Department of Agriculture - Ohio Manufacture Milk Rules - Milking procedure.

Published: 2016-02-21

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(A) The milk producer shall ensure that milking is done only in the milking barn, stable, or parlor. The flanks, udders, bellies, and tails of all milking animals shall be free from visible dirt. All brushing shall be completed prior to milking. The udders and teats of all milking animals shall be clean and dry before milking. The milk producer shall ensure that the animals' teats are treated with a sanitizing solution just prior to the time of milking and shall be dry before milking. Wet-hand milking is prohibited.

(B) The milker's outer clothing shall be clean. Hands shall be clean and dry immediately before milking and performing any milkhouse function, and prior to resuming any of these activities if interrupted. No person with an infected cut or open sore on their hands or arms shall milk dairy animals, or handle milk, milk containers, utensils or equipment.

(C) Dairy animals which secrete abnormal milk, shall be milked last or with separate equipment.

(D) Dusty operations should not be conducted immediately before or during milking. Strong flavored feeds should only be fed after milking.