Best Dairy Milking Practices Net $9,205 For $75 Invested

Upcoming Penn State on-farm milk culturing workshop can be worth more than $9,000 in reduced mastitis and higher milk quality premiums.

Published on: Feb 18, 2014

Penn State Extension's Dairy Team is offering four workshops across the state to help producers boost income by increasing production and premium benefits and decreasing mastitis treatment costs.

Some 77% of past workshop participants have cut herd somatic cell count averages by 133,000 cells/ml. Farm incomes of those using what they learned increased an average of $3,000 due to decreased SCC and $6,205 per farm per year in higher milk quality premiums.

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The first workshop is scheduled for February 21 at Lancaster. You'll need to register as soon as possible for it or contact the instructors noted below.

All workshops are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dates are:

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•February 21: Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Lancaster County
•March 4: Tioga County Fairgrounds, Wellsboro, Tioga County
•March 6: Hoss's Steak and Sea House, Indiana, Indiana County
•March 12: Berlin Volunteer Fire Hall, Berlin, Somerset County

These hands-on workshops are designed for dairy producers, employees and milkers. They'll focus on proper methods for collecting and identifying cultures.

The registration fee is $70 per person, with necessary supplies included. Participants may register without buying supplies for $45.

Registration may be done online.

Participants will learn the importance of early detection of clinical and sub-clinical mastitis and proper treatment protocols, plus gain essential tools for early detection of clinical and sub-clinical mastitis.

The training also teaches proper techniques for collecting milk cultures, setting up cultures for on-farm identification and how to identify bacteria growth. Each farm participating will receive the tools needed to start milk culturing.

Instructors are Penn State Extension Educators Greg Strait and Amber Yutzy. For more information, call toll-free 888-373-7232 or contact Yutzy at anl113@psu.edu or Strait at gls10@psu.edu.