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Minimising Bactoscans

Minimising Bactoscans Farming Note

Keeping on top of milk bactoscan levels is an all year round task, although levels are higher in the housed period. Dairy farmers should aim to have bactoscan levels below 30,000/ml to avoid milk payment penalties. Maintaining a low bactoscan count requires a good milking routine, effective parlour washing and efficient milk cooling.

This Farming Note covers:

  • Bactoscan seasonal trends
  • Types and sources of bacteria
  • The link between SCC and bactoscan
  • Failed bactoscans and parlour cleaning
  • Protocols to reduce bactoscan levels

Issued May 2011.

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