March 15, 2014 |
FALLON, Nev. - The dairy plant with its tangle of stainless steel pipes rises out of the parched landscape here like a beckoning oasis. Perched on the outskirts of this desert town dotted with small churches and roadside casinos, the factory represents a potential lifeline for nearly two dozen nearby dairy farmers. In a few weeks, every drop of milk collected from the surrounding farms will be brought to the plant and converted into fine powder inside a towering heating chamber specially made for the $85-million facility.
February 19, 2014 |
An Idaho dairy responded Wednesday to an animal rights group's latest video showing the abuse of cows, saying the renewed attention is likely to spur more threats to its staff. "We are the ones who will pay for what happens to our animals," family-owned Bettencourt Dairies said in a statement. "Yet the things in this world that take place every day, who will stop that, the bullying of our child when he steps foot in the public school, he had nothing to do with this. " Mercy for Animals on Tuesday released a clip from 2012 of a worker, who was eventually sentenced to jail, sexually abusing a cow. The video is being used to help fight legislation in Idaho that would punish people who go undercover to film at farms.
February 13, 2014 |
Four dairy workers at a Wisconsin farm linked to Nestle were charged with animal cruelty after being caught on hidden camera beating, whipping and cutting animals. Abelardo Jaimes, Crescencio Pineda, Lucia Martinez and Misael Monge-Minero were charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty. The workers belonged to Wiese Brothers Farms in Greenleaf - a dairy that supplied a cooperative named Foremost Farms. Foremost Farms is a cheese supplier to Nestle's pizza division, which makes the DiGiorno brand.
December 12, 2013 |
Maybe cheap food is more expensive than we think. Capital Press, an agriculture publication that covers the Western United States, reports that the use of rBST, a synthetic hormone that boosts milk production, is plummeting among U.S. dairy operations. And the reason is surprising: It's all about economics. More than two-thirds of the American dairies that at some point used rBST have stopped, according to a study by a University of Alberta researcher. Among large dairies, use dropped from 44% in 2005 to 16% in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
STEVINSON, Calif. - A leggy bridesmaid smoothed her Grecian-pleated dress and stuffed lipstick and two cigars into her cowboy boots. Over by the horses, the best man slipped a flask out of his vest and offered a mare a sip. The preacher was late, but everything else was on schedule for the sunset wedding at the Double T. The cows had been herded from the pasture to make room for cars, and the barn was hung with white lights and Mason jars....
July 11, 2013 |
A fight over California's arcane milk-pricing system, which determines how much dairy farmers are paid for milk and other products, has spilled over into the federal farm bill and the state Legislature. On one side are farmers, who have been struggling in recent years with high feed and other costs. On the other are processors, who don't want to pay more for raw materials. The problem, farmers say, lies with the state's milk-pricing system, in place since the 1930s as a way to control market volatility.