THEY WROTE IT (Dairy Wisdom)
I learn quite a bit about what the "other side" is thinking
by subscribing to their journals.
Yesterday, I received my copy of Hoard's Dairyman, the
National Dairy Farm Magazine. Rather than editorialize about
the contents of the May 25, 2002 issue (vol. 147, no. 10),
I'll let you read my favorite 13 comments just the way they
"Saving the Ogallala aquifer is the goal of a new research
effort...The aquifer has great economic impact, being the
source of irrigation water for parts of eight High Plains
states, including South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorodo,
Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma...95 percent of
total water use is for crop irrigation... for dairies and
"Over 700 farmers and ranchers die in agriculture-related
accidents each year, and agriculture is consistently ranked
among the three most dangerous industries, according to the
National Safety Council."
"Butter in storage at the end of March was up 53.3 percent
over last year...butter price was down to $1.03 a pound; was
$1.86 one year ago."
"A year ago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
published 285 pages in the Federal Register to change the
definition and obligations of concentrated animal feeding
operations (CAFO)... Beef, dairy, swine, and poultry were
among the industries selected to be reviewed...Animal
industry groups are concerned about the financial impact to
livestock and poultry operations...Environmental groups
would also like to see the revised regulations address
pathogens, antibiotics, and hormones."
"The average cow defecates 8.1 times a day. By ridding
herself of approximately 48.5 pounds of fecal matter every
24 hours, a 1,500-pound cow adds over 22 trillion coliform
bacteria to her environment."
Page 394 (editorial):
"Once again, raw milk has been thought to be responsible for
a disease outbreak. More than 50 people became ill in
northern Wisconsin; many had consumed raw milk from one
Page 394 (editorial):
"Animal care guidelines may be imposed by supermarket and
restaurant chains...Of course, more processors want milk
with bacteria levels and somatic cell counts below certain
points... Meeting these new challenges (requirements, in
some cases) will be neither simple, nor cheap. Many already
have faced the 'unproductive' costs of meeting tougher
environmental regs... Show us the money and we'll produce
the kind of milk people want, the way they want it
"Manure offers a lot of fertilizer potential, and producers
need to recognize that they could save money on fertilizer
costs by simnply applying manure correctly for future crop
"The water needs of a milking cow depend on many
factors...under ideal conditions, a high-producing cow will
drink as much as 50 gallons of water per day."
"In a recent survey, New York dairy farmers were asked if
they had received complaints about their operations in the
last five years. In the more than 300 animal units category
(an animal unit is 1,000 pounds live weight), 61 percent
reported complaints... Forty-two percent of the complaints
were about odor. Roadway spills were the second highest,
with 26 percent."
Page 402 (Ad):
"Sure she looks innocent (photo of cows in field). But who
knows what she's carrying? You can't see it, but she might
be carrying something that costs the U.S. dairy industry an
estimated quarter-billion dollars every year. That's what
Johne's disease costs in reduced milk production and
*Robert's note: Johne's disease in cows is passed on to
humans as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.
"Summer show season will soon be upon us, and with it comes
the question of biosecurity risk...Just the general nature
of shows, where we bring animals from multiple farms in
close contact with one another, raises health care
concerns...Sick cattle and carriers of infection that don't
appear to be sick can infect other animals directly."
"Requests in excess of $29 million were received by Western
United Resource Development, Inc. These requests were
applied for under a grant program funded by the California
Energy Commission, which is designed to assist California
dairy producers in dealing with skyrocketing electrical
bills and to take a load off the state's electrical grid.
The program has $10 million in funding. In all, nearly 40
applicatiopns were received to help California dairy
producers turn manure into electricity."
I love this magazine!
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