The Rise Fund Injects $50M Into Indian Dairy Products Co. – Law360 (subscription)

Law360, New York (May 4, 2017, 4:24 PM EDT) — South Indian fresh dairy product supplier Dodla Dairy Ltd. has received a $50 million capital injection from an affiliate of private equity giant TPG Capital called The Rise Fund, the companies said on Thursday.

The investment is subject to regulatory approval, according to a statement. It marks the first food and agriculture investment made by The Rise Fund, and is also the fund’s first investment in India.

The Rise Fund is an investment vehicle created by TPG Growth founder and managing partner Bill McGlashan; U2 lead…

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Collins backs level playing field for US dairy products – The Batavian

Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) today led a bipartisan letter sent to President Trump applauding the president’s acknowledgements of Canada’s protectionist trade policies related to dairy products and advocating for swift action to ensure Canada upholds its trade agreements.

“President Trump campaigned on putting America first, and protecting American jobs,” Collins said. “Today’s letter highlights how vital the U.S. dairy industry is to Western New York and dairy producing regions across the country. The U.S. dairy industry supports billions of dollars in exports and hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

“Unfortunately, due to unfair competitive practices by Canada, we must take action to ensure our dairy products will be able to compete on a level playing field. I am glad President Trump has recognized how important this issue is to hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans, and I will continue working with my colleagues to protect the U.S. dairy industry.”

The letter which 68 lawmakers signed on to was also co-led by Representatives Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Ron Kind (WI-03), Sean Duffy (WI-07), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Peter Welch (VT-AL).

The letter details Canadian trade practices that “may violate Canada’s existing trade commitments to the United States by effectively discouraging U.S. dairy exports to Canada.” It also reinforces that “our districts and states rely on the jobs the dairy industry provides and cannot afford further protectionist policies from our northern neighbor.”

Full text of the letter along with signatories can be seen here and full text can be read below.

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Cuomo calls on POTUS to fight Canadian dairy pricing; Trump vows action –



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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is once again targeting Canadian dairy pricing programs that he and other lawmakers say hurt dairy farmers in New York.

The governor recently joined Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in writing a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to take action against Canada for its dairy pricing program, which limits the amount of dairy products exported across the northern border.

The specific program in question is the National Ingredients Strategy, a type of pricing program that gives incentives for Canadian dairy processors that steer away from purchasing dairy products produced in the United States.

The program, which works similarly to the Class 6 pricing program set forth by Ontario, restricts the exportation of ultra-filtered milk — a protein-rich ingredient used in yogurt and cheese production.

Dairy farms throughout New York state rely heavily on exporting this product, and they could be faced with millions of dollars in losses.

“New York’s dairy farms are essential to the strength of our agricultural economy, and these regulations are already having a devastating effect on our dairy farmers and their families,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “With our growing concern that even more of our milk producers and our processors will be affected, I urge the federal government to call on Canada to reconsider these harmful regulations and continue our courteous, mutually beneficial trade relations.”

Last year, Gov. Cuomo wrote a letter advising Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to adjust the policies so dairy farmers in the United States are not harmed.

During a visit to Wisconsin Tuesday, Mr. Trump said that he will demand an explanation from the Canadian government for having the pricing programs.

“We’re also going to stand up for our dairy farmers,” Mr. Trump said. “Because in Canada some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others.”

He also threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement if no action is taken to correct the problem.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that he would stand by Mr. Trump in working to change Canada’s policies. The senator has repeatedly denounced the programs since last year, having called on former President Barack Obama to take action.

“I look forward to working with the Administration to pressure and persuade the Canadians to reverse this unwise policy, which is a violation of our agreements,” Sen. Schumer said in a statement. “When we renegotiate NAFTA, an agreement I opposed, we should make topic #1 enforcing existing trade commitments‎ to reverse these restrictive dairy pricing policies.”

In response to this push, Canadian farm groups, such as Dairy Farmers of Canada, have argued that programs like Class 6 are domestic policies that help the Canadian market adapt to changes within its borders and are not meant to restrict American exports.

Farm groups have also noted that this programs help manage milk supplies at a time when dairy markets in the United States and beyond are “over-saturated,” leading to low milk prices, financial instability and the dumping of millions of gallons of milk.

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Africa: Do Dairy Products Increase Your Risk of Cancer? –


Could dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt increase your risk of cancer? We put this alarming assertion under the microscope.

Dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese “are bad for you”, stated a March article in the wellness section of a South African trade union’s website.

The Solidarity piece listed 5 “shocking” reasons why, including that it weakens your bones and induces moodiness.

A reader suggested Africa Check look into these claims. To decide on one, we put them to the vote – and our readers picked the claim that dairy products “could increase your risk of cancer”.

3 sources cited specifically referred to cancer

While saying that the link between dairy and cancer is “not conclusive”, the Solidarity article claimed that a Harvard study of 100,000 women between 26 and 46 showed those “with the highest intake of meat and dairy products ran the highest risk of breast cancer”.

Three further sources Solidarity cited specifically referred to cancer.

One, an article on women-focused US publication, referred to the same Harvard study. It also mentioned a more recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer, in which 22,788 lactose-intolerant participants from Sweden were followed. The results reportedly showed that “low consumption of milk and other dairy products is linked with decreased risks of lung, breast and ovarian cancers”.

A second reference was to a 2004 study, titled “Does diet affect breast cancer risk?”. Published in the Breast Cancer Research journal, it reviewed several studies to check for a relationship between dietary risk factors and breast cancer.

Lastly, Solidarity referenced a blog entry by high-profile American family physician Mark Hyman, which stated that higher intakes of calcium and dairy products may raise the risk of prostate cancer by “30-50%”.

High-fat dairy foods linked to higher breast cancer risk

The “Harvard study” Solidarity most prominently mentioned was published in July 2003. It looked at the relation between dietary fat intake and breast cancer risk among 90,655 women who haven’t yet reached menopause.

The study concluded that the “intake of animal fat, mainly from red meat and high-fat dairy foods, during premenopausal years is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer”.

One of the study’s researchers while at Harvard University, Professor Eunyoung Cho, is now at Brown University. She told Africa Check that sweeping statements should not be made about this study.

“My paper only found an association with high-fat dairy foods,” Eunyoung, who focuses on the role of diet and nutrition in the development of chronic diseases, said. “I wouldn’t generalise the finding to all of dairy products or milk.”

The researchers have submitted a manuscript with more up to date data on the topic, she added, but it is yet to be published.

The study of 22,788 lactose intolerant Swedes did find that people who used little dairy in their diet had a decreased risk of lung, breast and ovarian cancer.

But this does not mean that the converse – higher intake of dairy products means a higher risk of these cancers – is true. This Dr Jianguang Ji, who focuses on medical epidemiology at the Center for Primary Health Care Research at Sweden’s Lund University, told Africa Check.

“We cannot draw such conclusion based only on this study,” said Jianguang, one of the study’s researchers, adding that more research into any links is required.

Milk is ‘very complicated’

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The claim that milk increases the risk of breast cancer is unproven, a co-author of the 2003 Harvard study as well as the Breast Cancer Research journal study, Walter Willett, told Africa Check. Willett is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University.

“Milk is very complicated with benefits and risk. The evidence on breast cancer is still mixed,” he said. Willett mentioned studies that showed an increase in the risk of prostate cancer and to a lesser extent, uterine cancer.

However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer told Africa Check that the evidence from some prostate cancer studies is quite weak and more research is required to arrive at a more definitive conclusion. As for other cancers, dairy products and high calcium diets are related to a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Based on published scientific evidence, there is no proven link between dairy products and breast cancer, Dr Marc Gunter, who heads the nutrition and metabolism section at the agency, told Africa Check.

“If anything there is some data from epidemiological studies suggesting that the consumption of dairy products and diets rich in calcium might be protective against breast cancer,” he said. Again, further research is needed.

Conclusion: More research on dairy’s link to cancer needed

South African trade union Solidarity published what it said were shocking reasons why people should skip the dairy product aisle at the supermarket.

One reason given was that these products could increase the risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer. But researchers of the studies quoted or linked to said their findings did not support this conclusion.

Though other studies have pointed to an increased risk of prostate cancer, more research is required to definitely say so. On the other hand, taking in dairy products and lots of calcium are related to a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Given the lack of conclusive proof, we rate this claim unproven.

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DailyTimes | Pakistan can earn over $30b from exports of dairy … – Daily Times

KARACHI: There is sheer possibility for Pakistan to earn over $30 billion from exports of the dairy products on more than one count, sector people remarked.

Pakistan has an edge over Brazil to export its milk in the international market at a much lower price. Iran, China, Malaysia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India are budding destinations where the country’s produce can make powerful inroads, they opined.

The milk produced in Pakistan is considered to be one of the best in the international market. More than 6 billion people use milk and milk products worldwide and production stands around 864 million tonnes.

The leaders witnessed an increase in production during 2016-2017 is United States, China, Pakistan and Brazil.

A number of foreign company manufacturers or on terms of joint ventures with local stakeholders are functioning in Pakistani.

There is also a need that government authorities should provide taxation and other incentives for exports besides the environment for milk production and processing should also be conducive.

Being the third largest producer of milk in the world, Pakistan’s dairy industry produces more than 46 million tonnes of milk annually in both loose as well as Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) form, pasteurized, powdered and condensed milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, cream and butter oil.

In the country, with the growing consumption of milk, new dairy plants are being installed through joint ventures with non-government organizations. More than 45 milk processing units are producing packed milk.

This sector accounts for nearly more than 11 percent of the gross domestic products. In recent years, net foreign exchange earnings from the livestock sector was nearly Rs 52 billion, which accounted for 11.8 percent of the overall export earnings.

There is a need to formulate livestock farming on the latest technology as more than 60 percent is not being doing so on a scientifically level.

The need of the hour is to put in place concrete policies for enhancing competitiveness and export potential in livestock and dairy products, and to provide benefits to the industry that will encourage growth.

The processed milk prices are continuing to go up and similarly, the price of fresh milk is also on rise.

It is said that monthly household expenditure on milk is nearly 23 percent, far more than on flour that stands 13.

Thus price hike has an adverse effect on exports as production companies come under distress to offer competitive pricing to buyers abroad.

Efforts at the government level should also be accelerated by making better policies in order to bring the diary sector in line with the dairy sector of Australia and New Zealand.

Extension support to the local industry by implementing exporter and investor-friendly policies, initiatives are imperative at a government level.

In the United States, Canada and United Kingdom milk has remained a subsidized consumers’ commodity but in Pakistan absence of this facility is one of the reason for higher consumer prices of all sort of milk.

However, despite growth and being one of the world’s largest producers of milk Pakistan is still a net importer of dairy products.

Members of the Pakistan Dairy Association said that with the right support, Pakistan can be an exporter of milk and dairy products, and a major player in the global dairy industry.

Only more than 8 percent of milk currently sold is packaged and with an overall rise in inflation undue taxation on produce from farm to production industry should be rationalised or withdrawn.

Domestic and foreign investment in dairy farms and the dairy processing sector in Pakistan amount to more than $870 million over the last five years.

There are 9 million people associated with the dairy industry in Pakistan and working together with the private sector, the government can play an important role in enabling dairy industry to reach its maximum potential.

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Roha launches Natracol Ultra Cran Red as an alternative to carmine in dairy products –

Roha says the colorant is a natural replacement for the commonly-used ingredient carmine.

Applicable to dairy

The company said Roha Natracol Ultra Cran Red is applicable to dairy products as it readily disperses in dairy liquids to produce a ‘vibrant shade’ and has the ability to provide various shades of red from light pink to orange to red.

It added that Natracol Ultra Cran Red is a suitable replacement for FD&C Red 40 for ice creams and frozen desserts.

The product also works effectively with a variable range of pH and is more cost effective than lycopene, it said.

UPR is also highly stable to exposure to light and disperses effectively in milk giving a range of stable coloring. Unlike carmine, it is Halal and Kosher certified in all countries.

Product advantages

Roha managing director Brijesh Tibrewala said Roha Dyechem has consistently endeavored to create innovative products for the food coloring industry.

“With the launch of Natracol Ultra Cran Red, Roha has tried and created an awareness that natural colors can be taken to a customized and sustainable level and can be effectively used for frozen desserts and dairy products for its various advantages over the existing options,” Tibrewala said.

Vice president of global colour application and R&D, Byron Madkins, said most red colorants are based on carmine, which as a food ingredient is “causing a fair bit of discomfort to the sensibilities of consumers and is facing regulatory and consumer concerns.

“Also due to the almost neutral pH of milk, most natural colors either provide shades of red tilting more towards bluish red and purple or have stability issues towards pH, heat and light,” Madkins said.

Global company

Roha is headquartered in the Roha district of Maharashtra in India.

It has a global staff of more than 1,000, and 13 manufacturing plants in the US, UK, Spain, South Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Egypt, Brazil, Australia and Mexico, as well as application support laboratories and 23 offices. 

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7 Ways Milk & Dairy Products Are Making You Sick – Collective Evolution

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Remember those milk commercials you used to see as a kid, claiming that milk “does the body good”? It turns out that might not be true at all. In fact, it could be the complete opposite. New evidence continues to emerge suggesting that drinking milk from a cow is not really natural, and not really good nor necessary for us at all. It’s not a coincidence that approximately 65 to 75 percent of the total human population on our planet have a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. In some countries, more than 90 percent of the adult population is lactose intolerant.

It makes sense if you think about it, because every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives. This is because they don’t have the enzyme to break down sugar in milk. In this video, Katherine S. Pollard, PhD., from the University of California shares how during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactose gene, and that these are the mutations that allow us to process lactose as adults. We weren’t born with this gene, we had to develop it.

Not only that, the animal industry alone kills billions of animals every single year, and that’s just in America alone. Factory farming is causing extreme environmental degradation and excess of greenhouses gases. Another factor to consider is animal cruelty. This is a great little video done by done by Erin Janus, an animal and environmental activist who is raising awareness about multiple issues. In her video she brings up some great points about the modern day dairy industry.

Below is a list put together by Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD, a practicing physician in Houston, Texas. I added some more information under some of the points, but the idea and a large portion of the information comes from her post over at, (I am just relaying the information).

She was also biochemistry professor at the University of Guadalajara’s School of Medicine in Mexico, and is also the co-founder of Meat Your Future, an educational non-profit that provides fact-based information about the health, environmental, and ethical implications of consuming animal products. Visit for more from Dr. Pineda Ochoa.

View all contributions by Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD for forks over knives at this link.

7 Ways Milk & Dairy Products Are Making You Sick

1. It Seems Ironic, But Diary Can Lead To Bone Problems Too

Dairy is commonly marketed as being good for our bones, but that’s primarily due to the fact that it contains calcium. This is absurd. One serving of raw kale, for example, is loaded with calcium. So much so that a 3.5 g cup of kale salad provides more calcium than one cup of milk.

“Not only has the body of scientific evidence been found inadequate to support the idea that dairy consumption promotes bone health, but numerous large-scale studies have found that consuming dairy may actually be detrimental to bone health. In fact, there is substantial data linking higher milk intake with significantly increased risk of bone fractures.” – Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD

Some of these studies include:

Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies

Dairy Foods and Bone Health: Examination of the Evidence

The Nutrition Source – Calcium and Milk: What’s Best for Your Bones and Health?

Milk Consumption During Teenage Years and Risk of Hip Fractures in Older Adults

Why is it that countries with the highest daily milk intake have the highest rates of hip fractures, a key indicator of osteoporosis, and countries where the average daily calcium intake is extremely low, have a very low incidence of bone fractures? This is also discussed in the studies above.

When it comes to protein found in dairy, it also creates a very acidic environment in the body, causing what’s known as metabolic acidosis. This forces the body to compensate by leaching calcium from the bones to help neutralize the increased acidity. Over time, all of this can have severe and detrimental effects on bone health.

2. Casein From Dairy = Increased Risk of Cancer Development

Casein is the main protein found in dairy, and it’s what causes metabolic acidosis, as mentioned in the above paragraph. Studies have shown that it facilitates the growth and development of cancer. Some studies have even found that cancer development could be controlled more by casein levels in diet than by exposure to the underlying carcinogen. (source)

1GF-1, a hormone that promotes cell division in cancer cells, goes up when you consume animal protein. This is why some scientists are seeking FDA approval for fasting as a potential treatment for cancer, because caloric restriction and fasting, combined with a plant based diet, significantly lowers IG1 growth hormone levels in the body. (source)(source)(source)

One of the most comprehensive studies ever performed on this subject is “The China Study,” conducted by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas Campbell. Their findings showed direct correlations between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, proving that cultures that eat primarily plant-based diets have lower to no instances of these diseases, and that switching to a plant-based diet can successfully reverse diseases already established in the body.

In the video below he touches on Casein.

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3. Dairy Products Accumulate Pesticides In High Concentrations

Pesticides in dairy are actually a big problem, and have been for a while. For example, not long ago a team of researchers in Hawaii tracked 450 men, which revealed a strong association between heptachlor (insecticide) and brain damage leading to Parkinson’s. Very high levels of the insecticide were found in milk in Hawaii during the 80’s.

A team of researchers focused on an environmental scandal in Hawaii to study the association between the pesticide and Parkinson’s: In 1982, tests showed Hawaii’s milk supplies had abnormally high levels of heptachlor epoxide, an organochlorine pesticide commonly used on pineapples.

The study showed that heptachlor causes the loss of brain-cells, especially among heavy milk drinkers. Residues of heptachlor were found in 90 percent of brains compared to 63 percent of those who consumed no milk. You can read more about that here.

The study showed that milk intake is associated with SN neuron loss in the brain, a hallmark of Parkinson’s.

Diary products actually have a greater capacity to accumulate pesticides in higher concentrations; this is because of their fat content.(source)(source)(source)

“Even pesticides that have long been banned still show up when dairy products are tested. Some OCPs (like DDT, which was widely used in the past and now banned as a human carcinogen) still persist in the environment and can more easily accumulate in animal food products, including diary.” – Sofia Pineda Ochoa

In India, dairy products have been a major source of DDT and hexac hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) (source), and milk from dairy farms in Italy’s Sacco River Valley have been tested, showing very high levels of HCH, twenty times more than the legal limit. (source)

4. It Contains Hormones, Yes, Even if it’s Organic

Dairy is a huge source of female hormone exposure. Commercial cow’s milk contains huge amounts of progesterone and estrogen, which is concerning. Another major concern is the fact that cows are being genetically altered to continuously produce milk, even throughout their multiple pregnancies. (source)(source)(source)

Milk products labeled “organic” or “no hormones added” still have high levels of these harmful antibiotics, which are naturally produced by cows (even if those cows have not been given any additional hormones for purposes of the product label).

  • In both adults and children, milk consumption has resulted in markedly increased levels of estradiol and progesterone in blood and urine, and dairy consumption in general has been associated with increased levels of circulating estradiol.
  • The data show that men who drink milk will absorb the estrogens in the milk, which has been found to result in significantly decreased testosterone production/levels.
  • Pediatricians have expressed concern regarding childhood exposure to the exogenous estrogens in commercial milk, given studies showing that early sexual maturation in prepubescent children can be caused by the “ordinary intake of cow milk.”
  • An array of multi-centered, peer-reviewed studies has shown that dairy consumption is one of the most concerning and consistent risk factors for hormone-dependent malignant diseases, including ovarian, uterine, breast, testicular and prostate cancers.

See additional sources and information at the bottom of this article.

5.  Increased Exposure to Antibiotic Residue

The largest use of antibiotics worldwide is for livestock. (source) Much of that use is for non-therapeutic purposes, such as infection prevention and to promote feed efficiency and animal growth. (source)

Apart from the dire warnings from scientists that agricultural overuse is leading to antibiotic resistance, another problem is that antibiotic residues persist in milk and other dairy products despite protocols aimed to minimize this. (source)

It is difficult to prevent and control these antibiotic residues because milk from individual cows and farms is usually pooled together, and the administration, handling and record-keeping of animal drug use can vary significantly from one dairy operation to another. (source)

The resulting low-dose antibiotic exposure can lead to a variety of problems, from developing antibiotic resistance to allergic reactions to experiencing side-effects of the medication to which a person is exposed.

6. Even Pasteurized Milk Contains Microorganisms

Milk and other dairy products are important vehicles for foodborne pathogens due to a variety of microorganisms they harbor (source). Even with modern sanitation requirements, including pasteurization and curing, outbreaks still occur, resulting in severe and sometimes even fatal outcomes.

Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli are some of the more common foodborne outbreaks associated with dairy. Just last year, for example, three people tragically died from Listeria infections linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream (prompting a large-scale recall by Blue Bell Creameries). (source)

Not even our food regulatory agencies expect milk will be sterile after pasteurization; the heating process is done merely to reduce (not eliminate) the amount of microorganisms.

7. Higher Risk of Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis

Our immune system normally protects us from microbes and other harmful substances. But if it loses its ability to recognize and distinguish harmful substances from normal tissues and cells, it can instead mount attacks against our own bodies.

These “auto-attacks” can be triggered by exposure to foreign peptides (including animal protein fragments found in dairy), which have similarities to components in the human body. This can result in our immune system becoming “confused” and misidentifying tissues in our body as “foreign” and thus in need of being attacked and destroyed.

Dairy is associated with an increased risk of several immune-related disorders (from allergic conditions to autoimmune diseases), many being life-changing and difficult to treat. The associations with type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis are particularly concerning:

  • Type 1 Diabetes. In type 1 diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), the immune system attacks the pancreas, resulting in the body no longer being able to produce insulin to regulate glucose. Multiple large-scale studies have identified an association between cow’s milk consumption and increased prevalence of type 1 diabetes. One such study found that “cows’ milk may contain a triggering factor for the development of IDDM,” and another found that “[e]arly cow’s milk exposure may be an important determinant of subsequent type 1 diabetes and may increase the risk approximately 1.5 times.” (source)
  • Multiple Sclerosis. In multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system attacks the insulating sheath of our own nervous system, resulting in a variety of difficult-to-treat and unpredictable neurologic problems. As with type 1 diabetes, numerous studies have reported that cow’s milk consumption may be a significant risk factor for developing MS.(source)(source)(source)

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Workshop on Milk Quality and Dairy Products Set for June 25 – Lancaster Farming

Kerry E. Kaylegian, a Penn State dairy foods research and Extension associate, will present a workshop on the impact of production practices on raw milk quality and finished dairy products, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

The workshop is a special program preceding the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association. It is open to all dairy producers and processors who want to understand how farming practices affect the quality of dairy products and learn strategies to improve dairy product quality.

Topics will include milk component quality and variation, iron and copper in farm and plant water and their impact of milk flavor, effect of raw milk microbial quality on the quality of cheese and dairy products, effect of feed source on the quality of cheese and dairy products, best milking practices for high quality milk, and milk quality and safety from udder to tank.

The cost is $75, which includes lunch. To register, visit or call 217- 356-9050.

For more information about the annual meeting and the programs associated with it, visit or contact Kaylegian at or 814-867-1379.

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January Dairy Product Report – AgNet West

Dairy Product
January 2017 Highlights

Total cheese output (excluding cottage cheese) was 1.04 billion pounds, 3.7 percent above January 2016 but 1.2 percent below December 2016.

Italian type cheese production totaled 452 million pounds, 3.8 percent above January 2016 but 1.5 percent below December 2016.

American type cheese production totaled 413 million pounds, 3.0 percent above January 2016 but 1.2 percent below December 2016.

Butter production was 178 million pounds, 1.2 percent above January 2016 and 8.5 percent above December 2016.

Dry milk powders (comparisons with January 2016)Nonfat dry milk, human – 155 million pounds, up 13.1 percent.Skim milk powders – 50.5 million pounds, down 1.4 percent.

Whey products (comparisons with January 2016)Dry whey, total – 82.2 million pounds, down 1.3 percent. Lactose, human and animal – 92.2 million pounds, up 9.0 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total – 40.0 million pounds, up 2.6 percent.

Frozen products (comparisons with January 2016) Ice cream, regular (hard) – 56.6 million gallons, down 0.8 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) – 29.5 million gallons, up 14.7 percent. Sherbet (hard) – 3.14 million gallons, up 27.4 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) – 4.24 million gallons, up 2.7 percent.

Read the full dairy products report.

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Plain Talk: Fake 'dairy' products should come up with their own names –

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Plain Talk: Fake 'dairy' products should come up with their own names
Tammy Baldwin is taking on some other fake dairy products. Our senator is pushing what she calls the "Dairy Pride Act," legislation aimed at compelling the Food and Drug Administration to prevent the makers of products like soy and almond "milk" from …
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