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Monday, July 08, 2013 - 09:08 AM

Milk Quality - IN 62

The leverage of milk production in Brazil is taking place thanks to the improvement in milk quality. Normative Instruction 51 was substituted by number 62 and became effective since the start of 2012.

The new dates and reference limits are shown below: 

PERIOD ESTABLISHED

TBC

(total bacterial count)

SCC

(somatic cell count)

01.01.2012

30.06.2014

600,000 colony forming units/mL

600,000 somatic cells/mL

01.07.2014

30.06.2016

300,000 colony forming units/mL

500,000 somatic cells/mL

01.07.2016

100,000 colony forming units/mL

400,000 somatic cells/mL

 * for the northern and northeastern states, add one year to the period.

TBC: it is an index that shows the quality in the milking hygiene and cooling of milk. The greater the cleanliness in the milking process and the faster the cooling of the milk, the lower the bacterial load in the milk.

SCC: the somatic cells are directly responsible for combating infections in the mammary gland of cows. Therefore, the somatic cell count is directly related to the rate of mastitis in a herd.

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