Natural estrogen in cow's milk safe to consume

Estrogen occurs naturally in cow's milk. Recently, there has been concern that consuming milk containing elevated amounts of estrogen could affect blood levels of the hormone in people, leading to an increased risk of some cancers.

A new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science investigated the effects of cow milk's on blood hormone levels in adult mice and found that naturally occurring levels - and even levels as high as 100 times the average - had no effect on the mice. The study further determined that only when the mice were given 1,000 times more estrogen than average did it have any impact on reproductive health.

Estrogens found in food are thought to play a negative role in human reproductive health, but researchers are not yet sure of the exact connection between the two, the announcement said. One area of concern is bovine milk, which is known to contain naturally occurring estrogens. To complicate matters, estrogen levels in milk rise when a cow is pregnant due to production in the placenta. Currently, cows are typically milked until 60 days before their expected calving, meaning milk from cows in their third trimester of pregnancy can contain up to 20 times more estrogen than milk from cows that are not pregnant.

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USDA pays out $11.2m for dairy assistance

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 farm bill.

"We understand the nation's dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions," Vilsack said. "MPP-Dairy payments are part of a robust, comprehensive farm safety net that help to provide dairy-producing families with greater peace of mind during tough times. Dairy operations enrolled in the 2016 MPP-Dairy program will receive approximately $11.2 million this month."

Dairy producers who enrolled at the $6 through $8 margin trigger coverage level will receive payments. MPP-Dairy payments are triggered when the national average margin (the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed) falls below a level of coverage selected by the dairy producer, ranging from $4 to $8, for a specified consecutive two-month period. All final U.S. Department of Agriculture prices for milk and feed components required to determine the national average margin for May/June 2016 were released on July 29, 2016.

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Updated database helps prevent food fraud

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the next generation of its "Food Fraud Database" (FFD 2.0) to help food manufacturers and retailers make informed decisions about ingredients in their portfolio that may have a greater potential of being adulterated.

The goal is to provide brand protection, increase consumer trust and support new food safety regulations recently finalized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Food fraud, also referred to as economically-motivated adulteration (EMA), is a global economic and public health problem, costing industry an estimated $10-15 billion annually and affecting as much as 10% of the global food supply.

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CME Group announces changes to cattle market volatility

CME Group announced today new changes seeking to further stabilize the cattles futures market.   The new measures are a result of continued collaboration with and feedback from the cattle industry, as well as the results from an independent study conducted by Informa Economics, CME said. 

CME has been working since January with cattle industry leaders to stabilize the markets. The first change enacted was adding livestock products to its CME's messaging efficiency program (MEP), which implemented a cap on the number of messages that could occur per fill. The MEP is designed to ensure efficient messaging - that someone doesn't continually enter orders, modifications and cancellations without trading.

After the cap was implemented, CME reported that between January and April, the ratio of messages to orders filled in the Live Cattle futures market decreased by 15%, while overall volume was relatively unchanged.

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Immigration reform advocates revamp efforts

Politics have gotten in the way of passing immigration in Congress, and a new grassroots effort is hoping to get ahead of the 2017 legislative window and begin putting a local face and economic data on display when it comes to making a case for the need for reform.

The Partnership for a New American Economy, a public relations effort supported by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), released 51 new economic research reports (one for every state plus Washington, D.C.) and launched the Reason for Reform campaign to showcase how immigration affects local communities all across America and the urgency of modernizing the nation's immigration system.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the pressing need for immigration reform is a hot topic on the campaign trail, but the issue is more than just a soundbite throughout this country. Every year, farmers face difficulties getting workers in a timely matter, and the current H-2A process is riddled with unnecessary application denials and administrative delays.

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ADSA News and Happenings

2016 EAAP Novus Travel Award - Akke Kok

L to r_ Ariette van Knegsel_ Akke Kok_ Renny van Hoeij _Wageningen University_ the Netherlands_.
At the EAAP 2015 meeting in Warsaw, I received the Novus Travel Grant for my presentation about the effective lactation yield: a measure to compare the milk yield of cows with different dry period lengths. The grant enabled me to visit Novus International and the ADSA/JAM in 2016.
I had never been to the USA before, but I was lucky to travel with two experienced colleagues. We arrived in Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon. The climate outside was like being in a toaster (almost 40 C). Inside, however, air-conditioning did a good job at keeping a very(!) cool climate. The conference centre was enormous, and posters were displayed electronically in a central hall, a perfect place to meet people! The interactive posters included much information, and many small-scale oral presentations were given.
Together, my colleagues and I had 3 presentations about consequences of shortening the dry period in dairy cows, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. My presentation was on the last day, and I was grateful that so many people attended it. After the conference, we visited Yellowstone NP. The park was amazing: full of geysers, mud pools and other colourful 'geothermal features', and at the same time full of wildlife.
Next was a visit to Novus International headquarters, Missouri. There I attended a research meeting and had a tour around the labs and facilities. Also, I could visit the research farm Green Acres for a tour. I felt very welcome, and it was interesting that mechanisms behind the feed additives and also the effects of processing were studied.
My visit in the USA was a wonderful experience, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Novus International (especially Heather Tucker and Barbara Repking), ADSA (especially Alois Kertz), and EAAP (especially Abele Kuipers) for making it possible.  
Sponsorship Opportunities for Large Dairy Herd Management

(3rd edition, e-book)
 Nonprofit organizations, companies, and individuals are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to sponsor one or more of the remaining available sections of the Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) e-book currently in development. Sponsors will receive recognition for a three-year period as the e-book is used throughout the dairy industry worldwide. The ADSA® Foundation is publishing this extensively revised and updated edition of the book in early 2017.

The third edition (98 chapters) will be available in e-book format (designed to allow for convenient updating) with completely new content. It will be sold at ADSA member, nonmember, and student rates and distributed directly by ADSA. Visit the ADSA website for more information on the book and conference.

Anticipated users of the e-book include dairy management professionals, progressive producers, extension educators, consultants, upper-level university students studying dairy science and management, and allied industry representatives. The book is written in a practical application style but reflects the scientific rigor of the Journal of Dairy Science®.

As an e-book sponsor, you will receive international recognition for supporting the delivery of up-to-date, peer-reviewed dairy management information to the global dairy industry. Initial e-book section sponsors will have right of first refusal to renew after the initial three-year period of recognition. For information on sponsorship and the worldwide recognition it will bring, please contact Larry Miller at

Michael Socha, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAN
ADSA Foundation Chair

For our International Readers- Have you considered e-Membership?

ADSA e-Membership is available through ADSA Global Partner organizations and to individuals who reside outside of the US and Canada.  This electronic membership was designed for those who have an interest in dairy science, but may not have the time or budget to attend ADSA's meetings, or cost-justify full membership in ADSA due to a different area of specialization. At a 50% discount from ADSA professional membership dues, an ADSA e-Member receives:
  • Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®, (and a paper copy, if desired, for an additional fee);
  • Access to a treasure trove of Joint Annual Meeting symposia (synchronized recordings from 2003-2015, with more added each year);
  • Access to searchable Joint Annual Meeting abstracts for 1998-2015, with more added each year, plus ADSA annual meeting abstracts from 1935-1997, as well as ADSA divisional meeting abstracts;
  • The opportunity to subscribe to S-PAC® (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) at the ADSA member rate. The ADSA e-Membership rate is USD 55 and runs for 365 days from date of sign-up. (See more about S-PAC below.)
Learn more about e-membership and other types of ADSA membership at:
S-PAC (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences), is the most comprehensive animal production and management conference proceedings database in the world. This unique collection of conference proceedings and presentations is a must-have resource for animal scientists, veterinarians, academicians, consultants and members of industry around the world. As of August 2016, 59 conferences have contributed 560 sets of proceedings, with new conferences and proceedings added every month. The value of S-PAC increases every time a conference and a set of proceedings is added. If one can't attend the multitude of conferences that S-PAC covers, S-PAC is the next best thing!
Discover Conference: 
Big Data Dairy Management
The availability of increasingly powerful computers and new technologies provides new business management opportunities in many fields.  In the last few years, most large companies have embraced the concept of "big data" techniques as part of their management strategy.

The dairy industry remains a perfect application of decision science and big data because: (1) it is characterized by considerable price, weather and biological variation, and uncertainty, (2) technologies, such as those that monitor dairy cow yield, physiology, and behavior are easily available, (3) and the primary output, fluid milk, is difficult to differentiate, increasing the need for alternative means of business differentiation.  Big data represents a potential management breakthrough for the dairy industry.  Various industry and academic players have been working within this area without a venue to discuss overall strategies and opportunities.  The Discover conference, that will be held November 1-4, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak Brook, Illinois, will provide such a venue.
Tentative Conference Themes are:
*               What is Big Data?
*               How is it being used in other industries
*               Big data analysis techniques
*               Data integration and visualization
*               Sensor data use and management

Visit for more details and registration.  For Companies wanting to be part of the action, sponsorship opportunities are available.  Click here or e-mail  for more information.
Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,564 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information and network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.

Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members

                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science®.

Ag Processing Inc.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Dairy Nutrition Plus
Darling International Research
Diamond V
DuPont Pioneer
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Kent Nutrition Group
Kraft Heinz Foods
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Masters Choice
Nutriad, Inc.
Papillon Agricultural Company
Quali Tech, Inc.
Renaissance Nutrition Inc.
Western Pacific Oils LLC
Zook Nutrition & Management Inc.
Calendar of Events

Aug 15-18, 2016     Food Safety Systems (HACCP) and Implementing SQF, Cornell University, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Aug 17-18, 2016     2016 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference*, Embassy Suites, Grapevine, TX, For registration and more information click here
Aug 30-Sept 1, 2016              Advanced Fluid Milk Packaged for Consumption Workshop, Food Science Conference Center, 148 Stocking Hall, Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, To register click here
Sept 6-8, 2016        Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, FDA Regional Field Office, Jamaica NY, For more information click here
Sept 7- Nov 23, 2016             2nd Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research Certificate in Dairy Processing short course. For registration, directions and accommodations please visit:
Sept 11-13, 2016    NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Assoc. Annual Fall Meeting, Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen NY, For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833
Sept 11-14, 2016.   WATER Technologies Short Course - Process & Reuse Water, Wastewater & Desalination, TIPS building, Texas A&M University Campus, College Station, TX For more information click here
Sept 13-14, 2016    Master Artisan Short Course Series, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Sept 14-15, 2016    Advanced Fluid Milk Cornell University, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Sept 15, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, CCOF Foundation- Organic Dairy Healthcare Webinar. For more information/ registration:
Sept 15-17, 2016    American Association of Bovine Practitioners*, 49th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, For more information and registration click here
Sept 20-22, 2016    NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference/FDA NE Regional Update, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, NY For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833
Sept 21-22, 2016    77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN, For more information and registration click here
Sept 27-28, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Dairy Ingredient Seminar, Fess Parker Doubletree, Santa Barbara, CA for more information visit
Sept 27-29, 2016    2016 International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA  For more information click here
Oct 3-7, 2016          Cheese Tech Short Course, Babcock, Hall Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Oct 4 - 6, 2016     Introduction to Dairy Processing and Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 4-6, 2016          Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets Office, Albany NY , For more information click here
Oct 4-8, 2016          50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information click here
Oct 11-13, 2016      Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workshop, Penn State Department of Food Science, University Park, For more information click here
Oct 11-12, 2016      Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Oct 11-13, 2016      High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 13-19, 2016      120th IUSAHA- AAVLD Annual Meeting, Greensboro Sheraton Hotel, Greensboro, NC, For more information click here.
Oct 18-20, 2016      78th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY, For more information and registration click here
Oct 19-20, 2016      Advanced Cheese Making, Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098
Oct 19 - 20, 2016    HTST Maintenance Workshop, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 25-26, 2016      Vat Pasteurization/Basic Cheese Making Workshop, On-line and Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098
Oct 25 - 26, 2016    Advanced Clean In Place (CIP), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 25 - 26, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Technical Symposium, The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI for more information visit
Oct 25-27, 2016      Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, Curtain and Bigler Roads, University Park, PA  16802, For detail on the workshop and a registration information click here.
Oct 25-30, 2016      American Dairy Goat Association Convention, Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas. For more information contact ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3801
Oct 27, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Lactose Seminar, The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI for more information visit
Nov 1-4, 2016    31st ADSA Discover Conference: Big Data Dairy Management,  Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
Nov 2-4, 2016         Cheese Grading Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Nov 2-4, 2016         Dairy Risk Management Seminar, Chicago, IL for more information visit
Nov 7-10, 2016       The Science and Art of Cheese Making short course, Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA, for more information and registration click here
Nov 9-10, 2016       Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, For more information click here
Nov 10-11, 2016     2016 DCRC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, For registration and more information click here
Nov 14-16, 2016    Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, St. Louis, MO, For more information and registration click here
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2016               Ice Cream Makers Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Dec 4, 2016                            The 4th Annual Meeting of the Multistate Research Project, NE1201 - "Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals (MDA), Chicago Marriott Downtown - 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (in conjunction with the CRWAD conference, ), for more information contact Robab Katani at ( or Ken Olson (
Dec 6-7, 2016         Food Safety Plans for Artisan and Farmstead Processors, Online & Hands-On Location TBD, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Jan18-19, 2017      Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference*, Red Lion Hotel-Richland, Richland, WA, For registration and more information click here
Feb 21, 2017           Vermont Dairy Producer's Conference*, Sheraton-Burlington Conference Center, Burlington, VT, For registration and more information click here
Feb 21-23, 2017     Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workshop, Penn State Department of Food Science, University Park, For more information click here
Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2017             Western Dairy Management Conference*, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, NV, For more information and registration click here
Mar 7 - 10, 2017     35th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar*, Sheraton Red Deer, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, For more information and registration click here
Apr 17 - 19, 2017    Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, For more information and registration click here
Apr 23 - 25, 2017   ADPI/ABI Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, For more information visit
May 10 - 11, 2017   California Animal Nutrition Conference (CANC)*,  For more information click here
May 30-June 1, 2017   32nd ADSA Discover Conference - Replacement Dairy Heifers: Weaning through Lactation, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. For more information, click here.

June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  For more information
click here
Sept 17 - 20, 2017 International Whey Conference, Chicago, IL, For more information visit

Oct 24 - 26, 2017   Global Cheese Technology Forum, Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV, for more information visit

June 24-27, 2018   ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Knoxville, TN. For more information, click here.

*An S-PAC Partner Conference
If your organization's conference isn't among the ever growing list that contribute proceedings and presentations to S-PAC®, ask your conference organizer to contact Ken Olson for more information about the benefits of participation.
If you would like to have an event included in the "Dates to Note," please contact Ken Olson.

ADSA Membership Benefits                                 

Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership provides you with:

*        Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®

*        Joint Annual Meeting at member rates

*        Discover Conferences at member rates

*        S-PAC: Free access to JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts

*        S-PAC subscription at member rates

*        Access to recorded symposia library                                                                       

*        ADSA News (association newsletter)

*        ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA industry newsletter)

*        Access to member directory

*        Peer recognition through ADSA and Foundation Award Program

*        Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science®

*        A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and agriculture research

*        Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program

*        Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA

*        Quality networking with academic and industry professionals

*        Travel awards for all graduate students attending Discover Conferences

*        Opportunity to serve peers via committee and officer positions

For more information on your benefits please visit:
To join now and gain these member benefits, visit:

Integrating Dairy Science Globally

Make your plans now to attend the most comprehensive dairy science meeting in the world, the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting. 

Included are invited symposia and special pre- and post-conference events. 

Visit the meeting website regularly for the latest information on the meeting.

See you in Pittsburg - The place where the dairy world meets in 2017.


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