Environmental Changes Increase Productions

A U.S. study shows dairy genetics, herd management, nutrition and animal welfare improvements have streamlined the milk production system.
Cornell University researchers found that the dairy industry has a much smaller carbon footprint than it did in the mid-20th century.
“A U.S. and global populations continue to increase, it is critical to adopt management practices and technologies to produce sufficient high-quality food from a finite resource supply, while minimizing effects up on the environment,” Jude Capper, the study’s author, said.
In 2007 the carbon footprint was only 37 percent than that of 1944. It also shows that the U.S. dairy industry produced 186 billion pounds of milk from 9.2 million cows in 2007 over the 117 billion pounds of milk from 25.6 million cows in 1944.
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