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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Nutrient (Manure) Management Fact Sheet

Dairy farmers have long been committed to taking care of their resources, and continuously work to improve sustainability on their farms. Manure is just one resource that dairy farmers work hard to effectively manage in order to protect the environment, enhance cow comfort, improve crop yields and promote sustainability.

Organic Fact Sheet

America’s dairy farmers are dedicated to providing wholesome, high-quality milk and dairy products. All milk in the U.S. is subject to the same strict federal standards for quality, purity and sanitation. The difference between organically and conventionally produced milk is in the process used, rather than the quality or nutritional value of the food.

Precision Dairy Farming Fact Sheet

Technological advances known as precision dairy are enabling dairy farmers to make smarter day-to-day decisions to improve cow health, production and on-farm efficiencies.

Raw Milk Fact Sheet

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized before consumption. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend drinking only pasteurized milk, because raw milk may contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, Listeria and Salmonella that can cause life-threatening illnesses. This recommendation has been affirmed by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others.

Sustainability and Dairy Farming Fact Sheet

Striving to protect the natural resources (such as soil, water, and air) needed for current and future food production is not a new endeavor, although the present-day pressures on all of Earth’s resources have generated widespread interest in this important effort. The core aspects of sustainability have always been an integral part of dairy farmers’ personal values and daily on-farm practices.
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