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The effect of birth type on somatic cell and total bacteria counts in milk of dairy cows

Özlem Ertekin, Yeliz Yılmaz, Alirıza Şahin

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Int. J. Biosci.10(1), 242-245, January 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/10.1.242-245


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The aim of this study is to present some important knowledge about somatic cell and total bacteria counts of raw milk obtained from different birth types (twin or single) in dairy cows during first month of early lactation period. The dams of single and twin calves fed diets containing 60% forage and 40% concentrate. The effect of birth type on somatic cell and total bacteria levels independent two sampled t-test analysis method was used in this study. Somatic cell counts in raw milk of the cows giving birth to twin and single calves have statistical similarities. Similarly, there were no significant differences between total bacteria counts in milk of single and twin groups for early lactation period in this study. Further researches are needed for dairy species on somatic cell and total bacteria counts in their milk during early, middle and late lactation.


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