TOP QUALITY MILK
'As dairy farmers we have to make sure that the milk we supply meets the highest standards'
Production of maximum quantities of high quality milk is an important goal of our dairy operation. Poor quality milk affects all segments of the dairy industry, ultimately resulting in milk with decreased manufacturing properties and dairy products with reduced flavour quality and reduced shelf-life.
Over the years our milk processor has made significant changes to their milk quality requirements for incoming raw milk. These changes have occurred due to demands from retailers requiring milk with a higher quality to achieve a longer shelf life. Production of higher quality milk places a much greater emphasis on our management strategies to minimise contamination of milk including;
Cow and equipment cleanliness and sanitation procedures
Management strategies for the prevention and control of mastitis to reduce the number of somatic cells in milk
Effective milking-time hygiene
Proper milking machine function.
Pre and post milking teat disinfection
Antibiotic lactating and dry cow therapy
Culling of chronically infected cows
These are time-tested management strategies for controlling mastitis and are used extensively throughout the industry. Providing and maintaining a clean, dry, comfortable environment for heifers, lactating and dry cows helps reduce problems associated with environmental contamination of raw milk while also reducing mastitis caused by environmental mastitis pathogens.
A safe, wholesome, nutritious milk supply is our goal. Safety and quality of dairy products start at the farm and continue throughout the processing continuum. To meet increased raw milk quality standards, we must continue to adopt production practices that reduce mastitis and reduce bacterial contamination of our bulk tank milk. Use of effective management strategies to minimise contamination of raw milk and proven mastitis control strategies will help us achieve these important goals.
MILK QUALITY STANDARDS