Veterinarians: Resources for Dairy Facilities

The dairy cattle industry has undergone dramatic changes in the last two decades. Some of these changes have included declining operation numbers, increasing herd sizes, an increase of milk production per cow, and farm specialization. This variation in economic base and production style does not end with the number of cattle raised on farm. When designing a biological risk management plan for dairies, one size does not fit all.

Importance of Dairy BRM

  • Milk supplies 73% of the calcium to the U.S. food supply
  • According to NAHMS, total milk production in 2001 was 165 billion
    pounds of milk
  • As people move farther away from the farm and their food source, dairy producers have to become better promoters of their quality product

BRM is designed to help establish a comfort level in evaluating risk for dairy farms.