MICROBIAL EVALUATION OF RAM MILK FROM A DIARY FARM
Microbial evaluation of twenty samples of raw milk from a diary farm (Emene fulani cattle rearers) was carried out using five method: viz direct microcopies count nutrient agar count, Blood agar count, Mac conkey agar count (celiforms only) and Acid fast bacilli staring was done to assay for the presence of the Tubercle bacillus. The bacterial was were as follows: direct microscopic counts ranged from 9.0x 105 to 9.5 x 107 counts on Nutrient agar ranged from 9.0 x 104 to 8.0x 105 counts on blood agar ranged from 7.0x 104 to 9.8×10 while counts on Mac country agar ranged between 5.0x 102 to 5 . 0 x 10.
The Acid fast bacilli staring did not show a single bacillus, an indication of tubercle free. The gram staring result indicate single chains clusters gram positive bacilli and gram negative bacilli which are characteristics of staphylococcus spp streptococcus spp lactobacillus spp and coliform. it is suggested that milk maids and milk processors should endeavor to wash the udder of the con, sterols their equipment and containers as well as improving their personal hygiene during milk collection . these will contribute to the quality of products in our milk industries as well as the good health of man especially the fulani cattle rearers that drink without pasteurization.