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Key tips to reducing SCC

Milk quality specialist Don Crowley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with advice on how to tackle high SCC on dairy farms arising from poor grazing conditions and prolonged housing in early lactation.

Don’s tips to reduce SCC and the number of cases of mastitis include;

- Milk record your herd early to identify high SCC cows, get help from your Teagasc advisor, milk quality advisor or vet to help interrupt the milk recording results if necessary

- Get cows out to grass where possible to reduce the bacterial challenge to cows and take the pressure off facilities and operator

- For clinical cases, identify the type of mastitis and treat appropriately, mitigate the spread of mastitis to other cows by using clean gloves, use of disinfectant lime on cubicles and dip clusters

For more information go to: Mastitis Control in Early Lactation

For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thedairyedge