Speaking at the Vermont Dairy Industry Association’s annual meeting last week, Steve Kerr, agriculture secretary for the state, called on Vermont producers to stop supplementing their cows with rBST.

Kerr told producers it makes sense  to stop using rBST since the two largest milk processors in the area have already announced they will no longer accept milk from cows supplemented with the synthetic hormone. However, Kerr supports the idea that producers should be paid a premium for giving up a valuable technology. He intends to sit down with representatives of the two largest processors in the area, Dean and Hood, to negotiate a premium for producers.

In the Rutland Herald article, Kerr acknowledged that “rBST is safe for cows and consumers, but that public perception is just the opposite."

To read the full article, go to: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061007/NEWS/61006003/1004

Rutland Herald