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October 31, 2018

SCC Average in Upper Midwest Drops Below 200,000

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

For the first time, the average annual weighted somatic cell count in the Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order has dropped below 200,000 cell/mL.


In 2005, the average SCC was 285,000; in 2017, 198,000. That represent a 30% decline in cell count over that 13-

year period.


What’s even more amazing is that the seasonal high levels since 2012 have been lower than the seasonal low in 2005, notes Corey Freije, an agricultural economist with the Upper Midwest Order.


The highest month for cell counts in 2017 was June at 217,000. The lowest month came in December, at 173,000. In 2005, the highest count was 326,000 and the lowest was 259,000. 


The chart below illustrates the decline in SCCs since 2010.


Upper Midwest SCC Levels 2010-2017For more on this topic, read:

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