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Table 9 Factors associated with bulk tank somatic cell score on 398 Irish dairy farms during summer and winter, based on a multiple regression model

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

Variable Level SCS (SCC) SE P
Cubicle bedding of cows Sawdust and other 12.51 (270) 0.062 ***
  Shredded paper 12.47 (260) 0.082  
  Straw 12.57 (288) 0.086  
  Lime 12.71 (330) 0.057  
  Mats 12.62 (303) 0.054  
  Mats and lime 12.55 (282) 0.048  
  None 12.71 (331) 0.060  
The pipeline system Direct pipeline 12.65 (313) 0.044 ***
  Recorder plant 12.53 (276) 0.049  
Heated water in the pit Yes 12.54 (280) 0.047 **
  No 12.64 (308) 0.045  
Use of dry cow therapy Never 12.72 (335) 0.082 **
  All cows 12.46 (258) 0.025  
Cleanliness of the parlour Clean 12.56 (284) 0.048 *
  Slightly dirty 12.64 (310) 0.048  
  Dirty 12.57 (288) 0.061  
  1. ns (not significant), * P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.001
  2. Somatic cell count (SCC), somatic cell score (SCS)