AUSTRALIA - A number of Australia’s dairy farmers have again been rewarded for producing top quality milk in the 2016 Dairy Australia Countdown Milk Quality Awards.
The awards recognise farms across Australia in the lowest five per cent based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC).
Dairy Australia Programme Development Manager for Animal Health & Fertility, Erika Oakes, said milk quality across Australia was continually improving each year, but it is important farmers remain vigilant.
A higher milk cell count generally occurs with mastitis, which in turn impacts milk quality and what products the milk can be used to make.
The data collected for this year's awards showed the best ever milk quality results, with over 270 farmers across Australia rewarded.
“This year we have recorded some very low average bulk milk cell counts across Australia,” Ms Oakes said.
“Controlling mastitis and maintaining milk quality is a constant issue farmers need to remain on top of - they can’t afford to become complacent about it,” she said.
“Reducing mastitis on-farm improves cow comfort and welfare, saves time at milking and considerable money in terms of lost milk production and animal treatments.”
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