Eurofins will take over the business management of the daily operations and seven employees performing raw milk analysis; producer payment/quality testing, in addition to Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) testing.
“To say we are excited for this partnership might undersell the true value of working with a company as globally renowned as Eurofins DQCI. At Southeast Milk, we pride ourselves on providing premium levels of service to our membership and customers. By utilizing the expertise of laboratory testing and management at Eurofins, SMI can offer expanded testing capabilities and services, allowing us to focus on what we do best – sourcing and selling high-quality milk and milk products,” said Ray Egan, member services supervisor with SMI.
“Beyond expanded services, we will also see savings generated through reduced operating expenses, adding more value to a membership with Southeast Milk.”
The relationship with Eurofins, the largest food and feed analytical laboratory company in the world, will give Southeast Milk, Inc. members direct access to all Eurofins analytical methods through the Belleview location; mastitis PCR and pregnancy analysis on milk samples; increased analytical services offered locally at the Belleview lab; improved quality and efficiency; and a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and the newest digital platforms for SMI members for laboratory services.
In addition, it will allow for access to the Eurofins network of laboratories, to include a fourfold redundancy improvement by connecting the Belleview site with other DQCI locations and centralized data management; dedicated personnel assisting in review and support of the Belleview lab; and more robust quality systems and employee training by internal auditing.
“We are honored to partner with SMI and look forward to serving their members, while allowing SMI executives the ability to focus on their core business. As experts in the testing business, we will be able to significantly increase service offerings to SMI members at a reduced cost and improved quality,” said Ann Gladwell, president dairy testing US, Eurofins DQCI.