Milk Quality Laboratory

Improving udder health and productivity

The Milk Quality Laboratory,  run through the College’s Food Animal Health and Management program, is a service and teaching laboratory that performs bacteriologic cultures for cattle dairies in Georgia and neighboring states.

We encourage animal owners to work with their local veterinarian to solve herd-level and individual animal milk quality and mastitis issues and are available to become part of the management team.

If you would like more information on how milk cultures can help your operation, pricing, or how to submit milk samples for culture, please have your regular veterinarian contact Dr. Emmanuel Rollin (emmanuel@uga.edu).

Our focus is on commercial cow dairies that sell milk in the commercial market for further processing, and do not have the ability or expertise to test raw cow or goat milk for human safety.

We offer:

  • Individual cow clinical mastitis culture
  • Individual cow sub-clinical mastitis culture
  • Contagious pathogen screening (including Mycoplasma)
  • Bulk Tank milk bacteria counts
  • Colostrum bacteria counts
  • Calf milk bacteria counts

We can also perform the following milk quality assurance audits:

  • Milking system wash-up performance analysis
  • Milking system airflow analysis
  • Milking routine and parlor throughput evaluation
  • Teat end scoring
  • Bulk tank cooling analysis
  • Pasteurizer temperature analysis

If you would like more information on how milk cultures can help your operation, pricing, or how to submit milk samples for culture, please contact Dr. Emmanuel Rollin (emmanuel@uga.edu, cell phone 706.202.7821).

Submitting a sample

Before you collect cow and bulk tank milk samples for a bacterial culture, please watch our video for step-by-step instructions to ensure you are collecting a viable sample.