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“USDA orders recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef.”

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According to the Community Nutrition Mapping Project, the USDA found that 19.4 percent of Americans are getting the nation’s recommended three servings of dairy products.

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Recent trends continue in the fluid market. Fluid sales are generally steady except where featured. The split between affidavit milk (produced without rBST) and nonaffidavit milk is causing problems for handlers trying to cover customer orders.

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California milk production is steady to higher on a week-to-week basis and remains at levels well above year ago levels. Recent wet conditions may have moderated growth, but the upward trend has not turned.

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Dairy farming is undergoing striking changes. In the 1970s, a large dairy farm had a herd of 100 milk cows. Typically, the family operating the farm provided most of the labor and grew most of the herd’s feed on the farm. While thousands of such farms remain in operation, their numbers, as well as their production methods, are in sharp decline.

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