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Dairying is a risky business, and you’re OK with that PDF Print E-mail
Departments - Editorial
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:46

A recent research article published in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s quarterly magazine caught my attention. The researcher, Brian E. Roe, wanted to answer the question: How well do farmers tolerate risk?

He devised a set of questions to arrive at an answer and then compared farmers’ risk profiles to members of the general population and other non-ag business owners.

April 19, 2014 issue: InFocus PDF Print E-mail
Departments - In Focus
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:00

New data from the National Milk Drug Residue Database reinforced the dairy industry’s claims that antibiotic residues in milk are uncommon.

The annual report collates residue testing data from processors, handlers and state regulatory agencies. It reports positive tests for residues in raw milk from on-farm bulk tanks, from pickup tankers and after pasteurization of fluid milk and milk-based products.

Of the nearly 3.2 million samples of raw milk obtained from milk pickup tankers in the U.S. last year, only 445 or 0.014 percent tested positive for a drug residue. That’s one in every 7,187. It was the seventh year in a row that the percentage of residue-positive samples from pickup tankers declined.

This report was not the long-anticipated thorough FDA report on residues in milk. Experts expect that final report to be released soon.

An image of a milk tanker has been created using 7,187 dots, the same number of samples that you would have to take in order to find one that was positive for a drug residue.

Can you spot the one dot that is colored differently? It’s about as hard to find as drug residues in raw milk.

Click here to download a PDF of the "InFocus" image from the April 19, 2014 issue of Progressive Dairyman magazine to try and spot the dot.

No, I’m still here PDF Print E-mail
Departments - Editorial
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Friday, 28 March 2014 16:04

Recently, I’ve had several inquiries as to where I’ve been lately, as my face has not appeared on this page a few times already this year. I’m still here. However, you’ll continue to see a few different faces on this page from time to time.

As I’ve answered the recent inquiries as to my whereabouts, I’ve determined that my regular column on this page may lead some to believe that I’m the only editor here. That’s not true, nor am I the only one with industry insight.

April 1, 2014 issue: InFocus PDF Print E-mail
Departments - In Focus
Friday, 28 March 2014 15:20

MilkPEP’s recent decision to replace its “got milk?” slogan with a message of “milk life” made waves across mainstream and agriculture media outlets alike. Many questioned the need for the milk processors’ check-off organization to tweak a campaign with more than 20 years of iconic status.

Spokespeople for MilkPEP indicate the “milk life” slogan will help convey the message of milk’s protein content and its place in a healthy lifestyle.

We asked several of our Facebook and Twitter followers to weigh in with their thoughts regarding the change.

Click here to download a PDF of the "InFocus" image from the April 1, 2014 issue of Progressive Dairyman magazine to view these comments.



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