How will milk quality after Brexit have an impact on the future of your dairy?
Milk quality means something different for every farmer in the dairy industry
Not only does quality mean something different for every producer, the way it’s measured or observed also differs,
If you’re a dairy farmer, the first thing you go to with milk quality is somatic cell count [SCC]. If you’re a buyer, bacteria counts are critical for lots of different reasons, like product safety, product quality and yield.
The key party of the dairy farm chain we often forget about is the consumer.
To the consumer, milk quality is something completely different in what we think about.
The consumer want to know how the cows are treated are they looked after well
This is why it is vital to please the consumer, and milk buyers want to produce an outstanding product, the milk quality “premium” to the dairy producer is not generated at the consumer level but at the processor level. Is that premium changing?
After Brexit, quality premiums may be a thing of the past we have to transition from producing quality milk because it makes you more money.
Will milk be picked up if you consistently make a 300,000 to 400,000 SCC or high bacteria count?
So why the change?
We will be on the world markets to keep ahead of the game we need to shift to better milk quality.
Every dairy farmer has the skill to produce high-quality milk and, in the future, it’s not going to be an option dairy processors are going to have to produce a higher -quality product.
Your milk might go to the same plant every day, but the components of that milk they produce – like the whey protein concentrate and all those other pieces – go in different directions, and quality impacts all of those.
Don’t accept high cell counts and bacteria counts,
These are based on views on other developing countries that have reacted to world trends.