Milk Quality

Canadian dairy farmers work together with stakeholders to adhere to high standards of quality.  

Target

Achievement

All dairy farmers are licensed and inspected every second year

  • 100% of dairy farms are licensed by provincial authorities
  • 95% of dairy farms were inspected in the last 2 years

Milk is always fresh

  • 99.9% of all milk is picked up at the farm every second day

Milk from all Canadian farms is inspected, and sampled before pick up of milk at the farm

  • Dairy farmers monitor bacteria level, fat, protein, and other quality criteria every day
  • All milk truck drivers are trained experts in grading milk. They inspect, measure, and take sanitary samples of milk before loading it on the truck
  • 100% of farm milk tanks & milk trucks are sampled for milk quality 

Dairy farmers respect the Canadian regulatory limit for somatic cell count, which is the same as some of the best world standards (400,000 SCC). 

  • Actual results show dairy farmers perform better than the standard
  • In February 2016, the provincial average SCC results ranged from 180,575 to 221,000

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