Somatic cell counts are important in considering the quality of incoming milk and the
suitability for making cultured products, such as yogurt and cheese. What’s new in this?
What is new? Real-time, rapid results (accurate, precise and recorded – automatically and
By embedding a microscope in the LactiCyte and taking a magnification approach to cell
counting (using a fluorescent microscope technique), we have taken existing technologies
to a whole new tier. By automating and magnifying the cell counting, capturing the cells
counted by a Charged Coupled Device Camera (CCD) and reporting numeric and graphic
results in less than one minute, you have unprecedented accuracy across a broad range
with digital records of both the count and a picture of the cells counted!
All this in less than one minute (at a cost well under $1/test).
These objective results have unparalleled correlation with the Direct Microscopic Somatic
Cell Count. This approach is so versatile, it can be easily incorporated into many phases of
the dairy supply chain.
Let’s take a moment to delve into the specifications of this ingenious system to pin-point
some succinct benefits you can realize:
-The Measuring Range is wide (0 to 10,000,000 SCC/mL): You can qualify milk for bonus
payments (i.e. with low SCC) while also assisting your suppliers with identifying issues in
milking groups or even individual animals.
— The correlation with the DMSCC is impressive, allowing you to be confident in your
results and take appropriate actions.
— Test time is less than one minute, meaning you can make decisions with respect to
process control almost immediately. You do not have to wait for a report on test results to
arrive after the milk is in the cheese vat (or has been packaged) – you know right up front
what you have. This gives you more options in your management decisions – what product
does THAT milk go into? How can we balance this SCC challenge? Once the cheese is
made, there is no going back…
— No special calibration is required for milk from various species. Just select the
“Measurement Parameter” from the drop down menu (i.e. cow milk, processed cow milk,
sheep milk, processed sheep milk, goat milk, processed goat milk), etc.
— There is no carry-over effect as each sample is tested in succinctly separate chambers on