Milk output and demand has risen sharply over recent decades. In response, dairy farms are becoming fewer, but bigger. Operational costs and productivity are in focus, but so too is the need to meet consumer interest in animal welfare, use of antibiotics and organic farming methods. Above all, sustainability is top-of-mind for the industry and consumers alike.
Living up to high demands for productivity on the one hand and quality standards and good farm practice on the other can be a challenge for any dairy farmer. Inconsistencies in compositional quality for parameters such as fat and protein (and casein) can compromise dairy production. Poor hygiene can affect shelf life. Accidental or deliberate adulteration can threaten food safety.
Streamlined and automated milk payment analysis are more relevant than ever in ensuring that the industry can uphold quality standards while helping farmers to continuously improve the productivity and sustainability of the raw milk supply.
Valuable insights from fatty acid profile tests
Knowing the fatty acid composition (i.e. fatty acid profile) of raw milk is valuable information for milk processors and milk producers aiming to enhance the quality of dairy products, optimise milk processing and/or optimise dairy cow performance through improved feeding and management.
A recent study describes the development of global fatty acid models for high-throughput FTIR milk analysers and the possible practical applications of such models in the dairy industry.
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