By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

CWT - From Russia with love?

Einstein Does Not Run the Dairy Industry

Albert Einstein does not run the dairy industry. If he did,
dairy marketing geniuses might have a clue as to how to make
their own numbers work. On July 7th, a major decision will
be made to implement a new program called Cooperatives
Working Together (CWT). The CWT acronym is actually a dairy
insider's joke. Every farmer knows that CWT refers to
hundredweight, and that's how farmers are paid for their
milk, by each hundred pounds produced.

Industry insiders calculate that by reducing 1.5 billion
pounds of milk production (170 billion pounds of milk will
be produced this year), they will raise the CWT wholesale
milk prices. Four years ago, farmers were getting $18 per
CWT. Today, they net $9 and change.

What the dairy industry has not done is examine the addition
of imported dairy milk protein (casein) to American food
products. Such practice is illegal, violating FDA and USDA
regulations. How do dairy farmers allow such betrayal? Easy.
They themselves are betrayed by their own leaders who make
secret deals in Washington, D.C. corridors, far from the

Ten billion pounds of foreign milk was produced during the
past 12 months, and protein from that milk was isolated and
concentrated into American cheese products like Cheez Whiz.
Dairy-rocket scientists figure that eliminating 1.5 billion
pounds of American milk will restore milk prices and end
dairy farmer woes. Why not eliminate the market for 10
billion pounds of foreign milk instead? These dairymen need
a leader who is able to add two and two. Got brains?

I spoke to the man who runs the CWT program, Walt Wosje.
(703-243-6111). I outlined the same points that you've read
in the first two paragraphs of this column. His response:

"I agree with you, but that's somebody else's bailiwick.
Look, I hate to be rude, but I'm up to my eyeballs in CWT
business." We said our goodbyes.

Milk Protein & Fat Imports

If you owned one of the 9.1 million dairy cows in America,
and she produced the average milk yield after mowing your
lawn, you would end up with 50 pounds of milk each day.

If you could divide the milk into its basic components,
forty-four of those pounds would be water. You would also
end up with 2.33 pounds of carbohydrates, 1.7 pounds of fat
(butter), less than 1/3 pound of minerals and ash, and 1.65
pounds of protein.

Eighty percent of milk protein is casein, so your 50 pounds
of milk would net 1.32 pounds of casein.

During 2002, American dairy processors such as Kraft Foods,
imported over 240 million pounds of casein from Europe and
Asia. This milk protein was used primarily for artificial
cheese. Got Cheez Whiz?

Working backwards, we can determine that 41.67 pounds of
milk will produce one pound of casein. So, over 10 billion
pounds of foreign milk were processed to create imported
casein protein concentrate.

What else is imported into America? Last year, 210 million
pounds of a substance called chocolate block. It takes
little imagination to guess what chocolate block is used
for. By definition, chocolate block contains at least 45%
milk fat. Since a 100 pound chocolate block must contain 45
pounds of fat, and since the 50 pounds of milk from your cow
yield just 1.7 pounds of fat, we can determine that 1,324
pounds of milk would make one chocolate block. Ergo, 2.1
million chocolate blocks required 2.8 billion pounds of

In America, it is illegal to add concentrated milk protein
extracts to cheese and then label that product as "cheese."
Of course, the dairy industry does this. You will find many
Kraft products in violation of USDA and FDA laws. The same
can be said of cheeses used for some commercial pizzas.
Casein concentrate is expensive to produce. Much of it comes
from Kiev, an area of the Soviet Union best known for the
Chernobyl nuclear accident. This milk is plentiful and
cheap, and so is the powder added to American foods.

Casein is a tenacious glue. Consume casein, and your body
produces histamines, and then mucus. The more casein
Americans eat, the higher become our national asthma rates.

The bottom line: Casein is dangerous. More casein powder can
be hazardous to one's health. Adding casein to concentrated
milk products is illegal, but that's now a common practice.

As dairy farmers go out of business, one can look overseas
to one of the causes, foreign casein. Foreign dairymen flood
American markets while American dairy farmers, betrayed by
their own insiders, drown in debt.


Notmilkman Saves the Dairy Industry (I had a dream)

Some people call me a visionary, while others see my visions
as their worst nightmare. I dream of a dairy-free world in
which people take back their health from ignorant physicians
who lack the vision, schooling, and knowledge of scientific
links between dairy consumption and illness. I see a world
in which humans eat a plant-based diet, and live free of
cancer and heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and

I admire the dairyman's work ethic, but detest his product.
I do everything I can to put his farm out of business, and,
in doing so, allow the farmer to enter a job market and
apply that same work ethic to a career which will better
provide for his family, while recapturing more leisure time
for himself.

So...anything that I do to help dairy farmers in the way of
economic survival might be seen as a contradiction of who I
am, but I cannot ignore what came to me in a dream a few
nights ago. I have told a few people privately of my dream.
I did not comprehend its full meaning until now. Suddenly,
in a burst of clarity, there was comprehension.

This all relates back to yesterday's Notmilk column in which
I related the current dairy farmer's plight. Wholesale milk
prices are at an historic low, and without subsidy dollars
(welfare checks), the dairy business would be financially
bankrupt. The dairy industry solution is to get farmers to
produce 1.5 billion pounds less milk. Yesterday's column
revealed that 10 billion pounds of cheap foreign milk
produced in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is
concentrated into milk protein powder and exported into
America where it is converted into cheese. Eliminating that
10 billion pounds of milk would be more effective than
producing 1.5 billion pounds of milk in America.

One night earlier this week, after absorbing all of this
information, I went to bed and had a dream. There was a
field of cows nursing calves. A man in a flannel shirt held
a bucket in one hand and a paint brush in the other. The
bucket was filled with honey. He walked from cow to cow
applying that honey to each animal's udder.

Aside from the metaphor of "a land filled with milk and
honey," the dream made no immediate sense to me, yet, I felt
so very strongly that it held a subliminal message. What are
dreams, if not secret messages merged by the id, ego, and
superego? There had to be disguised meaning, and I searched
for a few days, frustrated that I could find no
revelation...and then it came to me early Thursday morning
before the first light of dawn.

Why not feed calves their own mother's milk instead of an
artificial milk replacer that is now fed to calves? The
original land filled with milk and honey was a land in which
Jewish slaves in Egypt who had their firstborn sons
slaughtered would now be free to breastfeed. Dairy cows are
also slaves. Why not raise their own children on the
sweetness of their own milk?

I calculated the financial meaning of this to dairy farmers.
There are presently 9.15 million cows being milked each day
in America. Every cow must birth a child to continue
lactating. That represents 9.15 million calves. Those who
are male become veal or grow to become burgers. Those born
female are heifers raised to replace their own mothers.
Approximately 4.6 million heifers.

The female calves are fed one gallon of colostrum within an
hour after birth, for the lactoferrins and immunoglobulins
are critically important in guaranteeing their growth and
survival. The calves are then immediately separated from
their mothers.

What would happen if 4.6 million calves were each fed just
one gallon of her own mother's milk (about 9 pounds) each
day for ten weeks?

The amount of milk consumed by 4.6 million calves for
seventy days would equal 2.9 billion pounds, nearly twice
the volume they are presently seeking to reduce.

Keep in mind that dairymen are seeking to cut back on the
production of 1.5 billion pounds of milk in order to raise
wholesale prices by $2 per hundredweight. Eliminating twice
as much milk from the market might raise prices even more,
but let's assume the same $12 to this basic formula price.

Based upon current wholesale prices dairy farmers get for
their milk (class 3, used for making cheese), the average
heifer would require 630 pounds of milk at a cost of $10 per
CWT over the ten-week period. Dairymen predict that
eliminating 1.5 billion pounds of milk would result in $12
per CWT milk.

If an imaginary dairyman with 100 cows (each producing
20,000 pounds of milk per year) was to continue receiving
$10 per hundredweight, his yearly production of 2,000,000
pounds of milk would generate $200,000 in gross income.

If that same dairymen fed 50 of his female calves (heifers)
with their own mother's milk for seventy days, he would lose
31,500 pounds of milk representing $3,150 dollars (at the
current price of $10 per hundredweight).

The remaining 1,969,500 pounds of milk at $12 per
hundredweight would generate a gross income of $236,340.
From this scenario, the farmer would  generate an additional
18% profit. For him, that extra $36,340 would be "cream."

Double the financial gain if the male calves are fed their
mother's milk too. Many animal rights activists protest the
conditions in which babies are confined so that their flesh
can become veal. Let them too be free, nursing from their
mothers. Six billion pounds of milk diverted from the market
to their bodies will produce a better quality of meat for
producers. Compassionate farming is the goal of many AR
groups. This measure would satisfy much of the protest and
negate the need for those laws that many organizations are
currently lobbying congress to enact.

Such a change in dairy herd management would solve most of
the financial challenges and problems faced by dairy
farmers. Feeding calves their mother's milk would provide
for healthier, happier creatures. Such a change would be
applauded by animal rights activists. In fact, such a change
makes so much sense...that it will probably never happen.
Perhaps it's because I am the one to have thought of it. My
dream of a land of milk and honey for dairy cows is so
incredibly logical, and if it is adopted will save thousands
of dairy farms this year.

My dream is to let this happen from the heightening
 Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let this happen from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let this happen from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that, let this happen from Stone Mountain of
Let this happen from every hill and molehill of Mississippi
 and every mountainside.
That is my dream.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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