Relationships Between Number of Somatic Cells and Linear Udder Characteristics in Saanen x Hair Crossbred Goats
In this study, relationships between the number of somatic cells and linear udder characteristics in Saanen x Hair goat F1 hybrids were reviewed. Research data were obtained from 47 heads of Saanen x Hair hybrid goat. Linear scoring was made for teat placement, udder depth, degree of separation and degree of suspension of the udder characteristics, and these values were identified as 6.68, 6.23, 5.30 and 6.28 respectively. In terms of linear udder characteristics, positive correlation (0.678) was found between udder depth and degree of suspension of the udder whereas negative correlation (-0.493) was found between udder depth and degree of separation (P<0.01). It was found that number of somatic cells in the milk of goat varied between 90.400 - 858.000 cell/ml and that a negative correlation was available (-0.368) between the number of somatic cells and degree of suspension of the udder (P<0.05).
Goat; Saanen Crossbred; Milk; Somatic cell count; Linear score