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Producers have a variety of informational tools available to monitor both the mastitis in their herds and the quality of milk being shipped to processors (Table 1). Somatic cell counts (SCC) are a measure of mastitis in a dairy herd. The SCC will increase in a quarter as a result of an infection. The increase represents white blood cells entering the quarter to fight the infection. The bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) reflects the total number of infected mammary quarters in the herd that are actually being milked into the tank.
Mastitis is complex; there is no simple solution to its control. Some aspects are well understood and documented in the scientific literature. Others are controversial, and opinions are often presented as facts. The information and interpretations presented here represent the best judgments currently accepted by the National Mastitis Council. To simplify understanding of the mastitis complex, it is useful to consider that three major factors are involved in this disease: the microorganisms as the causative agent, the cow as host, and the environment, which can influence both the cow and the microorganisms.