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Bulk Tank Monitoring Program

Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) offers a Bulk Tank Monitoring Program.  

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Bulk milk tankA single bulk tank sample can provide an inexpensive overview of your herd’s milk quality and animal health, while multiple bulk tanks over time can identify trends and alert the farm to any issues that may be emerging. 

What does the program cost?

A one-time fee of $200 ($300 for non-NYS farms) is paid per year which entitles you to six bulk tank samples during a 12-month period. 

How do my samples get to the laboratory?

QMPS collects the bulk tank sample for you automatically either through your milk cooperative or milk hauler.  This eliminates the burden of packaging and sending a sample to our laboratory.  Milking machine on cow

What information do I receive from my bulk tank?

Reports and an analysis of the results are sent to you, and anyone else you designate to receive this information.  We will report to you the detection of Strep agalactiae, Staph aureus, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, E coli, T pyogenes, Serratia, Yeast and Mycoplasma, along with total levels of streps, staphs and coliforms.  If you enrolled in DHI and have a herd code, that data may also be incorporated when possible. (There may be an additional charge for some data analysis programs.) 


What is the benefit to me?

The enrollment fee is less expensive than shipping six individual bulk tank samples.  You only need to spend a short amount of time answering a few questions at the beginning of your enrollment and your bulk tanks are automatically collected and reported back to you.  You then receive regular culture reports of the bulk tank with an analysis to help you better manage your milk quality and animal health. 

Laboratory testingWho else can receive reports?

You designate the recipients of your reports when you enroll in the program.  They can be your herd or NYSCHAP veterinarian, milk inspector, herdsman or anyone else that you feel would be helpful to you by having this information. 

How do I enroll?

You may enroll in this program by contacting Andy Myers at 518-429-1557 or by sending an email to  She will contact you to get the information necessary to enroll you in the program.  You can also download our brochure, complete the information requested, sign and mail it in.

Quality Milk Production Services

Northern Laboratory
SUNY Canton
Canton, NY 13619
(fax) 315-379-3931
Central Laboratory
240 Farrier Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
(fax) 607-253-4000
Western Laboratory
36 Center St, STE A
Warsaw, NY 14569
1-877-645-5525 toll free
Eastern Laboratory
111 Schenectady Ave.
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(fax) 518-255-5682