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U.S. average somatic cell count drops to 200,000

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:02

The national average test-day somatic cell count (SCC) in herds enrolled in Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) SCC testing in the U.S. has dropped from 316,000 cells/ml in 2000 to 200,000 cells/ml in 2014.

 

Humans carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than cows

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:05

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a concern for the health and well-being of both humans and farm animals. One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI).

 

California Milk Advisory Board begins new campaign

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 15:18

The simple beauty of a pat of butter melting on a baked potato brings to life a new integrated advertising campaign from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) that celebrates the real food and real people behind California dairy.

 

Checkoff Watch: New sustainability report highlights progress in three areas

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Monday, 24 August 2015 14:52

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has published the fifth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report to share the industry’s sustainability efforts and progress with people who are interested in sustainably produced milk and dairy foods. The goal is to build continued consumer trust and increase sales of dairy foods and beverages.

 

Merck Animal Health partners with NMPF to provide animal care education

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Friday, 14 August 2015 14:02

On Aug. 5, Merck Animal Health announced a partnership with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), to help ensure a comprehensive, industry-wide approach to employee training and animal care in the dairy industry.

 

Export Assistance Watch: CWT expands eligible products during Q2 2015

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:32

With world and U.S. milk production on the rise, building markets for U.S. dairy farmers is critical. In April, the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) export assistance program expanded the dairy products eligible for aid consideration by adding whole milk powder to its product mix.

 

Checkoff Watch: Using social media to get dairy’s story out there

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:57

Misled, uninformed and agenda-driven groups love to use social media to spread misinformation about how you farm and the milk you produce. The checkoff is doing something about that.

 

Raisin case suggests underlying disdain for marketing orders

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Written by Ryan Miltner   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:07

singing raisinsTwo years ago, I wrote an article about a challenge to the federal marketing order for raisins. Then, the Supreme Court held that raisin growers who had a portion of their crop seized for “reserve marketing” could challenge the legality of the regulations the USDA utilized to establish these reserve marketing pools.

 

‘This milk is produced from cows that are polled’

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Written by Calvin Covington   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 10:59

milk labelToday, almost all packaged fluid milk, as well as many other dairy products sold to consumers, has the following or something similar printed on the product’s package: “This milk is produced from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone or BGH.”

 

Could dairy production become a ‘profession’?

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Written by David Fraser   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:30

If we regulate “industries” but trust “professions” to regulate themselves, could dairy production become a profession? Some recent developments around farm-animal welfare make me think it can and should.

 


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