The Regulatory Part of Milk: How Dairy One Can Help Your Farm!

The safe consumption and distribution of milk and dairy products is highly regulated to keep customers safe. All farms are required to submit milk bulk tank samples for testing to ensure that there are no antibiotics present in the milk. When a milk tanker has to be dumped, it costs farms and milk cooperatives money. That’s where services offered by Dairy One come in to help prevent this problem from happening for dairies.

Through numerous laboratories, Dairy One can check milk samples of herds and individual cows for any potential problems. Additionally, these laboratories can test dairy products to ensure they are safe for consumption as well. Read on to learn more about these services.

Test Raw Milk to be Sold to Consumers

The Check Mark Laboratory is a leading wet chemistry laboratory. It can test all types of mammal milk, milk replacers, cream, and whey.

Check Mark provides is weekly raw bovine milk calibration standards that other laboratories across the region use for testing. Raw milk testing is a big benefit for farms that are selling milk to people directly, a test done by Check Mark will cover what many states require for these sales. The final service covered by this lab is weekly somatic cell control samples that are manufactured and sold to other laboratories. Again, this service shows how Check Mark is a resource to other regional labs.

For farms, all these services are a way to screen their raw milk for sale. As many milk cooperatives direct the sale of raw milk to other dairy products, a test from Check Mark will help confirm that the raw product is safe to be turned into other food items.

Analyze Bulk Tank Samples and Finished Dairy Products

As mentioned in the introduction, Dairy One can test milk bulk tank samples, which is what the Bacteria and Regulatory Laboratory does for farms. Outside of regular screening for milk components and somatic cell count, dairies can also select to have additional testing for the presence of antibiotics or even added water. Not only are these tests conducted to deliver a safe product to consumers, but cooperatives also use these results for how much is paid to a farm.

It’s not just milk bulk tanks that this laboratory tests for, finished product testing is another service that farms, milk plants, and others use to ensure safe products. Finished products include heavy cream, ice cream, yogurt, powder products, and some butter and cheese. For milk plants that run extended testing in New York State, the Regulatory Lab can test samples pulled from these sessions. Other groups that benefit from these services include ice cream stands and farms that sell their own products to consumers.

This lab can also run testing for specialized needs such as coliform, preliminary incubation, lab pasteurization, and others. Each of these tests gives a bigger picture of what’s present in a milk sample. Plus, if farms need these details for the sale of the milk, it’s easy to pull results from one milk sample that is already been submitted to Dairy One. Farmers can either submit a sample themselves or receive a visit from a DHI Field Technician.

Milk and dairy products require a wide range of testing before being sold to consumers. The labs at Dairy One help farms, cooperatives, and milk plants test these products to make sure they are following regulations. For more information about these services, contact [email protected] or call 607-252-2048.