Bob-White Systems' newly-opened Dairy & Food Testing Lab at South Royalton, Vt., has a manager, Jana Koschak. The lab is the only private lab of its kind in the state where producers and processors can have milk quality and composition analyzed, according to company officials.
Prior to the opening this testing lab, dairy producers hand-delivered milk samples to the state lab in Burlington or sent them to a lab in New York state.
Koschak, a Greenhorns researcher and former cheesemaker, is working to obtain state certification for the lab to provide customers with accredited results for the following tests:
Bacteriological testing (including Standard Plate Count and Staphylococcus)
Somatic cell count
Milk component analysis
Finished product testing
Antibiotic residue testing
The service will focus on helping dairy farmers, raw milk producers, cheese makers and other dairy-food processors meet stringent regulations passed by the Vermont legislature.
Koschak has a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and a certificate from Penn State University in the art and science of cheesemaking. Prior to joining the Bob-White Systems team, Koschak worked as a goat herder for 35 alpine does and as an artisanal cheesemaker at the award-winning Twig Farm in Cornwall, Vt.
She also spent several years working on an organic vegetable farm in Pennsylvania. Koschak currently serves as a researcher for The Greenhorns, a grassroots organization that works to promote, recruit and support new farmers in America. She is happy to be working to support Vermont's farmstead dairy industry.