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My journey into milk quality consulting – necessity and passion

My journey into milk quality consulting began when I was 12 and made the decision I wanted to become a veterinarian. Growing up on a small, general livestock farm in Michigan, USA I learned about caring for many farm animals. By the time I graduated from high school, my favorite farm animal had become the cow. I cannot explain the attraction. I like cows – both dairy and beef, mature and newborn, growing heifers and just fresh first ones, friendly ones and even crazy ones. I like them all and have gladly spent my entire professional career focused on the goal “What is best for the cow!”

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Jennifer Walker
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Jennifer Walker, Director of Milk Quality, Danone North America

Jennifer Walker joined Danone North America (DNA) as Director of Milk Quality in May of 2018, her primary duty to manage milk quality and food safety from farm to factory gate for the 600+ farms in DNA’s direct supply network in addition to all liquid dairy supply (cream and condensed). Since then, the team has taken on and incorporated animal welfare into their quality mission having launched DNA’s industry leading Quality and Care program (QnC). The QnC team consists of six specialists focused on translating audit and quality data into results at the farm or supplier level.

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Spotless cows in well designed and managed sand cubicles
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How to use qPCR testing for bulk tank milk samples and contagious mastitis in individual cows

In the February 2019 edition of M2-Magazine, Dave Wilson of Utah State University, raised concerns about the sampling of milk aseptically for culture or PCR testing on robotic milking herds. This content is for M²-DIGITAL, M²-PREMIUM, M²-INSTITUTIONAL & NMC members only. Log in if you have a valid subscription andRead more

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Picture 3: Badly supported long milking tube.
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Milking Time Tests

Ian Ohnstad is a milking Technology Specialist working with The Dairy Group in the United Kingdom. This content is for M²-DIGITAL, M²-PREMIUM, M²-INSTITUTIONAL & NMC members only. Log in if you have a valid subscription and continue your reading Or Join us today (subscribe) and get instant premium access toRead more

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Dr. Costello and her team also asses the calf health management on the dairy farms.
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Milk Quality Pays

Dr. Sandy Costello is the owner and chief dairy management consultant at her dairy service practice, Milk Quality Pays. This small business is based in the eastern United States and was developed in 2011 as a way to actively focus on the diverse needs of clients. Milk Quality Pays worksRead more

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