Dairy cows in the Fraser Valley, B.C.
Technological changes on the horizon will likely disrupt the dairy industry as we know it — plans to mitigate the risks this transition poses to farmer livelihoods and animal welfare should start now.
Cows’ milk yields rise when they eat
This grass may hold the key to improving milk yields from cows kept by small-scale farmers across the African continent.
A recent debate over the consistency of butter has led to attention on cows’ feed.
A recent controversy over the consistency of butter reflects the need for evidence rather than anecdotal data.
A rural advocacy group in New Zealand wants milks made from plants, such as almond or rice milk, called juices.
New Zealand’s dairy industry is arguing consumers are being misled if the term “milk” is used for plant-based products such as almond or coconut milk, but consumers are savvier than that.
Canada’s dairy industry is being increasingly put at risk in trade negotiations. A visit to a Canadian dairy farm illuminates why the industry should be protected.
Countries that have phased out supply management systems in the dairy industry have seen an initial spike in production, then a steady decline. That’s why Canada should protect its dairy farmers.
Cooling dairy cows with fans and misters at Pacheco Dairy in Kerman, Calif., during a heat wave in 2006.
AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian
Dairy cows are sensitive to heat, so farmers cool them down with sprinklers and fans. Researchers are designing better, more efficient systems to keep cows comfortable through hot California summers.
By 2100, heat stress in cows could see average sized dairy farms losing up to £14,000 a year.
Ethiopia produces about 4 billion litres of milk per year.
Flickr/Morgana Wingard, USAID
In Ethiopia most of the milk comes from local breeds which aren’t suited to milk production.
A phased eradication of M. bovis means that an additional 126,000 cows will need to be culled, at an estimated cost of NZ$886 million.
New Zealand has decided to attempt an eradication of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, which means culling thousands of infected cattle.
Humboldt Fog chèvre, born in a dream.
California’s artisan cheese-making industry has followed the changing tastes of the state’s population waves, from the mid-1800s through today.
And don’t expect chocolate ice cream, either.
Millions of Americans believe brown cows produce chocolate milk? The way the media reported this factoid raises questions about science literacy – but different ones than you may think.
Is Daisy doomed to a life indoors?
The dairy sector in the UK is going through a period of high uncertainty. Not only are suppliers having to cope with retail price wars and the fact that milk prices are being reduced by the increasing…