Teat canal diameter and other cow factors with possible influence on somatic cell counts in cow milk.

A. Jørstad, T. B. Farver, H. Riemann

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A case-control study on matched pairs of cows in 2 counties of Norway indicated a strong positive association between teat canal diameter (TCD) and somatic cell count (SCC) in milk. The study indicated further a highly significant association between leakage of milk and high SCC and a significant association between teat injury and high SCC. Finally, an association between the shape of the teat end and SCC that was nearly significant (p = .067) when considered in isolation, was shown to exist through it's dependency on TCD. A flat or inverted teat end is associated with a large TCD while a pointed or round teat end tends to have a smaller TCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalActa Veterinaria Scandinavica
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989


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