AN EXAMINATION OF MILK QUALITY EFFECTS ON MILK YIELD AND DAIRY PRODUCTION ECONOMICS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES

Derek T. Nolan
Mastitis is one of the most costly diseases to dairy producers around the world with milk yield loss being the biggest contributor to economic losses. The objective of first study of this thesis was to determine the impacts of high somatic cell counts on milk yield loss. To accomplish this, over one million cow data records were collected from Southeastern US dairy herds. The objective of the second study was to determine optimum treatment cost...
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