The Hidden Killer Mycotoxin

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What do we do when two-thirds of all grains are contaminated with mycotoxins? This question was answered at Alltech’s recent Global 500. Dairy and beef producers from across the world came together to hear from experts and share advice with each other. Andrew Linscott, ruminant specialist for Alltech United Kingdom, talked with dairy producers about the hidden killer hitting dairies …

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Cheese was Ancient Superfood

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Ancient cheese-making started at least 7,000 years ago according to a new paper published in the journal, Nature. Turning milk into cheese was a way for our ancestors to guarantee they had a source of nutrition if their crops failed. Melanie Salque is the paper’s lead author and a chemist at Bristol University in England. She says some of the …

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Opposition to Government Limits on Milk Production

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A new nationwide survey released found that 81 percent of Americans agree that individual farmers should have the freedom to decide how much milk they produce and not have a limit set by government policy. The survey, which was conducted online last month among 2,094 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of the International Dairy Foods Association, also found that …

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Dairy Protects Against Cancer

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According to Science Daily, milk consumption has been linked to improved health, with decreased risks of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and colon cancer. A group of scientists in Sweden found that lactoferricin4-14 (Lfcin4-14), a milk protein with known health effects, significantly reduces the growth rate of colon cancer cells over time by prolonging the period of the cell cycle before chromosomes …

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Generational Differences Among Dairy Producers

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New research shows how the management style of younger dairy producers and corn growers compares and contrasts with that of their older counterparts. The survey, commissioned by McCormick Company, considered management practices, ownership structures, decision-making processes, business and transition planning, and the role of information — including digital media — in running respondents’ operations. What the study found was that …

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Youth Milk Drinkers Benefit in Old Age

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New research shows that children who drink milk regularly will be physically fitter in their elderly years. The research, published in the Journal Age and Aging, found elderly people who consumed the highest amounts of milk and dairy foods in childhood were able to walk faster and were much less likely to suffer problems with balance. Researchers at Bristol University …

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Economic Impact of Animal Agriculture on Soybean Farmers

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Challenges facing U.S. poultry, livestock and fish farmers threaten the future profitability of the country’s soybean farmers, according to a new report that also analyzes the economic impact of animal agriculture. The report, prepared for the United Soybean Board (USB) and soy checkoff, concludes that the future success of the U.S. soy industry is closely tied to the long-term competitiveness …

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Helping Organic Dairies Become More Profitable

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Organic dairy farmers and University of Minnesota experts will collaborate on a new study aimed at improving dairies’ profitability through improved pasture production, best management practices for animal comfort and more milk production. The project, headquartered at the university’s West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris, brings farmers together with experts in animal science, entomology, agronomy and economics. A …

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FARM Animal Care Program Findings

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A report issued about the National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program found that overall, its subscribers are doing a thorough job of adhering to its multi-faceted approach to comprehensive dairy animal well-being. In June 2012, data collected from the more than 5,000 second-party evaluations made of the dairy operations enrolled in FARM program was reviewed and analyzed to determine the …

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Hypoallergenic Milk Research

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New Zealand researchers say they’ve found a way to genetically engineer cows to produce hypoallergenic milk, good news for the 1.3 million children who have milk allergies. A solution to this problem may just reside in a single, tailless cow in New Zealand. This special calf, conceived through genetic modification and cloning, produces milk that contains no detectable levels of …

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