Improper use of insecticides can result in residues in the milk and meat from dairy animals. Residue problems can be avoided by managing pesticides properly.

Here are some key safety parameters from the University of Florida Extension:

  1. Stop and read label precautions before using any pesticide. Heed all warnings and precautions.
  2. Store all pesticides in their original container away from animal feed.
  3. Keep pesticides out of reach of cattle, as well as other animals and children.
  4. Apply pesticides only as directed on the label.
  5. Dispose of empty containers promptly and safely.

The Food and Drug Administration has established residue parameters for certain insecticides used in animal agriculture. When approved insecticides are used according to label directions, animal products will be safe for food.

Preventing residue violations is an important aspect of the Dairy Animal Care & Quality Assurance (DACQA) program. DACQA is a voluntary, national certification program intended to enhance and demonstrate quality animal care practices, which assure food safety, quality and value as well as enhance consumer confidence in the milk and beef products that are harvested from cattle on America’s dairy farms.

The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association is the only national association dedicated to serving the dairy calf and heifer industry. For more information about DCHA and the Gold Standards, visit or call 877-HEIFERS.