On-Farm Resources

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. These fact sheets were reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Council.

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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.

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.

Calf Care Fact Sheet

While animal welfare has been more in the public spotlight in recent years, it has always been a priority for dairy farmers, since proper animal care throughout the life of a dairy cow directly impacts its health and milk production. Quality calf care is especially important, since it can enhance the calf’s immediate health, promote normal growth and set the animal up for a healthier, more productive life.

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.

Dairy Food Safety Fact Sheet

The dairy industry takes food safety very seriously. Throughout the years, dairy farmers and processors have worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory officials to establish safety regulations and practices including the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. As a result, American milk and dairy products are among the safest and most highly regulated foods in the world.

Dairy Foods and Nutrition Fact Sheet

Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients that improve overall diet quality and promote good health. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognize that milk and milk products are linked to improved bone health, especially in children and teens, and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in adults.

Milk and Hormones Fact Sheet

Bovine somatotropin (bST) is a naturally occurring protein hormone produced by a cow’s pituitary gland. Present in all cows, bST regulates metabolic activities, helping young cattle grow and adult cows produce milk. It is not a steroid but rather a protein hormone. A small amount of this hormone is naturally present in all milk, including organic products. In fact, hormones are naturally present in all foods of plant and animal origin, including milk. When milk is consumed, the small amount of bST present is broken down completely by the body’s digestive system, just as is any other protein.
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