Green County Herds Recognized for Milk Quality
April 2, 2020
Green County dairy producers are well recognized for producing the high quality milk that results in the production of some of the finest cheese in the world. Dairy farms are unique because efforts to produce a high quality product must occur every day. The success of our dairy industry has been built on the consumers' confidence in the quality of our dairy products. The top Green County dairy herds were recognized at the Green County Area Dairy Management Seminar for producing high quality milk based on their somatic cell count (SCC) levels.
Production of high quality milk is dependent upon maintaining excellent hygienic standards. Somatic cell counts are actually a count of the number of white blood cells present in a cow's udder. Since white blood cells are used by the cow's immune system to fight infections, a low number of these cells in the cow's milk are an indicator of healthy and infection free udders and higher quality milk. Conversely, a high SCC number indicates that at least one or more quarters in the udder has an infection. Dairy operations must be able to meet the task every day of producing a high quality product. The Green County average SCC for all DHI herds on test in 2019 was 233,000 cells per milliliter.
The top three DHI herds in both the small herd category and the large herd category are being recognized for having the lowest herd linear score somatic cells counts for Green County dairy herds in 2019. The top three herds are presented with certificates and the top herd in each size category also receives a large aluminum milk house sign, sponsored by the Green County Milk Quality Council.
Top honors in the small herd category (230 cows or less) went to High Road Dairy Farm, operated by Kim and Nick Hartwig of Monroe. They milk 67 cows and had a weighted somatic cell count (SCC) of 87,000/ml. and a linear score of 1.4. Second place in the small herd division went to Binders Holstein and Brown Swiss, Monticello, and third place to Rollin Green Dairy, Brooklyn.
Gaining top honors in the large herd division (231 cows or more) was Dave and Brian Brugger of Monroe. Their herd of 542 cows had a weighted average SCC of 133,000/ml. and a linear score of 2.0 for 2019. Second place in the large herd division went to went to Truttmann Dairy, Blanchardville, and third place went to Williams Bedrock Bovine, Brodhead.