Oh, Pinterest. My goodness, the stuff you can find on that crazy social media site. I can’t tell you how many ideas for my daughter’s nursery I found on Pinterest. And recipes. Oh, the recipes. My husband is forever grateful for Pinterest.
But Pinterest isn’t just recipes and baby advice. This morning while quickly scanning, I found this excellent bundle of information from fellow blogger, Carrie Mess at The Adventures of Dairy Carrie:
And, since I’m fresh off the Illinois State Fair (and watching my family show in the Open Jersey Show), I thought this might be a nice little infographic to share — it even contains some info that I, a kid who grew up with dairy cattle, didn’t know.
Like the fact that just because you’re lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy dairy products like cheddar, parmesan, gouda, asiago, Havarti and Colby cheese (which just happens to be my favorite!). I didn’t know that.
Other little tidbits aren’t a surprise to me, but might be to you, the consumer.
Like the fact that the average amount of milk each cow can produce in one year has increased from 9,700 pounds in 1970 to 19,000 in 2014 — all because farmers have been able to improve the quality of their feed, genetics and housing through the use of technology.
It’s all pretty impressive. But the most important piece of information in that infographic is this:
“Organic or conventional, all milk is tested for antibiotics several times before it is ever put on the store shelf.”
No matter how it’s produced, milk is tested and tested again to make sure no antibiotics or other drug residues are in the milk before it’s bottled and sent to your table. After all, dairy farmers and their families are drinking the same milk you’re drinking and they don’t want those residues, either.
Dairy farmers care. They care about their animals and they care about providing a safe product for you. For more information, or to get your dairy-related questions answered, visit Carrie’s blog (she’s got great info!) or http://www.watchusgrow.org.