Last week, about 40 members of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry called for unity, regardless of whether bST is one of the technologies in their arsenal or not. The action was due to a recent push by area dairy marketers asking producers to deliver a steady stream of bST-free milk to processors and sign forms certifying that the milk was bST-free.

Meeting in Troy, Penn., producers and industry representatives raised concerns about the “slippery slope” of taking technologies off the table, and the need to be able to choose which tools will be used on individual farms.

Jon Jenkins, vice president of North Penn Dairy Cooperative, asked which technology would be next to fall under question.

Meanwhile, dairy marketers say the quest for bST-free milk is a consumer-driven need, and not a commentary on the value of any technology. And that the dairy industry must adapt in order to sell milk.

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