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CDC to help Washington state find source of E. coli outbreak at milk fest

CDC to help Washington state find source of E. coli outbreak at milk fest | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Public health officials in Washington state said on Friday they had asked for assistance from the federal government in tracking the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened
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I am alarmed, as the parent of a first grader, to learn that children that age are being affected by an outbreak of E. coli in Washington. The source of the outbreak is still not known, but milk is one of the possible culprits.

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The birth of somatic cell score, and our big mistake in creating it | Dairy Herd Management

The birth of somatic cell score, and our big mistake in creating it | Dairy Herd Management | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
To facilitate educational programs across the country, it was important to establish a common SCS scoring method across all processing centers. A 1982 NMC article outlined six alternative scores, discussed their properties, and compared their advantages. The article concluded with a recommendation to use a natural log score or base 2 log score. The natural log and base 2 log were preferred because the scores occur over a 10-point range; in contrast, base 10 logs for SCC have a range of only 3 points.
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For those interested in milk quality on the production side, you are likely familiar with Somatic Cell Scores. This article sheds light on the history of its development and implications of decisions made at that time.

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Co-ops Push Forward with Mandatory FARM Program Participation

Leading dairy processors are on their way to 100% participation in the animal care program.
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What's important is implementing the standards of care, not being part of the program.

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▶ U.S. Dairy Exports: A Growth Story - YouTube

In 1995, U.S. dairy farmers formed the U.S. Dairy Export Council. That year, U.S. exports totaled $982 million. They now exceed $6 billion, averaging 21% gro...
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How we will feed the world - by innovation and collaboration.

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A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don't Feed Children Raw Milk | Food Safety News

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don't Feed Children Raw Milk | Food Safety News | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
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This tragic story illustrates the complexity of determining the risk of our food choices.
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Measuring the impact of changing antibiotic rules | Cattle Network

Measuring the impact of changing antibiotic rules | Cattle Network | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
Ever since the FDA issued its Draft Guidance 213 and the proposed Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules in 2013, veterinarians and industry stakeholders have wondered about measurement.
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Dairy farmers and their veterinarians will be very interested in what FDA's on-farm data collection strategy looks like.

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McCarty Family Farms continues learning with Dannon

McCarty Family Farms continues learning with Dannon | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
If there was such an award for dairy term of the year, “price volatility” would have won it four times in 2009 through 2012. But long before that, the McCarty family wanted to take control of the phrase on their farm, by vertically integrating their dairy.
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This award-winning dairy plays a unique role in today's dairy industry.

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Opinion: Vermont’s attempt to force the labeling of GMO foods: It’s got 'issues' | Vermont Business Magazine

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Judge: "is this about a “right to know,” or is it instead about attempting to stigmatize GMOs out of existence through fear?"

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Mole's Progressive Democrat: Washington State Dairies Investigate Antibiotic Use

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Human health and animal health both benefit when we follow best practices when using antibiotics.  This article about projects in Washington state helps shed light on the connection between antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.

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Commentary: Milking a new controversy

Commentary:  Milking a new controversy | Milk: The Good and the Bad | Scoop.it
Think the debate over milk’s nutritional value is just a veggie-vs.-animal-foods battle? Well, now there’s a more complex and interesting debate pitting A1 against A2. Confused? Read on.
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A2 milk: really healthy or mythical marketing claim? A2 real but the jury is still out on whether it makes any difference.

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