MDGA Milk Testing 2019
One thing you should know that has changed in the last year. If you are on 305 test and use a lab that is a DHI Record Lab, you will only need to send in your dry off sheet for each doe at the end of her lactation. If you use a private lab that only gives you the fat and protein each test then you will need to send your lab results and your barn sheet monthly.
Don’t forget ALL testers MUST be certified yearly. IF you are planning to do that through your lab or through MDGA please do that quickly. It takes time and you don’t want to be worrying about that at the last minute.
You must also certify your scale EVERY year. So, check the date on your scale now and make plans to have it certified. If you are buying a brand-new scale be sure it is dairy ready. This means it measures in .10 of a pound not ounces. A new scale MUST be certified as well.
ALSO if you are NOT required to do a Verification test (those doing standard test and group test are not required to do a Verification test) you MUST have your regular tester measure and record heights on the VT form once during the testing year. If you are required to have a VT test be sure your tester measures and records heights of all does on test. MDGA must have record of height of ALL does on test for calculations to be recorded.
Please send in a copy of your tester's certification and your scale certification with your application or with your first test.
We wish you the best and hope you have a happy and productive year.
~ MDGA Milk Test Committee
How to get started and what to expect
You will need a scale that weighs in .0 (tenths of a pound). A digital postage scale can be used, although a regular dairy scale is better.
After having milked all the does and added their milk to their individual bottles, have the tester prepare the milk samples
to be mailed to the lab, which will test the milk.
When sending samples to the Lab, Please send a note to have results emailed to:
1-Day Testing: email@example.com
305-Day Testing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete instructions and procedures will be sent to the herd owner after the herd is registered to be on test.
Things to Note
When you contact your milk tester these are the things you or your milk tester will be required to have:
- A measuring stick/device to measure the goats height
- A certified scale ( that weighs in .0 (tenths of a pound) )
Things to remember:
- Be sure to keep a copy of all paperwork when milk testing
Be sure to email a copy of the barn sheet and also email a copy to MDGA
Tester should mail samples and barn sheet, not the owner