Lakeland earns seventh Milk Quality award< More Stories
“To be recognized as a top producer is something we share as a team. We work together to ensure strong communication, collaboration, and consistency in our practices,” adds Ijff, a second-year animal science technology (AST) student.
Lakeland is one of 117 producers to receive this award in the 2016-2017 milk year.
Ensuring students and staff understand operating procedures emphasizing cow comfort and animal care and operational production practices have always been at the top of the Dairy Unit’s priority list. Since moving into the new Dairy Learning Centre, the Dairy Unit’s general manager Lukas Reutter anticipates the bar will be set even higher, saying “it’s surprised us how quickly animal health and production has increased in such a short period.”
Lakeland’s AST students in the dairy major have utilized the educational facility since September.
“We have systems that monitor various inputs and outputs including the automated feeding system, VMS, and herd navigator. These systems provide data that assist in monitoring animal health, reproduction and production,” says Blair Dow, Dairy SMF faculty advisor. “I look forward to the continued success of our dairy major at Lakeland.”
Students from agribusiness, crop technology, animal health technology, veterinary medical assistant, and other AST majors have also benefitted from the centre.
For Lakeland to ship milk and not face any penalties, specific criteria regarding bacteria count (IBC), somatic cell count (SCC), freezing point (FP) and inhibitors (INH) must be met. To be eligible for the award, producers had to meet the following parameters:
- A bacteria average under 15,000 cells per millilitre
- Have an average somatic cell count of 200,000 per ml or less
- All freezing points must be -0.535 Hortvet or less
- Have no inhibitor infractions