Title: VARIATION IN THE SOMATIC CELL COUNT IN FRACTION COLLECTED MILK AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF INTRAMAMMARY INFECTION IN GOATS
Conteras, Antonio - UNIV OF MURCIA (SPAIN)
Miller, Robert - USDA-ARS
Submitted to: Spanish Society for Infectious Diseases of Goats
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 13, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Total milk somatic cell content of various fractions of milk collected during milking were estimated by Foss electronic cell counter, to determine which portion provided the best estimate of the number of somatic cells in primary milk and intramammary infection. The first 10 ml fraction did not differ ( P > 0.05) from primary milk, but stripping milk contained more (P < 0.05) somatic cells than primary milk. The correlation between the first 10 ml and stripping fractions with primary milk was 0.94 and 0.96, respectively. Both fractions reflected the infectious status of the mammary gland. The data indicated that the first 10 ml of milk could be used to predict the number of somatic cells in primary milk.