, somatic cell count, udder health