The SAMM Plan focuss managerial attention on the control activities most important at that stage of the milking season.

The initial objective of the SAMM Plan to reduce the national bulk milk somatic cell count from around 400,000 cells per ml of milk to 150,000 has almost been achieved.

The six seasonal control periods are each described under:

  1. late lactation period,
  2. Drying-off period,
  3. Dry Period,
  4. Calving period,
  5. Colostrum Period,
  6. Lactation period.