Mastitis control in summer

Hot, sunny periods can be a testing time for the dairy cow and the herdsman.

Dairy farmers have to deal with irritation in the parlor, prolonged milking times because of the irritation, and most importantly, contamination of the udder leading to mastitis.

Many cases of summer mastitis are not classified as environmental or contagious; they […]

Test your milk knowledge on World Milk Day

Happy World Milk Day!

What is World Milk Day, you may ask? It’s an international holiday dedicated to raising awareness of the important contributions of the dairy sector: forming a sustainable food supply, supporting local and national economies, building livelihoods and providing nutrition to ourselves and our families.

The campaign was started in 2001 by […]

SDSU wins Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

Last month brought us the 2018 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, an annual event in which student sensory evaluators put their dairy expertise to the test with blind assessments of donated dairy products. The contest is one of the longest-running contests for sensory evaluation in the U.S., only having paused for each of the World […]

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

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

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 […]