a1 Statistical Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts
a2 National Milk Testing Service
a3 National Agricultural Advisory Service
a4 National Institute for Research in Dairying, University of Reading
1. The experiments described in this part of the report were designed to obtain information about the effect of time and temperature of pre-test storage on test results and, in particular, about the possibility of a practical method of compensating test results to eliminate or minimize their dependence on the time and temperature of pre-test storage.
2. Four separate experiments were planned and carried out in three widely separated areas in England and Wales. Samples of morning milk, brought to the laboratory with the minimum of delay, were divided into a series of subsamples which were subsequently stored at controlled temperatures ranging from 3 to 24°C, and at shade atmospheric temperature, for periods ranging from 7 to 30 hr. before examination by one or more of the following tests: keeping quality at 18, 22 and 24° C. using clot-on-boiling (C.O.B.), and precipitation with 68% alcohol (A.P.T.) or 50% alcohol; methylene-blue test at 37–5° C. and at 18, 22 or 24° C. The results for the different tests were the times to end-point after transfer from the storage to the incubation baths.
(Received September 27 1950)