Department of Agriculture - Ohio Manufacture Milk Rules - Milking facility and housing.

Published: 2016-02-21

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(A) The milking barn, stable, or parlor shall be of a size and arrangement that will promote a sanitary milking operation. It shall be provided with natural or artificial light, well distributed for day or night milking and have sufficient air space and air circulation to prevent condensate and excessive odors. The floors and gutters shall be in good repair and constructed of concrete or other impervious material. Concentrates and feed, when stored in the milking facility, shall be kept in a tightly covered box or bin. The facility shall be kept clean, the manure removed daily and no swine or fowl shall be permitted in any part of the milking facility.

(B) If milk is exposed in the milking facility, it shall be protected in a manner that prevents any contamination of the milk, equipment, containers, or utensils. No milk shall be strained, poured, transferred, or stored unless it is properly protected from contamination.

(C) Milk stools, surcingles and antikickers shall be kept clean and stored off the floor.

(D) The cowyard, housing area or loafing area shall be of ample size to prevent overcrowding, shall be kept clean and drained to prevent forming of standing water pools, insofar as practicable. The dairy animals shall be prevented from having any access to stored or accumulated manure.