Milk and Milk Product Analysis Laboratory

The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery laboratory is a milk and milk product testing laboratory. The laboratory performs quality and component testing required for producer payment as well as typical analyses on many different types of milk and milk products including goat’s milk, cream, skim condensed, skim milk, dairy blends, ice cream mix, and dry milk powder.

The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery laboratory is a certified laboratory and has staff that is licensed by the National Council of Interstate Milk Shippers (NCIMS), and the Vermont Department of Agriculture. Our certified technical and professional staff prides itself on integrity, attention to detail, consistent quality service and personalized programs to meet your business needs.

Lab Lactoscope and SomascopeThe lab is equipped with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation – SomaScope™ MKII, LactoScope™” FTIR Advanced, Bactoscan™ FC 50.

The LactoScope™ is used for testing the chemical composition of milk and dairy products. Products that can be tested include: cow’s milk, goat’s milk, heavy cream, light cream, dairy blends, skim condensed milk, skim milk, fortified milks, and dry milk powder.

The SomaScope™ measures the somatic cells (ESCC) present in milk and can be used to test cow’s milk and goat’s milk. In addition, somatic cell counts can be tested using the Direct Microscopic Somatic Cell Count (DMSCC) method.

Lab BactoscanThe BactoScan™ FC measures the hygienic quality of raw milk (SPC and PI) by counting the individual bacteria cells, resulting in improved accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility over the standard plate count (SPC) method. This machine has the ability to provide a raw bacteria count within minutes as compared to the 48 hour incubation time required using the traditional SPC method. This is advantageous to the farmer who needs a quick result for troubleshooting problems on the farm.

Other bacteria testing available includes:

  • SPC (Standard Plate Count)
  • PLC (Plate Loop Count)
  • PI (Preliminary Incubation Count)
  • LPC (Lab Pasteurized Count)
  • Staphylococcus Aureus count
  • E. coli/Coliform count
  • Yeast and Mold count

Cheesemaker profile testing on raw milk samples includes the following types of tests with or without antibiotic testing:

  • SPC
  • LPC
  • PI
  • e. Coli/Coliform
  • Staph. Aureus
  • Butterfat
  • Protein
  • Lactose
  • Other Solids
  • MUN
  • Somatic Cell Count

Cryoscope testing can be performed to determine the amount of added water in a milk sample.

Drug residue testing can be performed on a variety of milk and milk products. Our laboratory is certified to use CHARM® SLBL and DELVOTEST P 5-pack test methods.

St. Albans Cooperative Creamery laboratory serves over 400 dairy producers by providing them with component payment and official state regulatory quality analysis.

Average number of producer milk samples tested per year:

  • Components: 79,000
  • Bacteria: 42,000


Lab Services Contact #s
(802) 524-7313
(800) 649-5953





Service Benefits

Open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
Custom reporting and data transfer services (fax, mail, email)