Milk Quality

Farmers deal with milk quality criteria every day to control somatic cell count (SCC), bacteria levels, freezing point and inhibitors. These criteria are regulated and used by the industry to assess farm milk quality. Being proactive helps Canadian dairy farmers continue to produce milk that is among the best in the world!

What is SCC?

“Fundamentally, milk from a healthy mammary gland already contains a certain number of somatic cells. These cells act as watchdogs in case of an infection. When bacteria enter the mammary gland, SCC increases. To the cow, somatic cells are allies that will fight an infection. The farmer wants to avoid infections as they have an impact on production as well as on the health and well-being of the cow.” 

Source: Bovine Mastitis Network

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