Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 12, Number 2
February 2012

400,000 SCC Limit Now in Effect

The 400,000 SCC milk quality limit is now in force. This is not a regulatory limit but rather a European Union market access requirement. Many Missouri producers still question if and when it will impact their operation. It does apply to you. Here are some common questions and answers:

Q: When did the new 400,000 limit go into force?
A: January 1, 2012

Q: My milk doesn't go for export and the 400,000 limit isn't a legal requirement. Why do I have to comply?
A: From a practical standpoint milk marketing cooperatives can't segregate milk, dairy products, and co products like cream and whey into separate streams suitable for export versus domestic consumption. All the coops are going to be singing from the same tune, some are just singing louder.

Q: My field man hasn't screamed at me yet, does that mean I don't need to worry about this?
A: In April, every dairy will have 3 months of SCC history under the new certification rules. It is likely that producer notifications of non-compliance will start arriving then. If you wait till then to start trying to get your rolling three month SCC mean under 400,000, you are going to be already under the gun for the next month.

Q: How are they going to measure whether or not I'm in compliance?
A: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/MilkSuppliersResponsibilites

Q: Where can I turn for assistance in lowering my SCC?
A: http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/dairy/quality/ or contact Dr. Scott Poock, Extension Dairy Veterinarian, MU Commercial Ag Program:

Scott Poock
Dairy Veterinarian
A331 Clydesdale Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Q: What if I need to bring my cell count down seriously in a hurry?
A: Take a look at the price the slaughter market is paying now for cull cows?

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