Milk Quality survey questions

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9. How frequently do you perform regular maintenance and service on your milking equipment?

Monthly 29.5%
Quarterly 27.3%
Weekly 25%
Annually 11.4%
Less often 6.8%
Daily 4.5%


8. What percentage of your employees require training tools translated into Spanish?

0-15 percent 54.5%
61-75 percent 18.2%
76-90 percent 18.2%
46-60 percent 9.1%


7. What type of mastitis and milk quality training tools do you use?

Magazine articles 64.7%
Mentoring by an experienced milker/manager 52.9%
Internet 52.9%
Outside consultant 29.4%
Video tapes 17.6%
Brochures 17.6%
None 17.6%
Posters 11.8%


6. When you find a substantial rise in somatic cell count, which do you do?

check more thoroughly for mastitis 76%
check milking equipment   62% 
discuss with milkers to help identify the problem  60%
check pre- and/or post-milking teat dipping and effectiveness  52%
bring your management team together   36%
call your veterinarian to investigate the problem  22%
ignore it and hope it goes away   8%


5. Do you provide Milk Quality and somatic cell count feedback to your employees?

Yes 81.2%
No 18.8%


4. Where do you get your somatic cell count measurements?

DHIA 52.8%
Creamery/processor 47.2%
Cooperative 27.8%
On-farm parlor management system 11.1%
Other (cmt, milk company, etc.): 8.3%


3. How often do you check somatic cell counts?

Daily 38.5%
Weekly 26.9%
Twice per week 11.5%
Monthly 11.5%
Quarterly 3.8%
Never 7.7%


2. What is your udder prep procedure? Please mark all appropriate answers:

Wiping 88.3%
Post-dipping 85.7%
Pre-dipping 81.8%
Fore-stripping 72.7%


1. Do you believe the U.S. should adopt a 400,000 somatic cell count standard to replace the 750,000 standard currently in place?

Yes: 65.9%, No: 34.1%



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