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Milk Advisory

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Dairygold Milk Advisory Service

At Dairygold, we work closely with our milk suppliers, providing a comprehensive range of services and support to ensure sustainability and improvements at farm level in the short and long term. Our mission is to assist milk suppliers in the Society to ensure a consistent supply of high quality milk.


Dairygold personnel will provide consultation and assistance where required to Milk Suppliers on:

  • Milk assembly and collection
  • Laboratory testing
  • Milk payments
  • Mastitis Control Programme
  • Milk recording advice
  • Dairy herd performance reports (ICBF)
  • Herd health
  • Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS)
  • Lean Farm Programme
  • Ensure animal health cert submitted
  • Dairy hygiene inspection(s)
  • Facilitate milk supplier in the maintenance of quality milk supply
  • Dairygold –Teagasc joint programme (Farm Monitor and Discussion Group)

For all milk related queries and weekend contact numbers please contact the helpdesk on 1890 200840. At all other times contact your milk advisor for help and advice (telephone numbers are published in the Society Farm newsletter each month and on the MyMilk App and on

It is vitally important to ensure that Dairygold Co-Op Society has your correct mobile phone number.


The National Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) was launched by Bord Bia in December 2013 with the support of the Irish Dairy Industry. This independently accredited Scheme demonstrates the quality and sustainability of our dairy produce right back to the farm where the milk is produced. The scheme replaces the existing Dairygold farm audits (for Suppliers who are certified) and it also satisfies the Society’s regulatory and commercial requirements.

Dairygold and the Industry as a whole, believe, for the SDAS Scheme to deliver the maximum benefits from the marketplace and to meet the expectations of key customers, full certification of all Milk Suppliers is essential.

Preparation for SDAS

The following table is a reminder of the 10 most common items to be aware of when preparing for the SDAS audit.

Top 10 Items for SDAS Checklist
Water test A water test report from Enfer Labs lasts 3 years.
Dairygold Farm Sign Farm sign must be present in prominent location.
Medicine Records Records must be updated back to most recent Bord Bia audit if you are existing member of dairy or beef scheme. Or
3 months’ records prior to audit if new member to the scheme.
Farm Safety Statement Farm safety booklet must be maintained regularly.
Bovine Herd Register Herd Register can be completed in “Blue Book” or Online.
Feed Purchase Dockets A sample of feed purchase dockets must be provided for the audit.
Dairy Fully sealed to ensure vermin proof e.g. doors, no openings in walls.
Milking Parlour Milking equipment should be clean and all surfaces reasonably clean.
Farm Hazards Open slurry pits must be adequately fenced off, guards on PTO shafts.

The Dairygold Milk Advisory Team is available to offer help and advice in relation to any and all aspects of the scheme. If you have any queries in relation to the scheme, please contact your local Milk Advisor or our lo call help desk on 1890 200 840

Milk Testing

  • Stored in Cold room
  • Tests each day are based on a testing schedule:
  • Fat/Protein/Lactose/SCC
  • Sediment
  • T.B.C.
  • Thermoduric
  • Antibiotics
  • Added Water
  • TCM
  • Bar Code Identification of milk samples

Herd Health Programme driven by Munster AI Vets

  • Dairygold Milk Payment Lab is accredited to ISO 17025.
  • The Dairygold Herd Health Lab first received accreditation in January 2012. (This line should be taken out now. The whole lab is covered by the above statement)
  • The auditing authority is INAB
  • Testing at least 8 times per month where milk supply allows for; Butterfat, Protein, Lactose & SCC, with a target of 10 times per month. (Milk Payment Terms & Conditions)
  • Elisia Testing for Dairygold / Munster A.I. Herd health schemes.
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