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dc.contributor.authorKelly, P.T.*
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Kathleen*
dc.contributor.authorBerry, Donagh*
dc.contributor.authorMore, Simon J*
dc.contributor.authorMeaney, William J*
dc.contributor.authorO'Callaghan, Edmond J*
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Bernadette*
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-03T16:46:13Z
dc.date.available2012-12-03T16:46:13Z
dc.date.issued01/04/2009
dc.identifier.citationPT Kelly, K O'Sullivan, DP Berry, SJ More, WJ Meaney, EJ O'Callaghan and B O'Brien. Farm management factors associated with bulk tank somatic cell count in Irish dairy herds. Irish Veterinary Journal 2009, 62(Suppl 4):S45-51. DOI:10.1186/2046-0481-62-S4-S45en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/280
dc.descriptionpeer-reviewed
dc.description.abstractThe relationship between bulk tank somatic cell count (SCC) and farm management and infrastructure was examined using data from 398 randomly selected, yet representative, Irish dairy farms where the basal diet is grazed grass. Median bulk tank SCC for the farms was 282,887 cells/ml ranging from 82,209 to 773,028 cells/ml. Two questionnaires were administered through face-to-face contact with each farmer. Herd-level factors associated with bulk tank SCC were determined using linear models with annual somatic cell score (i.e., arithmetic mean of the natural logarithm of bulk tank SCC) included as the dependent variable. All herd level factors were analysed individually in separate regression models, which included an adjustment for geographical location of the farm; a multiple regression model was subsequently developed. Management practices associated with low SCC included the use of dry cow therapy, participation in a milk recording scheme and the use of teat disinfection post-milking. There was an association between low SCC and an increased level of hygiene and frequency of cleaning of the holding yard, passageways and cubicles. Herd management factors associated with bulk tank SCC in Irish grazing herds are generally in agreement with most previous studies from confinement systems of milk production.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherBiomed Central
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIrish Veterinary Journal
dc.subjectbulk tank
dc.subjectdairy cattle
dc.subjectinfrastructure
dc.subjectmanagement
dc.subjectsomatic cell count
dc.titleFarm management factors associated with bulk tank somatic cell count in Irish dairy herdsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.identifier.rmisMKDC-0204-5399
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2046-0481-62-S4-S45
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