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Effects of somatic cell levels on milk components I-fat and protein

To evaluate the effects of somatic cell count (SCC) on the concentrations of milk fat and protein, eletronic analysis of 6112 samples were carried out at the Laboratory of Lactation Phisiology from the Department of Zoology, ESALQ - Univesity of São Paulo. All the SCC data were transformed to a linear score. Increases in the SCC score were associated with increases in fat and protein concentrations. This relationship was highly significant (p<0.0001), but only 6.97% of the fat concentration and 12.3 % of the protein concentration could be accounted for variation of the SCC.

Somatic cell count; Fat; Protein

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