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Larger Farms, Better Milk Quality

July 29, 2011
 
 

Small farm advocates continually claim that commercial dairy farms can’t produce as high a quality of milk than small farms.

 
The facts, however, don’t bear that out. In a University of Wisconsin Food Science Department study of more than 14,500 Wisconsin dairy farms, the larger the farm, the higher the milk quality based on standard plate counts (SPC) and somatic cell counts (SCC).
 
The small farms, those with less than 119 cows, had an average SPC of 58,700 cells/ml and an average SCC of 369,000 cells/ml. The maximum SCC on small farms was 625,000.
 
Large farms, those with 119 to 713 cows, had an average SPC of 36,300 and an average SCC of 273,000. The maximum SCC on large farms was 394,000.
 
Dairies classified as confined animal feeding operations, those with 714 or more cows, had an average SPC of 35,000 and an average SCC of 240,000. The maximum SCC on CAFOs was 313,000.
 
More detail on the Wisconsin milk quality study can be found here.
 

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Calvin D. Paulson - Harrisonburg, VA
Dear Do -it alls,
5 out of my 6 farm raised children, are farmers. The rule of thumb is 40-50 cows per man, unless you inherited dads legacy. I started farming for myself in 92 & seen 4 children through college. Does your farm die with you?
9:21 AM Jul 30th
 
cow land - SHERBURNE, NY
ditto jerseyman, i have 40 cows do it ll and really enjoy it. rather manage cows than people. scc under 250 for over 21 years, most of them under 100. plc usually under 5.
5:29 AM Jul 30th
 
Jerseyman
Then they should lower the scc limit. I have a 30 cow herd and average under 150,000. I enjoy doing it all thats why I dairy farm if I was going to be just a manager I would work in a factory.
9:19 PM Jul 29th
 
Calvin D. Paulson - Harrisonburg, VA
This observation, is music to my ears- rather eyes! The day has past where "one man can do it all"! The debt ridden cow needs a consistent, relaxed routine. The labor structure on these large farms will be the only way to keep the kids home on the farm. I was "a jack-of all trades", iv tube around my neck, ob chains inside a prelubed sleeve(inside-out of course)! Cellphone ringing while telling some dude "yes the tire is flat, you need to fix it and leave my milkers alone". Designating became teaching, and teaching idiots is a waste of time! Mothers with initiative are great help, as are what" if" type guys. Pride of your abilities should be saved for porch time with momma! Maybe a hot/cold beverage too!
3:36 PM Jul 29th
 
Calvin D. Paulson - Harrisonburg, VA
This observation, is music to my ears- rather eyes! The day has past where "one man can do it all"! The debt ridden cow needs a consistent, relaxed routine. The labor structure on these large farms will be the only way to keep the kids home on the farm. I was "a jack-of all trades", iv tube around my neck, ob chains inside a prelubed sleeve(inside-out of course)! Cellphone ringing while telling some dude "yes the tire is flat, you need to fix it and leave my milkers alone". Designating became teaching, and teaching idiots is a waste of time! Mothers with initiative are great help, as are what" if" type guys. Pride of your abilities should be saved for porch time with momma! Maybe a hot/cold beverage too!
3:36 PM Jul 29th
 



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