A simple guide to milk cooling regulations

If you're a dairy farmer, sharemilker, dairy farm manager, or dairy farm operator you need to understand and meet your legal requirements:

  • The Animal Products Act 1999.
  • Animal Products (Dairy) Regulations 2005.

In a nutshell, milk cooling regulations state that raw milk must:

  • Be cooled to 10°C or below within four hours of the commencement of milking; and
  • Be cooled to 6°C or below within the sooner of:
    • Six hours from the commencement of milking, or
    • Two hours from the completion of milking; and
  • Be held at or below 6°C without freezing until collection or the next milking; and
  • Must not exceed 10°C during subsequent milkings.

The best way to find out if you’re going to be compliant is to have your local DTS On-Farm Solutions specialist carry out a Milk Cooling Assessment. If you need to make changes they can work with you to determine the best solution for your business.

DTS has a full range of milk protection solutions supported by a nationwide team of technicians, a 7-day week customer call centre and a range of asset care and maintenance options to keep you cooling compliant and running smoothly.    

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Information for Fonterra Suppliers

From 1 June 2021, Fonterra changed the way farmers are paid for their milk through the introduction of a new milk payment parameter. 

The 10 cent Co-operative Difference payment is made up of:

  • 7 cents per kgMS for achievement under the Environment, Co-op & Prosperity, Animals, and People & Community focus areas.

Once these have been achieved;

  • 3 cents per kgMS for milk that meets the ‘Excellence’ standard under the Milk Quality framework.

The Milk Quality standard is measured and graded when the tanker driver collects and tests the milk. The milk is graded as either a downgrade, quality, or excellence.

The excellence grade is awarded when the milk meets a higher level of quality, above Fonterra’s milk parameters.

  • Once the farmer achieves an excellence grade of 30 days across the season, then every day they achieve that grade would see the farmer qualify for the 3c per kgMS payment.

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