If you are worried about the quality of your food, and in particular your milk, you needn’t be. That is the message from Jim Johnston who, in addition to being the mayor of Melbourne Township, is also a fifth-generation farmer whose 60 dairy cows produce some 1,500 litres of milk a day.
Jim, who owns and operates Teebrook Farm with his son, Josh, knows about milk quality. In 2019 and 2020 their herd won awards for milk quality from both the Quebec Federation of Milk Producers and from Agropur.
“That might be a little misleading,” Jim Johnston points out. “One organization operates on the calendar year; the other starts the year on July 1 and ends on June 30. The two awards are for the same result.”
The quality of milk has a strict, scientific definition: it corresponds directly to the somatic cell count. In layman’s terms this refers to the number of white blood cells per millilitre of milk. For full story and others, subscribe now.