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Table 2 Factors associated with teat preparation on 398 Irish dairy farms, and associations with bulk tank SCS (back transformed SCC*103/ml in parentheses) after controlling for region

From: Farm management factors associated with bulk tank somatic cell count in Irish dairy herds

Variable Level % SCS (SCC) SE P
Teat preparation spring Wash only 22 12.54 (279) 0.034 ns
  Wash and dry-paper towel 5 12.52 (273) 0.070  
  Wash and dry-common cloth 3 12.48 (263) 0.087  
  Dry wipe 24 12.50 (267) 0.032  
  None 46 12.54 (279) 0.023  
Summer Wash only 16 12.55 (283) 0.039 ns
  Wash and dry-paper towel 2 12.34 (228) 0.111  
  Wash and dry-common cloth 2 12.50 (268) 0.104  
  Dry wipe 26 12.50 (270) 0.031  
  None 54 12.53 (278) 0.021  
Winter Wash only 22 12.55 (282) 0.033 ns
  Wash and dry-paper towel 7 12.53 (275) 0.061  
  Wash and dry-common cloth 4 12.46 (257) 0.076  
  Dry wipe 22 12.50 (269) 0.034  
  None 45 12.53 (277) 0.023  
Disinfecting after milking Never 22 12.61 (298) 0.033 *
  Intermittently 9 12.55 (281) 0.052  
  Every milking 69 12.50 (267) 0.019  
Foremilking practiced At each milking 34 12.51 (270) 0.027 ns
  Once a day 3 12.57 (288) 0.089  
  If filter/sock has cruds 12 12.51 (272) 0.046  
  If SCC increases suddenly 8 12.52 (272) 0.055  
  Other 10 12.64 (308) 0.051  
  Never 33 12.52 (273) 0.027  
  1. ns (not significant), * P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.001
  2. Somatic cell count (SCC), somatic cell score (SCS)