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Turning cows into milking machines takes its toll on their health, and ours

From a post by “guest blogger” on “CrazySexLife.com” titled “Pus in Milk”:

“In NutritionFacts.org‘s video-of-the-day today, I note that the antiseptics used to disinfect cow teats can provide a source of iodine, but have been found to boost the level of pus in the milk of cows with staph-infected udders. Today’s dairy cows endure annual cycles of artificial insemination, pregnancy and birth, and mechanized milking for 10 out of 12 months of the year (including seven months of their 9-month pregnancies). This excessive metabolic drainoverburdens the cows, who are considered “productive” for only two years and are slaughtered for hamburger when their profitability drops, typically around their fourth birthday – a small fraction of their natural lifespan.

Turning dairy cows into milk machines has led to epidemics of so-called “production-related diseases,” such as lameness and mastitis (udder infections), the two leading causes of dairy cow mortality in the United States. We all remember the Humane Society of the United Statesinvestigation showing sick and crippled dairy cows being beaten and dragged into the California dairy cow slaughter plant en route to the national school lunch program, triggering the largest meat recall in history. That loss of body condition is a result of the extreme genetic manipulation for unnaturally high milk yields. Continue reading

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Standard milk-testing protocol on Fraser-Valley dairy farms in B.C.

Gordon Watson has passed along this letter he received from someone who’s experienced first-hand the standard milk-testing protocol that’s followed with regular commercial dairy farms in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia — which is where Home on the Range cowshare is located.

Milk trucker takes a sample for testing and stores it on ice until he can get it to the lab. Lego photo.

This letter is significant in view of the controversy over non-standard testing practices that seem to have been used by health officials to evaluate milk from “Home on the Range” cowshare. Here’s what he says:

“I  can tell you what my experience has been  with high bacterial count. First of all when I was herdsman for (name removed) farms. We were in the top three herds in B.C for low somatic milk count. Regarding the testing on milk pick up day (every two days) the milk truck driver would take a sample and immediately put it in a cooler with ice. Continue reading

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