May 12 2017 08:32 AM

    Milk quality is determined by measuring Somatic Cell Counts (SCC).

    The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.

    Cows with lower SCC milk produce better quality milk with better

    taste, longer shelf life, and improved yield and quality of dairy


    Cows with lower SCC milk also reflect superior cow care and animal


    Milk quality starts at the farm level and cannot be improved as it

    travels through the processing path to finished dairy product.

    Therefore, NDPO encourages U.S. dairy farmers to produce the best

    quality of milk by giving dairy farmers an incentive of $250 for each

    milking cow culled for beef with a history of milk produced exceeding

    400,000 SCC. This offer is available to only NDPO members and is

    funded through agri-businesses wanting to assist in quality milk

    reaching the consumer. (Limitations apply).

    NDPO's milk quality improvement program will not only promote

    improved animal welfare and superior USA dairy products but will

    also benefit the dairy farmer milk price by better balancing the milk

    supply with profitable demand.