A survey on ovine dairy farms directly transforming own-produced milk, in the Italian Marche region, was carried out to assess flock and milking practices that may influence milk hygienic-sanitary conditions. A census survey established that 24 dairy farms were located in this region. Bulk milk samples were collected throughout the milking period in each dairy farm in 2013. Analyzed variables were: (i) chemical parameters such as fat, protein and lactose content, dry matter and pH; and (ii) total bacterial (TBC) and somatic cell counts (SCC). Chemical parameter values were in agreement with published data while, geometric mean (GM) log10 SCCwas 5.91 and TBCGMwas 57 978 colony forming units/mL, in compliancewith Eropean Union criteria. A positive correlation was found between SCC and TBC when GMs of all farm data were considered (Spearman’s rho = 0.7925; P = 0.0001). Statistical analysis did not show significant correlation between SCC or TBC GM and dairy farm principal characteristics. Although SCC levels detected in the present study should suggest the need to implement mastitis control programs, Marche’s dairy sheep flocks revealed a good hygienic condition level. This is an important aspect in implementing safety for end users of the final product.

Effect of farm characteristics and practices on hygienic quality of ovine raw milk used for artisan cheese production in central Italy

AMAGLIANI, GIULIA;BRANDI, GIORGIO;
2016-01-01

Abstract

A survey on ovine dairy farms directly transforming own-produced milk, in the Italian Marche region, was carried out to assess flock and milking practices that may influence milk hygienic-sanitary conditions. A census survey established that 24 dairy farms were located in this region. Bulk milk samples were collected throughout the milking period in each dairy farm in 2013. Analyzed variables were: (i) chemical parameters such as fat, protein and lactose content, dry matter and pH; and (ii) total bacterial (TBC) and somatic cell counts (SCC). Chemical parameter values were in agreement with published data while, geometric mean (GM) log10 SCCwas 5.91 and TBCGMwas 57 978 colony forming units/mL, in compliancewith Eropean Union criteria. A positive correlation was found between SCC and TBC when GMs of all farm data were considered (Spearman’s rho = 0.7925; P = 0.0001). Statistical analysis did not show significant correlation between SCC or TBC GM and dairy farm principal characteristics. Although SCC levels detected in the present study should suggest the need to implement mastitis control programs, Marche’s dairy sheep flocks revealed a good hygienic condition level. This is an important aspect in implementing safety for end users of the final product.
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