Dairy Today eUpdate survey results

July 20, 2008 07:00 PM

Are you concerned about the loss of milk production-enhancing technologies?

Yes, this is a disturbing trend considering increasing global demand for food. However, I think the pendulum will eventually swing the other way when it becomes apparent that we will need these technologies to meet that demand. --Nutritionist, ID
Yes. We are also very concerned about losing the ability to raise and care for our animals as we see fit.-- 100 head MD
Of course! Trying to produce milk without proven technologies is like trying to send an e-mail without a computer. If the world wants to be fed we need to be able to use crops that are pest resistant and water wise; people who want to buy local need to know that local means using technologies that allow more production per unit. It drives me nuts to see the milk trail for different "classes" of milk and how far they must travel for processing and then again for sale. -- 2,400 head in UT
I am more concerned that consumption may drop because of lack of confidence in the safety of dairy products . All technologies are not as beneficial as some would like us to believe , including bst use . I would rather keep a cow around for eight to twelve years than see them have to be slaughtered at sixty eight months. -- 45 head in NY 
Yes, very concerned --200 head in NY
Yes. I believe our industry needs to educate our consumers on how their food is produced. We all need to be concerned that these technologies are being restricted by the consumer market - especially when their concerns are being based on misinformation. We all take for granted our connection to the land and animals. For the majority of our population, they now do not have any connection any longer. -- 170 head in WI
This taking away of proven technologies just puts us back at least ten years in production per cow or overall efficiencies. -- 600 head in WA
No --- I think bst has been bad for the dairy industry causing less consumption because people think we are putting something in the milk. You are never going to change their ideas about this. -- 325 head in ID

Yes, once you loose one technology what is next. I don't believe it is the majority of consumers driving this problem rather it's a marketing plan of retailers requiring processors to require it by the producers. 110 head in OH
Yes, if they are an approved technique, the dairy producer should be the one to make the decision on use. -- 500 head in NY

No. I have dug deeply into the research on BST, it is very flawed. Using 'FDA approved' is not a convincing argument, the FDA has messed up too many times to count. --85 head in MN

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