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Getting More Technical with Milk

Touch the Soil News #1150 (Feature photo – A Holstein Milking Cow – USDA)

Milk is a big thing in America. Per capita consumption in the U.S. every year is approximately 20 gallons of fluid milk, 33 pounds of cheese and 6 pounds of butter. Technology in the dairy business affects everyone.

A dairy farmer is faced with big challenges. Every cow must have a calf every 12.5 months (so the cow will give milk) and stay healthy – despite the tremendous strain of giving maximum milk and being pregnant at the same time most of their lives. In the U.S., thousands of dairies have met with financial demise when herd health issues came up in the milking herd that might have been prevented with earlier detection. The cost of fixing a major disruption in the reproductive and milking cycles in a herd can quickly deplete the finances of a dairy.

A new company called SomaDetect now offers real-time measurement and data on the reproductive health of cows and their health overall. If cows are not giving milk and are not healthy, the dairy is out of business in short order. In the U.S., thousands of dairies have met with financial demise when their health issues came up in the milking herd that might have been prevented with earlier detection.

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