Assessment of factors leading to milk spoilage on selected farms in Rwanyamahembe sub county, DISTRICT.Mbarara
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This report entails generally the activities I got involved in during my study. The aim of the study was to find out the on-farm factors causing milk spoilage in Rwanyamahembe Sub-County. Data was collected by physical examination, visual examination, questionnaire and interviews. 55% of the farmers use plastics while 45% use aluminium as milk handling equipment. 35% of milk produced by farmers in this Sub-County is lost through spoilage on a daily basis. Farmers use different methods of controlling milk spoilage. 20% of the farmers use milk filtration, 25% milk healthy animals, 42% sell off milk immediately after milking and 15% use healthy and clean personnel for milking their animals. I recommend that farmers in this Sub-County should be given education and sensitization on different ways of handling milk in order to reduce milk spoilage. Since research has been done on farms, I recommend that further research should be done to determine factors causing milk spoilage at milk collection centres.