April 27, 2011

Making sure kids get enough calcium is an ongoing challenge for many parents. Crucial to building bone mass, calcium helps guard against bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Recommended allowances are below, along with a handful of snack ideas to make getting enough calcium easier.

April 23, 2011

Today marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, an annual celebration to inspire people to live more sustainable lives. As dairy farmers, we’re all about preserving the land we depend on and encourage others to treat every day as Earth Day.

Even taking small steps toward sustainability can add up to big change. Whether you pledge to plant a tree, swap to a compact fluorescent light bulb or carpool with a coworker, you can help make a difference. Here are some other ideas:

April 21, 2011

Dairy farm families in Washington are as outraged and sickened by depictions of animal brutality in a video released by an animal rights group as are all other Washingtonians.  The actions depicted in the video – released on April 20, 2011 – are appalling and absolutely unacceptable.

America’s dairy industry takes claims about animal mistreatment very seriously.  We trust that state and local authorities in Texas will respond aggressively to investigate this particular case and take appropriate action against everyone responsible for the perpetration of these acts.

April 14, 2011

Concerned about dairy sustainability? There’s good news. Research recently released from the Dairy Research Institute™ concludes that the carbon footprint of dairy in the U.S. is lower than was previously reported. Read an excerpt from the study below and find the full report over at U.S. Dairy.

April 12, 2011

While making an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, TV chef Jamie Oliver made a statement that provoked one of those “What the …?” responses from us.  Oliver claimed that vanilla ice cream contains castoreum, an additive extracted from the scent glands of … wait for it … beavers.


Relax, consumers of America’s #1 selling ice cream flavor.  Turns out Jamie is wrong – completely, totally, absolutely, 100%, just plain wrong.

March 31, 2011

Rest assured, the U.S. milk supply is safe for everyone to drink, including children and infants.  The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have stated that there is no public health concern in the United States as a result of the nuclear accident that occurred in Japan.  Consumer safety is the highest priority for dairy farmers and dairy foods companies, and the U.S. dairy industry will continue to work closely with federal and state government agencies to ensure that we maintain a safe milk supply

Questions and Answers

March 19, 2011

Sometimes really smart people with all of the best analytical tools at their disposal can still be misled by market signals.  Such appears to be the case for dairy commodity prices in 2011.  The year began with cautious optimism.  2010 was at best so-so:  there was welcome recovery in the farmgate milk price after the disaster that was 2009; but high feed prices (animal feedstuffs account for about 70% of a typical dairy’s operating costs) kept margins thin, if that.  At least improved cash-flow eased farm operations.


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