Emphasis is increasingly placed on milk quality. One of the primary indicators of milk quality used around the world is somatic cell count (SCC). Elevated SCC is correlated with mastitis, a costly economic disease for dairy farmers. Wayne County Extension is hosting a milk quality workshop on Friday, December 6. The workshop will be held in the commissioners meeting room in the Wayne County Administration Building at 428 West Liberty Street in Wooster. The program starts at 10:00 am and concludes by 3:00 pm.
The workshop includes educational sessions along with several hands-on demonstrations. Instructors are Ben Enger (PhD, Assistant Professor Dept of Animal Sciences: Mastitis and Mammary Physiology) and Luciana Da Costa (DVM, MSc, PhD, Dairy Extension Veterinarian: Mastitis and Milk Quality). Sessions include an overview of mastitis and the pathogens and environmental conditions that contribute to SCC in milk, how to better understand and utilize a DHI or other milk sample report, proper cattle handling to reduce stress before and during milking, optimal milking preparation procedures, and dry off procedures to minimize the likelihood of mastitis infections. A panel discussion with local dairy processors will provide another perspective on SCC and milk quality.
Attendees are encouraged to bring DHI and current milk reports for discussion during the hands-on break out groups in the afternoon. Milk samples may also be submitted for mastitis pathogen testing. Contact Matthew Nussbaum, ANR program assistant at the Wayne County Extension office for details on submissions.
Seating for the program is limited, and pre-registration is required by November 29. Cost is $10/person, which includes lunch and handout materials. Thanks to our sponsors: Farmers National Bank, Farm Credit Mid-America and PNC Bank for their contribution
Rory Lewandowski is an OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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