Dairy farm quality risk management
Further to the issues of food safety on dairy farms, Quality Risk Management (QRM) may also help improve farm economic performance. QRM is based on quality analysis and hazard control, holistically analyzing
the farm and all processes involved. Hence it becomes clear that an optimal farm organization will be paramount.
Within this project we will demonstrate the adaptability of the HACC P concept to dairy farms, how to implement a
HACCP-like Quality Risk Management program on a dairy farm using VACQA International’s web-based SWOT assessment tools for preliminary risk analysis. The evaluation of VACQA International web-based SWOT assessment software’s efficacy and efficiency is also included in this paper as a secondary goal.
Eight dairy farms in Portugal were selected to test VACQA International’s web-based SWOT assessment software, for its efficacy and efficiency based on a time trial, and to determine how long it
takes to do a whole SWOT assessment on a dairy farm. The selected farm for the time trial and to develop the QRM manual was the Santarém College of Agriculture Dairy Farm (SCADF).
The training done on the other seven dairy farms has helped to reduce farm assessment time from an initial seven hours to about three, a great increase in efficiency. The introduction of the data in the VAC QA-
-International website took about ninety minutes, after which the immediate display of the detailed farm evaluation (Strong Points, Weak Points and Items of Particular Attention) accounted for the assessments effectiveness.
Results from the experience of different stakeholders (veterinarians; farmers; farm workers) after having worked with the QRM, are expected in late January 2012.
By reviewing the development of this paper it is clear that, although seemingly laborious, the HACCP concept is perfectly adaptable to individual dairy farms. It is also evident that the implementation of a QRM program of this kind, while preventing or reducing quality risks and including the factors related to animal health and wellbeing, will boost production. Given that the implementation of a program of this nature does not require a significant investment, apart from consulting and labor, one may conclude that, when animal health and welfare improve, the dairy farm income will also increase.
Source: Proceedings World Buiatrics Congress 2012
Abstract: Dairy farm quality risk management
Quintino N, D.; Cannas Da Silva J.; Gomes Luiz A.; Noordhuizen Pt J.
Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Portugal