Differential Somatic Cell Count (DSCC) testing can make a huge difference for farmers working with udder health management in dairy herds. In this interview, Manager Kaivo Ilves from EPJ, explains how the introduction of the Differential Somatic Cell Count (DSCC) parameter has provided added value for Estonian farmers to improve their herd management.
As a testing company, EPJ focuses on the improvement of the efficiency of animal husbandry by performing animal recording and independent testing of the quality of raw milk. EPJ Laboratory offers independent testing of the quality of raw milk for dairy herd improvement (DHI) and milk payment purposes. Their DHI services cover approximately 400 farmers, making up around 96% of the entire dairy population in Estonia.
Roughly 70,000 raw milk samples are analyzed every month, recording fat, protein, urea content and somatic cell count. “Our routine milk recording covers the basic parameters: fat%, protein%, SCC, urea. Additionally, farmers can order the parameters BHB, DSCC, a mastitis PCR test (up to 16 mastitis pathogens) and a milk pregnancy test,” explains Kaivo Ilves.
The DSCC parameter was recently added to their DHI testing services in connection with an investment in a Fossomatic™ 7 DC. “It was good timing for us as we had to make an investment and it opened up the opportunity to start offering something new. We took it as a possibility to offer additional herd management information to farmers, based on milk samples that we have available anyhow, so they can benefit from this. It provided the possibility to add value to our services.”
Kaivo explains further, that it was interesting to see how the testing parameter works in practice and that it provided a great opportunity to show how the company is moving forward, both as a team and as an organization.
EPJ has two lines in total running the DSCC parameter, Kaivo explains.