week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed

February 7, 2012 in Weekly Series: Mastitis and Milk Management

week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed

How is milk quality determined? Several different methods are used to assess milk quality. Some methods such as thesomatic cell count (SCC) and standard plate count (SPC) are mandated by the federal Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, which is a document that specifies safety standards of Grade “A” milk. Other methods, while not mandated, are useful to monitor milk quality and to help diagnose potential on-farm problems/deficiencies associated with abnormally high counts and poor quality milk. The following is a brief description of the primary methods used to assess raw milk quality.

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