NCIMS meets to discuss regulations for tetracycline screening in milk

Last week, the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) held its Western Region Meeting in Reno, Nevada to discuss all things dairy — especially the future of regulating the screening of antibiotics in milk.

The meeting, which relates to one of the three state cooperative programs supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Winter prep on the dairy farm

Much of the United States and Western Europe is facing severe winter weather and unusually cold temperatures in early 2018. The Independent reports that this is the coldest British winter in five years, and the United States’ East Coast has battled a powerful “bomb cyclone” storm that dumped snow as far south as Florida.

With […]

Fridge vs. no fridge, part 1: Milk

You can tell a lot about somebody based on what they do with their milk when they get home from the supermarket.

It may seem like a strange detail, but in different countries, unopened milk either does or does not need to be kept cold. So if you know whether a person zips home from […]

Study: Raw milk 840 times more likely to make you sick

161°F. Toasty, right?

That’s the recommended temperature for milk to be heated up to in order to kill pathogens. Many commercial operations heat their milk to temperatures quite a bit hotter still.

The process, pasteurization, can be done in a few different ways, but is essential for making many foods, especially dairy products, safe to […]

Wednesday Links

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Animal Science

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia […]

Superior genes leads to $251,000 sale of dairy calf

Last month a 12-week-old Australian Holstein dairy heifer calf, known as Jedi Gigi, sold at auction for $251,000 — the second highest price ever paid for a bovine (beef or dairy) in Australia’s history. This sale will also be the first time an Australian dairy animal will be live exported to the U.S.

Taking into […]

Dairy industry says milk alternatives spoil truth

If it doesn’t come from a cow, can it truly be called milk? That’s the question on the top of some minds this week as 25 members of Congress recently wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking them to investigate and take action against manufacturers of “milk” that doesn’t come from […]

Neogen acquires Preserve International and Tetradyne

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired Preserve International and Tetradyne LLC, sister companies owned and operated by the private Nevada-based Preserve International corporation.

Founded in 1991, Preserve and Tetradyne offer the livestock and food processing industries cleaners, disinfectants, and associated products. Preserve has focused primarily on the swine, poultry and food […]

The straw to last? Dairy industry considers sex sorting

When it comes to breeding cows, there are some dairy farmers that would rather not let nature take its course. Instead, some are willing to pay top dollar — up to $200 a vial — for bull semen that contains only X chromosomes and therefore increases the chances of producing only female offspring.

“As […]

Study: Farm workers carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals

One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of antibiotics to treat this disease, and other diseases agriculture animals often face, has been blamed for generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a concern for the health and well-being […]