Cow manure. Like many other things, its beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. To dairy farmers, it’s a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer that – when applied to croplands – sustains the cycle of agricultural life. To others, it’s an environmental headache which – when it gets into the wrong places – can threaten sensitive ecologies.
The New York Times recently published an article entitled While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales – which accused the federal government of cross-purpose policy making in respect to dairy marketing.
It’s one of the most popular current misconceptions about milk: that it causes early-onset puberty in girls – known clinically as precocious puberty. This notion gained widespread exposure after the mid-1990s, when some animal-rights and anti-biotechnology advocates suggested a link between precocious puberty and consumption of milk from cows supplemented with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST – also known as “bovine growth hormone”). To those unarmed with the facts, such a suggestion had a certain plausibility: an animal growth-inducing hormone, ingested via cow’s milk, mi
Trick or Treat! It’s that time of year again, when goblins, princesses and super heroes ring doorbells to fill their bags with candy. But overloading on sugary snacks isn’t something one wants to encourage in kids - or adults – especially given the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes in the U.S. Did you know that the typical Trick-or-Treater will bring home 250 pieces of candy? And with the average “fun size” candy bar packing between 60 and 100 calories each, any notion of a “balanced diet” can quickly be out the window.
It's a well-known industry fact that if you treat your cows with the utmost care and respect, they will reward you with the best milk possible. However, recently released videotapes aim to suggest that dairy farmers would rather abuse their animals than treat them well. While this claim is completely false and offensive to dairy farmers, it is clear that the videos are perpetrated by one or two sick individuals, not the dairy farmers, their families or other employees. Further proof of this fact can be found in last week's decision by a grand jury to not charge a central Ohio dairy farmer with animal abuse. Read on to learn the real story behind the video....
What better way to celebrate National Dairy Month than to look back at the history of Washington dairy? 174 years later, dairy farming has become Washington's second largest agricultural industry and the tenth largest in the nation!
Already-wavering dairy farm numbers are being challenged by a falling number of children intending to continue the family dairy tradition. However, a bright spot appears each year with springtime graduation from schools like Washington State University. Read on to learn more about the new generation of dairy farmers that intend to carry on the tradition and sustain one of Washington's most important agricultural industries.