Show Summary: Friday, Oct. 3, 2009
- The final principles and guidelines for the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative were released today at World Dairy Expo. "We are concerned that consumers are losing confidence in the food chain," says Logan Bower, a dairy producer from Pennsylvania. "With a program like this we can restore consumer confidence and maintain our market access."
- Dairy manure is an increasingly valuable resource and it’s economic worth has risen along with the price of alternative fertilizer sources, says Paul Kivlin, University of Wisconsin extension nutrient management specialist. The meaning of manure has changed, he adds. "Once valued as a fertilizer, it is now often viewed more as a byproduct of dairy production. In truth, manure is not a liability, it is an asset."
- According to research at Cornell University, modern dairy production and dairy technology have reduced the carbon footprint of a gallon of milk significantly since 1944. The study, "The Environmental Impact of rbST Use in Dairy Production," demonstrates that rbST use reduces resource inputs and outputs from dairy farms. For example, Jude Capper, Cornell University post-doctoral research associate, notes that a 150-cow dairy producing 10 more pounds of milk per cow, would be equivalent to removing 38 cars from the road or planting 28,000 trees. "The volume of additional milk produced with rbST dilutes the ‘fixed costs’ associated with feeding and caring for a dairy animal (maintenance), allowing us to produce the same amount of milk with fewer cows, which generates environmental benefits," explains Capper