What is your opinion on the decision not to lower the U.S. SCC regulatory level to 400,000 cells/ml?

Do you support the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments decision not to lower the U.S. SCC regulatory level to 400,000 cells/ml?

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Dr. Craig Thomas    
Michigan  |  May, 06, 2011 at 05:14 PM

The U.S. dairy industry has just lost an opportunity to shore up our critical dairy product export market. Lowering the SCC maximum to 400,000 would have sent a strong message to our dairy export partners that the U.S. takes this market seriously.

Richard Nelson    
Derby, VT  |  May, 06, 2011 at 09:07 PM

I agree with Dr. Thomas. It would of helped to control supply in the short term as well. The real benefit would of been added exports perhaps.

Bill Pratt    
Chesapeake, OH  |  May, 18, 2011 at 02:06 PM

I am opposed to endorsing any additional regulation upon American farmers. In federal order 33 the scc is routinely below 250,000 for our several thousand farms. Lowering the cell count will eliminate marginal producers as well as any need for processors to pay a quality premium. This will take millions of dollars right out of our pockets. Our export market is driven mostly by product type and transportation. Our scc nationwide is comparable to others. We only have greater freedoms here in the good ol' U S of A.

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