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The Dairy Program ensures a healthy environment for livestock and a safe, high quality supply of milk at fair prices for consumers, processors and dairy farmers. This requires careful inspection and monitoring to enforce the relevant laws and regulations. The Program monitors milk production, hauling, distribution, pricing, and marketing.Inspection of dairy farms to assure a safe and healthy supply of milk to processors, and ultimately consumers. Many factors influence the quality and quantity of milk produced by a dairy farm. Bacteriological counts produced through testing of milk samples helps determine the quality of milk. When the counts exceed regulatory standards, a dairy farmer is required to return to compliance within a timely fashion. The Dairy Program also assists dairy farmers to comply with Appendix N requirements of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.

Attention Current and Past Dairy Farmers: Milk Producer’s Security Fund Reimbursement

The MDAR is currently working on the reimbursement of funds paid into the Milk Producer’s Security Fund, a fund established in 1984 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 10 Section 48 to serve as a security net for Massachusetts’ independent dairy producers.  Reimbursement payments are expected to be made in early 2015.  Several contributing producers still remain unidentified, and the Department is asking for assistance in locating these producers.  Past dairy producers who may have contributed to the Milk Producer Security Fund or anyone with information relative to those who may have paid in are strongly encouraged to contact Catherine de Ronde as soon as possible at (617) 626-1811 or Catherine.de.Ronde@state.ma.us.  For more information, please click here.