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…

How Standard Plate Count Affects Raw Milk Quality
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How Standard Plate Count Affects Raw Milk Quality

Standard Plate Count (SPC) directly impacts the quality of raw milk. The quality of the raw milk supply begins on the 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 the…

Dairy Farm Contamination Issues—How Sampling Comes to the Rescue
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Dairy Farm Contamination Issues—How Sampling Comes to the Rescue

Guest post: QualiTru is pleased to introduce our guest blogger, Randy Allwardt. He has been a Hygiene Specialist at Prengers Inc. for the past eight years, helping dairy farmers in the Midwest prevent and troubleshoot issues related to milk quality. Dairy farm contamination issues are serious. Accurately identifying a source of contamination is critical for…

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…

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…

Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) Impact on Dairy Farmers
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Somatic Cell Counts (SCC) Impact 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 great article, Somatic Cell Count Impacts Everything by Mike Lormore on DairyWellness.com about the wide-ranging…

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…

Aseptic and Representative Sampling for Dairy Farms — Importance of Being Proactive (Part 2)
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Aseptic and Representative Sampling for Dairy Farms — Importance of Being Proactive (Part 2)

Aseptic and representative sampling for dairy farms is a big topic. This post is the second part of an in-depth conversation I had with Denise Sutton, our DFA Farm Supplies partner’s Sales Manager. Denise’s extensive experience in the dairy farm industry ranges from being a herd manager and running a dairy farm, being a trusted…

Mastitis Management in Dairy Cows and Improving Herd Health Through Inline Sampling
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Mastitis Management in Dairy Cows and Improving Herd Health Through Inline Sampling

Mastitis management in dairy cows and improving herd health are two significant challenges among many others that dairy farmers face. That’s because mastitis is the costliest disease affecting dairy cattle. Consequently, prevention and control of mastitis are the keys to reducing this condition’s negative impact on dairy operations. Several international studies have addressed this issue…