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Application of the Milko-Tester to Routine Testing of Composite Samples

Authors: I.C. Curtis and E. Neff


The performance of the Milko-tester was investigated with a view to its application for routine fat testing of ten day preserved composite milk samples. The Milko test was found to be more reproducible than the Babcock test and calibration of the instrument was possible to give excellent correlation with the Babcock test.

Consideration was given to the effects of concentration of mercuric chloride preservative, daily shaking of composite samples and length of conditioning time at 40°C. A comparison was made of ten day composite samples and the means of the daily samples. Practical points of importance in any proposed introduction of the Milko-tester for routine factory testing are discussed.

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