Using a Peristaltic Pump for Representative Sampling—FAQs
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Using a Peristaltic Pump for Representative Sampling—FAQs

A peristaltic pump is commonly used to collect a representative milk sample by farmers and veterinarians. There are several reasons to use QualiTru’s sampling system for collecting representative composite samples of milk. These include: In this post, I’ll go over some of our new customers’ frequently asked questions (FAQs) about using a peristaltic pump for…

Lab Pasteurized Count for Estimating Bacteria in Raw Milk
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Lab Pasteurized Count for Estimating Bacteria in Raw Milk

The Lab Pasteurized Count (LPC) estimates the number of bacteria in a raw milk sample that can survive the pasteurization process. Most bacteria are destroyed by pasteurization. However, certain types are not. (Source: Journal of Dairy Science 92(10):4978-87) Lab Pasteurized Count test determines bacteria that are not natural Raw milk can be contaminated by various…

String Sampling RE-Imagined for Milk Quality and Much More…
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String Sampling RE-Imagined for Milk Quality and Much More…

String sampling has traditionally been an affordable and reliable method for monitoring milk quality and udder health on commercial dairy farms. While that application is the most widely used, string sampling offers much more. Do you want to improve efficiency and better manage costs? Other farm applications can benefit significantly by adapting QualiTru’s string sampling…

Standard Plate Count of Milk: Effects on Quality
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Standard Plate Count of Milk: Effects on Quality

Standard Plate Count (SPC) directly impacts the quality of raw milk. The quality of the raw milk supply begins on the dairy farm and ends when the product is consumed by consumers. Maintaining the highest quality throughout this chain requires close monitoring and numerous regulations and quality standards for Grade “A” raw milk. SPC measures…

Using Preliminary Incubation Count for Measuring Raw Milk Quality
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Using Preliminary Incubation Count for Measuring Raw Milk Quality

The Preliminary Incubation (PI) Count for measuring the quality of raw milk has become increasingly popular since the production of quality milk is the number one goal of dairy farmers and cooperatives. The PI test is especially sensitive to psychrotrophic bacteria. These particular bacteria can grow at colder temperatures, which is why dairy processors are encouraging…

Using Bulk-Tank Somatic Cell Counts for Monitoring Milk Quality and Udder Health
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Using Bulk-Tank Somatic Cell Counts for Monitoring Milk Quality and Udder Health

Bulk-tank somatic cell counts (BTSCCs) are measured and monitored from Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs) to determine the quality of the milk supply in the U.S. BTSCCs are defined as the number of white blood cells, secretory cells, and squamous cells per milliliter of raw milk. Milk processors monitor BTSCCs in the nation’s milk shipments…

Impact of Somatic Cell Counts on Dairy Farmers
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Impact of Somatic Cell Counts on Dairy Farmers

Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) is not just a scientific term of academic interest, it has real-world implications for every dairy farmer. Simply put, lowering SCC leads to increased profits. That’s not just us saying so, we recently ran across this article, Somatic Cell Count Impacts Everything by Mike Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA, Director Cattle Technical…

Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)—Testing, Detecting, and Managing
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Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)—Testing, Detecting, and Managing

Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) can have a devastating impact on dairy herds. Management of the disease requires a comprehensive program of vaccinations and monitoring. Persistent infection (PI) carriers of the Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) can pose a real and ongoing threat to overall herd health. The Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center’s website indicates that…