What is it about the high SCC that bothers us most? Is it the number that comes back on the check when you’ve exceeded the favorable limits… or is there something more?
Could it be that, on average, you will experience a 2.5% decrease in production for every 100,000/ml increase above 200,000. This translates to a 7.5% decrease in production on a cow with a SCC of 500,000 cells/ml. On ten cows milking 65 lbs/day, that’s a loss of nearly 50 pounds daily! Now you are not only getting paid less for the quality of the milk but are losing money in decreased production.
Now wait, because there’s more, the numbers also matter in transitions and post-partum too, here’s how: The transition, post-partum or even heat stress lead to elevated cortisol levels and over time, elevated cortisol levels cause an adverse effect on the immune system. In fact, dairy cows often lose as much as 75% of their natural immune function during freshening. These lowered immune levels lead to issues like pneumonia and various other infections, including hoof issues and mastitis, further reducing your bottom line, right?
Try this: A reduction in SCC by an average of 30% is common when feeding Pro-Min Daily. In fact, it’s very common to average a cell count of 200,000 cells/ml or lower in a herd when feeding Pro-Min Daily to the entire herd - and the best results are reported when fed year-round.
To support natural immune function for fresh, off-feed or distressed cows, keep Vita-Guard on hand and give one serving 3-6 times per day as needed. Vita-Guard promotes a natural immune response, helping you fight the 75% immune function loss and reducing the lasting impact of illness.
To improve your numbers, and your bottom line, feed PRO-MIN daily and keep VITA-GUARD on hand for times where extra immune support is necessary.
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TLC Animal Nutrition, Inc
216 Sleepy Hollow Rd – Nottingham, PA 19362 - Phone (717) 548-4778