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Wisconsin Cows are Happier

Wisconsin Cows are Happier

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  1. Wisconsin Cows are Happier Cows don’t surf so why would they care to live in California?

  2. Concentration of Herds – Where’s the Beef?!

  3. How much milk could a milk cow drink, if a milk cow could drink milk? • Wisconsin • 1,249,000 • 1,545 • 45% • 19% • 1,998,000,000 Lbs. • California • 1,829,000 • 1,810 • .5% • 88% • 3,415,000,000 Lbs. Total # Lbs./Cow Herd size per farm <100 >499 Total Annual Production 2007 USDA

  4. Number of Cows per Farm

  5. Farm Conditions - California

  6. Farm Conditions - California • Usually very crowded • Larger “feedlot” type setup with little to no shelter • Short lifespan ~4 Yrs • No real grass pasture land • Mostly processed feed • Contents: • Grains and grain by-products (corn, rice, soybean, oats, etc.) • Plastics • Drugs – hormones/antibiotics • Animal feed legally can contain rendered road kill, dead horses, and euthanized cats and dogs. • Same species meat banned for cows after mad cow deal • Poultry litter – may contain bits of real cow – mmmmm….Beefy • Milking conditions

  7. Farm Conditions - Wisconsin • Smaller, less crowded • Large open pastures and fields • Full of grass, hay, alfalfa • Small portions of grains during winter months • Barn facilities

  8. Hormones • Use of rGBH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) • Bovine somatotropin • Increases production 11-16% • Increased risk of mastitis (25%) • Reduced fertility (40%) • Lameness (55%) • Said to not effect humans

  9. Happy Cows = Happy Food • Cheese • Milk • Iced Cream • Yogurts • Butter • Cream Products • Casein

  10. CHEESE

  11. Cheese • Nearly 1,200 makers • Over 600 Varieties • 52 Master Makers • Only state with any

  12. References • Changes in the Size and Location of U.S. Dairy Farms, USDA Economic Research Service, http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/430528/err47b_1_.pdf • USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Milk Production, 2007, http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/nass/MilkProd//2000s/2007/MilkProd-12-18-2007.pdf • 2012 Dairy Data, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, http://media.eatwisconsincheese.com/assets/images/pdf/WisconsinDairyData.pdf • 2010 Mid Year Report, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Dairy Marketing Branch. • 2007 Census Volume 1, Chapter 1: State Level Data, USDA NASS, http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Wisconsin/http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/California/ • Union of Concerned Scientists, What the Eat, http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture/they-eat-what-the-reality-of.html • Dohoo, IR; Leslie, K; Descôteaux, L; Fredeen, A; Dowling, P; Preston, A; Shewfelt, W (2003). "A meta-analysis review of the effects of recombinant bovine somatotropin. 1. Methodology and effects on production". Canadian journal of veterinary research67 (4): 241–51 • Wisconsin Cheese Marketing Board, http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/wisconsin/default.aspx