Somatic Cell Count, Importance and Effect Factors in Dairy Cattle

İbrahim Aytekin, Saim Boztepe


The somatic cell count (SCC) is commonly used as a measure of udder health and milk quality. Thus, to determine the milk quality standards in many countries, it legally determined as an indicator of somatic cell count raw milk and determines the level of payments to milk producers. The present study investigated that the somatic cell count is an indicator of udder health status, diagnosis of subclinical mastitis, health and quality of milk and milk products, its importance and effect factors on it.


Cattle; Milk; Somatic cell count; Subclinical mastitis; Milk quality; Economic losses; Herd health

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ISSN: 2148-127X

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