New research brings us proof that prehistoric humans not only drank cow's milk, but processed it into yogurt, butter and cheese. Scientists believe this may have been when lactose-intolerance in humans began to decline.
By analyzing pottery fragments, Dunne and her colleagues have now shown that these early herders were not only milking their livestock, but also processing that milk into products like yogurt, cheese and butter.
"The most exciting thing about this is that milk is one of the only foodstuffs that gives us carbohydrates, protein and fat," all in one substance, Dunne told LiveScience. "So it was incredibly beneficial for prehistoric people to use milk."
A new update on the 2012 Farm Bill: read about the amendment that just passed and the possibility of the Dairy Security Act, a reform that would help dairy farmers in a pinch.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to 2012 Farm Bill that sets up a process for amending the federal milk marketing order system. The amendment passed by a vote of 66-33.
Specifically, the amendment would allow dairy industry groups to present milk-pricing reforms to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for consideration in a public hearing setting, and order the Secretary of Agriculture to release the Department’s final proposal to Congress.
Pacific free trade countries are eying Canada's dairy and poultry goods. While our northern neighbors have yet to make a decision, the pressure is on.
The United States, Australia and New Zealand are demanding unfettered access to Canada’s highly protected dairy and poultry markets a day after inviting Ottawa to join them in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks.
Their demands to tear down agricultural trade barriers mean Canada’s supply management system will be in the cross hairs in the TPP talks.
This recipe might be simple, but we're betting it's just as delicious. Really, how could you go wrong with garlic bread, cheese, and bacon?
This Garlic Cheese Bread With Bacon is a comforting and delicious snack. You have the flexibility to substitute the cheese used in this recipe with your favorite as well. It's a tasty and filling treat, another perfect after school snacks for the kids.
Photo by seasaltwithfood.com
Bill Siebenborn is calling for federal reform in view of the recent hardships some Missouri dairy farmers have experienced. Siebenborn is endorsing the Peterson-Simpson bill, which is an insurance policy for farmers. It's a safety net that only comes into action when money is scarce. The bill is still new, so who knows where it's going, but we'll post updates if we hear anything.
Nobody ever said farming was easy. But for Missouri’s struggling dairy farmers, the last few years have been particularly tough.
The recession of 2008-2009 caused farm milk prices to plummet just as costs for livestock feed spiked. That wiped out our profit margin, creating a desperate struggle just to stay afloat.
These shrimp tacos are easy to make, and oh-so-tasty. Developed by the chefs at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, these tacos involve minimal stove time, making them a great hot weather choice.
New research shows that mama goats don't forget their kid's voices even after a year of separation. Who knew that goats had such a finely tuned sense of who's who in the herd? Then again, if a human mother forgot what her own kid sounded like we'd probably be appalled. Live Science has the story:
Goats are social creatures, Briefer told LiveScience. In the wild, they live in groups, segregating by sex in the day and coming together as a whole herd at night. Female goats probably stick close by moms their whole lives in the wild, so recognizing each other's voices is likely important, Briefer said. Knowing her son's call may also help prevent a mother goat from accidentally mating with him, she said.
The state of New York showed their support for their dairy industry on June 18th. Many politicians and important figures came to speak, including Ken Blankenbush, an assemblyman who stated his support for creating a "bill of rights" for dairy farmers. The proposed bill has been in the works for years, and we're interested to see where it goes from here.
Assembly bill 3675, sponsored by Assemblyman Gary D. Finch, R-Springport, would prevent milk dealers from using tactics like coercion or bribery to prevent dairy farmers from joining into an association or cooperative with other milk producers. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee, of which Blankenbush and Finch are members. Versions of the bill have been introduced since 2000.
Goat-lovers in Portland are showing their support by touring urban farms. Lately, these cute animals have been growing in popularity, kept as pets, and for their milk and their weed-controlling appetites.
Make sure to check out the video from NWCN, too:
First came the chicken, then came the goat.
Folks interested in urban goats pedaled through the streets of Northeast Portland Monday. They toured four locations to see inner-city goats up close.
These New Zealand dairy farmers, who started their own operation, wanted to do things a bit differently. The Sproulls use no chemicals, growth hormones, or antibiotics on their cows. Their comparatively small farm is kept alive by customers through word-of-mouth, and their animals are healthy and happy.
Daniel and Jenny Sproull see themselves as conventional - farming the way it was before all the chemicals were introduced.
They are passionate about producing high-quality milk the way it's meant to be and hope people will always have the right to choose to buy it before it gets "homogenised, pasteurised and buggerised", says Mr Sproull, laughing.