After the low expectations given me by the sample collector, I really wondered how hard it was to pass the milk tests. I was worried I wouldn't pass. Well, today my worries have been allayed by the results. Not only did I pass, I passed with flying colors!
Standard Plate Count (total bacteria)
I needed to have less than 15,000 mg/l to pass the test. Well, my results were lower than their test could even detect, at <2,500 mg/l.
To pass the test I needed to have a figure less than 25 /ml. Mine was 12 /ml.
Of course, my cow's milk tested negative, and that is the standard.
Somatic Cell Count (test can indicate mastitis infection in the udder)
I needed to have less than 500,000 /ml to pass the test. I had 190,000 /ml.
I needed to have milk between 33*F and 40*F. Mine was at 33*F at the initial test. After transporting to the lab, my milk was at 1.7*C (or 35.06*F).
So, the milk you are drinking is very, very safe! (And tastes great, too!) I haven't heard anything about the brucellosis ring test results yet, but my cow was vaccinated, so I am hoping there won't be any problem.