Relationships between milk characteristics and somatic cell score in milk from primiparous browsing goats
Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2010 Japanese Society of Animal Science
Animal Science Journal
Volume 81, Issue 5, pages 594–599, October 2010
How to Cite
VACCA, G. M., DETTORI, M. L., CARCANGIU, V., ROCCHIGIANI, A. M. and PAZZOLA, M. (2010), Relationships between milk characteristics and somatic cell score in milk from primiparous browsing goats. Animal Science Journal, 81: 594–599. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-0929.2010.00774.x
- Issue online: 23 JUL 2010
- Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2010
- Received 21 May 2009; accepted for publication 9 December 2009.
- pastoral system;
- primiparous goat;
- somatic cell count;
- total microbic count
To determine milk yield and composition, total microbic count (TMC) and somatic cell count (SCC) of browsing goats throughout the first lactation, 100 goats of Sarda breed, equally distributed in four flocks (F1, F2, F3 and F4), were selected. They were exclusively fed pasture and hand-milked once daily. Individual milk samples and daily milk yield were taken from each goat at monthly intervals, from March to July. Milk samples were analyzed for: total protein, fat, lactose, urea, freezing point (FP), pH, TMC and SCC. The data was subjected to analysis of variance and to correlation matrix. On the whole, in all the flocks, milk yield showed the highest production in April and May. Fat content increased (P < 0.01) throughout the lactation. Protein content showed the lowest value (P < 0.01) in June (4.15%). Urea and pH values were fluctuating. FP was lower (P < 0.01) at the start of lactation (−0.562 Hortvet degrees). TMC log10 values were low, considering the hand milking and inadequacy of facilities on the farms. SCC increased (P < 0.01) throughout the lactation and, on the whole, SCC and TMC were not correlated.