Midwest Dairy Association

Dairy Farming Facts

Midwest Dairy Association has a menu of fact sheets available for you to learn more about dairy farmers’ care for their animals, the environment and how they produce wholesome, high-quality milk. Additional topics include dairy farms and sustainability; hormones, antibiotics and milk wholesomeness; and the variety and characteristics of milk choices.

Frequently Asked Dairy Questions

Retail Milk Pricing
Safety and Quality
Environment and Sustainability
Animal Care
Dairy Cows

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Precision Dairy Farming Fact Sheet

Precision dairy farming helps farmers use technology and increased access to data to improve their overall management of a wide variety of tasks related to animal health and milk production. Results include improved animal care and productivity and increased labor efficiency. By using these advancements, dairy farmers from farms of all sizes can continue producing a safe, nutritious product with more emphasis on milk safety and quality plus cow care and comfort.

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Animal Care Fact Sheet

A cow’s health is of utmost importance to dairy farmers. Dairy farmers know that healthy, comfortable, and well-treated animals produce high-quality, wholesome dairy foods for people around the world.

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Antibiotics Fact Sheet

Dairy farmers are passionate about the health and well-being of their cows, and they know that there will be times when they need to use antibiotics to properly care for a sick animal. The prudent use of antibiotics on dairy farms helps restore sick cows to health and lower overall risk of disease. Healthy cows provide the abundant supply of nutritious, high-quality, safe milk we all enjoy.

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Critical Steps to Quality Milk Fact Sheet

Dairy farmers across the United States follow industry accepted best management practices to ensure that their dairy cows are healthy and well cared for, that the environment on and around their farms is protected, and that the milk they produce is safe and of high quality. While many factors affect the milk cows produce, here are the most critical steps for producing high-quality, wholesome and safe milk, starting at the source—the cow—and ending at the consumer’s table.

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