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National SCC average falls to 178,000

Taylor Leach for Dairy Herd Management

August 9, 2021

In 2020, U.S. dairy herds’ somatic cell count (SCC) averaged 178,000 cells/mL, according to the National Mastitis Council.


Lifetime Net Merit revised in August for balanced selection, profitable dairy cows

João Dürr, Ph.D. and Kristen Parker Gaddis and Paul VanRaden and Tom Lawlor and Rob Tempelman

July 2, 2021

Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) has driven genetic progress since 1994 by promoting a balanced selection of all available, economically-important traits to maximize profitability of dairy cows.


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