• Paula Mohr

    Dairy Industry Deflects Milk Quality One More Time

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 10, 2013

    Nature's most perfect food continues to fight an uphill battle among the people who produce and regulate it. At issue is milk quality. The industry uses a measurement called the somatic cell count to determine if milk is clean and of the highest quality. High SCCs occur when a cow is sick with an inflammation of the udder called mastitis. Over the decades, those who oversee U.S. milk shipping have lowered the SCC number as science has proven that higher quality milk makes for…

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    Will The Dairy Industry Wipe Out Johne's?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 11, 2013

    USDA recently announced a new way of detecting Johne's disease in cattle. Johne's (pronounced YO-knees), also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death. Microbiologists at the Agricultural Research Service National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, discovered an antibody that's…

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    Make Mine….. Milk?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on January 10, 2013

    Dairy farmers will be attending district meetings this month and through February that are hosted by the Midwest Dairy Association. Farmers will have the chance to hear from their board representatives and ask questions about the 15-cent per hundredweight dairy checkoff. There will be some good news to share, such as how and where dairy demand grew in 2012. Checkoff investments were used to partner with Domino's and McDonald's; new partnerships with Taco Bell and Quaker Oats also…

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    $38/cwt. Milk?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on December 27, 2012

    Media reports are trying to find a fresh angle on the farm-bill-yet-to-be. The latest, according to the Star Tribune, is how consumers’ milk and dairy product prices are going to double, due to the federal government’s lack of dealing with the ‘fiscal cliff’ and lack of farm bill passage. According to that news story, which links “twisted consequences of Congress' frayed fiscal cliff negotiations” with “the possibility of dramatically…

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