Dairy Industry Research

Nutrient-rich dairy foods not only help children and adults build healthy diets, they also contribute to healthier lives. Learn more about the science that supports dairy’s health benefits.

September 2018


9/24/2018 (Sustainable Brands) – Dairies Resuming Home Deliveries: A Sustainable – and Sustainability – Strategy?

A “dozen or so” U.S. communities have brought back home delivery of dairy products in the name of sustainability. Full Story

9/20/2018 (Genetic Literacy Project) – Conventional dairy farms do less environmental damage than their organic counterparts

Organic farming has long been considered more environmentally friendly than intensive, conventional farming. But a study led by scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests this may not be the case – provided that more natural habitats can be “spared the plough.” Full Story

9/17/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – Robot Facilitates Young Dairy Farmer’s Future

Building a new dairy barn might not seem feasible these days, but after some careful planning, that’s exactly what Cole McLaughlin did. Full Story

9/14/2018 (MSU Today) – New grant aims to help dairy calves and farmers

A Michigan State University researcher has been awarded a $500,000 grant for his work on dairy calves and microbial use. Full Story

August 2018


8/29/2018 (Reuters) – Milking it: solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya’s dairy farmers

Four years ago, Njeru Kamuru nearly quit dairy farming. But when he learned that a solar-powered milk-cooling plant was to be built in his Kenyan village, he changed his mind. Full Story

8/29/2018 (CNBC) – Ankle bracelets connected to the cloud are giving farmers a wealth of data about their cows

CNBC profiles IceRobotics, a Scottish company that creates cow ankle bracelets to track and analyze cow health. Full Story

July 2018


7/19/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Rewriting the Genetic Code of Livestock

What does the future hold for animal agriculture as researchers delve deeper into the genetic code of livestock? Carlson and his team at the biotechnology startup Recombinetics had made a small tweak in the genetic code of dairy cattle in an attempt to prevent the animals from growing horns. Full Story

May 2018


5/30/2018 (AGDAILY) – Precision breeding partnership will eliminate need to dehorn dairy cows

By using precision breeding technology, hornless (or polled) genetics can be reliably introduced into elite dairy lines, eliminating the need to dehorn calves. Full Story

5/21/2018 (The Modesto Bee) – New technology helping Kalispell business care for cows

A feature on how California’s Kalispell Kreamery uses “high-tech ear tags” to monitor the health of its herd. Full Story

5/9/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – See The First Robot Rotary In The U.S.

The first dairy in the U.S. to use a rotary robot system is Hoffman’s Happy Holsteins, a 550-cow dairy owned by Kent Hoffman and his family near Peshtigo, Wis. Full Story

April 2018


4/12/2018 (Tonic) – Is A2 Milk Good For People With Lactose Intolerance?

Tonic looked into the science behind the properties of A2 milk. Full Story

4/11/2018 (The Atlantic) – The Wonder Protein That Makes Cheese So Stretchy

The Atlantic looks at the biology and physics behind casein, including manufacturers’ efforts to duplicate it in plant-based products. Full Story

February 2018


2/28/2018 (Science Daily) – DNA study of cow stomachs could aid meat and dairy production

Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows’ stomachs. Full Story

2/15/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Cargill adds new capability to Reveal analysis service

The Reveal analysis service from Cargill Animal Nutrition now has the capability to analyze whole milk samples for fat, protein and total solids, according to an announcement. Full Story

2/9/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – Tests Can Catch Ketosis Before Dairy Cows Become Ill

Ketosis can be quite the problem during one of the most challenging times in a cow’s life. Full Story

2/8/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – TruDraw hailed as a ‘game-changer’ in aseptic milk sampling

CSP Technologies and QualiTru Sampling Systems have developed TruDraw, a single-use aseptic sampling system for liquid dairy products. Full Story

January 2018


1/30/2018 (Feed Navigator) – Dietary canola meal may boost milk production when fed in early lactation

Canola meal may support increased milk production in dairy cows compared to soybean meal when included in an early lactation ration, says researcher. Full Story

1/29/2018 (University of New Hampshire) – UNH Research Finds Feeding Pregnant Dairy Cows Niacin Improves Quality of Milk

Feeding pregnant dairy cows the vitamin niacin prior to giving birth improved the quality of their colostrum, which is the first milk calves drink, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire. Full Story

1/23/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – IDC and ZAP find ‘The Answer’ to delivering milk without refrigeration

International Dispensing Corporation (IDC) has successfully partnered with ZAP Logistics dairy distributor to deliver unrefrigerated milk using ‘The Answer’ aseptic tap. Full Story

1/19/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Hidden Cost of Immunity

Estimating glucose requirements of an activated immune system in lactating Holstein cows. Full Story 

1/16/2018 (The Bullvine) – Keeping Pre-weaned Dairy Calves Healthy and Growing in Cold Weather

The most critical and most expensive period of calf growth in raising dairy calves is the pre-weaning period. Full Story

1/15/2018 (RFT) – Milk Snack Bars, Invented in Metro East, Are Named No. 1 New Dairy Product

The nation’s best new dairy product of the year was invented right here in metro St. Louis. Full Story

1/10/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – How to Boost Your Milk Check

Class III milk price futures now average below $14 per cwt. Full Story

1/9/2018 (NDC) – Healthy Beverages

What kids drink can be as important as what they eat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends milk with most meals and water in between. Full Story

1/8/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Study says protective packaging may be needed to prevent milk from LED light damage

Researchers at the Department of Food Science at Cornell University have studied the effect of LED light on milk and found the best method of protection may be through packaging. Full Story

1/5/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Tips for Managing Livestock in Winter

During severe cold periods, producers need to feed a little more hay or other forage so that the animals’ natural heat source – the rumen – can do its work. Full Story

1/4/2018 (NDC) – Support your bones with dairy

Although a previous study questioned the role of milk in bone fracture risk, a new study found a link between consumption of milk and dairy foods (including milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and ice cream) and a reduced risk of hip fracture in older adults. Full Story

1/3/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – 4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

Emotional decisions that impact cash flow can hurt more today than when prices are higher. Full Story

1/1/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Trends in beverage milk consumption

By 2012, low-fat flavored milk was no longer an option in the school meal programs. Recent legislation and an interim final rule seek to reverse this trend. Full Story

December 2017


12/29/2017 (Good Housekeeping Institute) – Have you been cutting your cheese wrong?

For lots of us, a cheeseboard is just as integral to the Christmas spread as a turkey with all the trimmings. But did you know there’s an optimal way to slice your brie? Full Story

12/21/2017 (NDC) – NDC’s top 10 science-based articles of 2017

Here’s a look at the top 10 science-based articles on dairy foods we published on NationalDairyCouncil.org in 2017. Full Story

12/20/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Microalgae in cow diet can deliver more omega 3 in cheese

A Ph.D. student at Harper Adams University in the UK has successfully increased the level of long chain omega-3 while reducing the level of saturated fatty acids in cheese, and producing the same the taste, by feeding microalgae to cows. Full Story

12/19/2017 (NDC) – Is chocolate milk bad for teeth?

Research suggests the calcium and phosphorus in milk can help maintain the integrity of our teeth. But what about flavored milk? Full Story

12/14/2017 (NDC) – Can you eat the rind on brie, other cheeses?

Ever look at a fancy cheese plate and face this dilemma: Are cheese rinds safe to eat? Full Story

12/13/2017 (Natural Products Insider) – The Role of Protective Cultures in an Evolving Dairy Landscape

The dairy market is changing, and industry players need to keep up. Consumers want to see natural, better-for-you, sustainable dairy products that offer reduced sugar and fat content, as well as shorter ingredient lists and greater transparency in product labeling. Full Story

12/12/2017 (NDC) – What’s the difference between whole milk and fat-free milk?

Whole milk, low-fat, fat-free? Learn how the options can help meet your needs. Full Story

12/11/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – New Heifer Co-product: Soybean Syrup

Tight dairy margins call for creative solutions, and for many dairy producers, that includes raising heifers utilizing affordable, alternative feedstuffs that may be available locally. Full Story

12/11/2017 (NPR) – Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

It’s a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky’s house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door. Full Story

12/7/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Don’t Fall Behind with Coccidiosis

Among the “biggies” of pathogens that cause scours in both pre- and post-weaned calves is coccidia, a parasitic protozoa that sets up shop in the intestinal tract of cattle. Eggs are produced internally and pass into the environment via shedding in manure. Full Story

12/6/2017 (Dairy Herd Managment) – What You ‘Know’ About Colostrum Might Not Be True

Every dairy farmer knows colostrum is critically important to calf health. But there are a number of misconceptions about colostrum delivery that can impact its effectiveness, says Dave Cook, a technical consultant for Milk Products, Chilton, Wis. Full Story

12/5/2017 (Time) – Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

Cheese is typically considered more of an indulgence than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as once thought. Full Story

12/5/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Effective sealing to STAMP out contamination in dairy

Elastomeric sealing components for industrial use are expected to perform reliably in the face of some extreme operating environments. Full Story

12/4/2017 (NDC) – Power of Protein: Quality Matters

Protein is naturally found in a variety of animal and plant foods. But did you know not all protein is created equal? Full Story

12/4/2017 (The HealthSite) – How to improve intake of milk and other dairy products if you are lactose intolerant

No one can deny the fact that milk is a powerhouse of nutrients. Here is how people with lactose intolerance can up their milk intake. Full Story

12/4/2017 (The HealthSite) – How to improve your milk intake to prevent osteoporosis

When it comes to bone health, there is nothing we can leave to chance. As we age, bones deteriorate, but the good thing is the body has its own mechanism to make new bone tissues as the old ones degenerate. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Curious about kefir?

This cultured dairy product gets some attention. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Daily Mail) – A piece of cheese a day keeps the doctor away

Chinese researchers conclude that eating cheese every day can reduce the chances of developing heart disease and lower the risk of stroke. Full Story

November 2017


11/30/2017 (MSU Extension) – Prevent Zoonotic Diseases on your Dairy Farm

The current outbreak of Salmonella associated with dairy farms reminds us that the risk of contracting a zoonotic disease from dairy cattle should not be overlooked; producers must take preventative steps to protect themselves and their employees. Full Story

11/29/2017 (National Library of Medicine) – Yogurt may help reduce inflammation

In a randomised controlled trial, low-fat yogurt consumption reduces biomarkers of chronic inflammation and inhibits markers of endotoxin exposure in healthy premenopausal women. The study found that regularly eating 1 1/2 cups of yogurt (12 ounces or 1.5 servings of the recommended three servings of dairy per day) reduced the biomarkers of inflammation. Full Story

11/28/2017 (NDC) – What is Food Insecurity?

Combat food insecurity by learning how you can donate to those in need. Full Story

11/27/2017 (Dairy Foods) – Nation of Skeptics – Few Americans trust Organic Food Labels

$546.8 billion. That’s the number the global market for dairy products is projected to reach by 2022. Full Story

11/21/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Study looks at adding protein-based sweetener MNEI to yogurt

Could a modified protein be a suitable sweetener for yogurt? Researchers in Italy investigated the potential of using a protein from a berry to sweeten yogurt, with mixed results. Full Story

11/20/2017 (NDC) – What’s the difference between cow’s milk yogurt and plant-based alternatives?

The dairy case is brimming with so many varieties, flavors and types of yogurt, it can be hard to decide which ones to choose. Full Story

11/16/2017 (NDC) – Research Roundup: Fermented dairy foods, dietary fat and more

In this edition, we cover new research on fermented dairy foods and bone health, the health effects of fats, the influence parents can have on whether their children drink milk, the link of diet quality to the risk of diabetes and more. Full Story

11/16/2017 (Phys.org) – Using sound waves to reduce fat content

New research into fat displacement technology, known as double emulsions, could reduce the amount of fat in cheese, while tricking our tongues into thinking we are still eating something with a full fat, creamy flavor. Full Story

11/15/2017 (Food Business News) – Formulating clean label dairy foods: Insights and innovations

With no standard definition for the term “clean label,” food and beverage processors do their best to listen to consumers and formulate products that meet their desires in a particular category. Full Story

11/14/2017 (MedCrave) – High Protein Milk Ingredients – A Tool for Value Addition to Dairy and Food Products

Milk protein ingredients provide not only nutrition, but also specific technological functionality when applied in food formulations. Full Story

11/13/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – What’s hay milk?

‘Hay milk’ is a special dairy product popular in many areas including Germany. However, it appears few consumers know what’s really behind the name. Full Story

11/10/2017 (Abasto) – Dairy and food production transparency

Milk is the most local food available in a grocery store. On average, milk comes from a farm about 100 miles away and left that farm about 48 hours prior to being on the store shelf. Full Story

11/9/2017 (NDC) – Six things that may surprise you about dairy and sustainability

Did you know dairy was one of the first food groups to measure its carbon footprint? Full Story

11/8/2017 (Science Careers) – Ph.D. researcher “development of novel optical sensors for online milk quality and cow health monitoring”

Sustainable animal production which guarantees welfare for both the animal and the farmer requires automation of the production process in combination with thorough health monitoring of the individual animals. Full Story

11/7/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in dairy?

While the general consensus is that dairy prices are recovering, there is still uncertainty in the sector. Full Story

11/6/2017 (NDC) – How long can cheese sit out?

It depends on the cheese. Full Story

11/2/2017 (NDC) – What’s fat got to do with Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a disease characterized by abnormal glucose metabolism, so you may wonder what dietary fat has to do with it. New emerging research is beginning to show a connection. Full Story

11/1/2017 (Feedstuffs) – Dairy cows need lots of water to produce milk

Milk is 87 percent water, and without sufficient water intake, cow’s milk yield will suffer. Full Story

October 2017


10/30/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Veterinarian Offers Dairy Bull Calf Care Tips via Social Media

Dairy bull calves sometimes don’t get the same attention as their female counterparts since they leave the farm at an earlier age. Full Story

10/27/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Understanding Manure Storage System Safety Risks

Are you at risk while pumping out your manure storage system? Full Story

10/25/2017 (NDC) – Leading with Enjoyment to spark healthy eating

Motivating people to adopt healthy behaviors can be a challenge, but teaching them to focus on the benefits can help. Full Story

10/24/2017 (Feed Navigator) – What is the best approach to dairy calf rumen development and solid feed intake?

To discuss that question and more, FeedNavigator is hosting a free to access webinar – Early Calf Nutrition Oct. 31. Full Story

10/23/2017 (Nutrients) – Food Sources of Energy and Nutrients among Children

Milk is No.1 food source of 9 essential nutrients in diets of American children. Full Story

10/23/2017 (AllAboutFeed) – Strong heifers through optimised nutrition

The first 2 months of a dairy cow are critical. Full Story

10/19/2017 (NDC) – Come Visit a Dairy Farm…Virtually

You already know milk provides nine essential nutrients to nourish kids and adults, and you might be pleased – and surprised – to learn dairy cows have their own nutritionists. Full Story

10/18/2017 (NDC) – Dairy contributes to sustainable food systems

Dairy contributes to sustainable food systems. Learn more at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), Oct. 21-24 in Chicago. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Farm Journal) – Dairy Checkoff Returns $5 for Every Dollar of Promotion Spent

The aggregate benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of the dairy checkoff was $5.53 for 2013 and 2014, and $4.97 in 2015. That means that for every $1 spent in demand enhancement activities, dairy farmers realized $5.53 in 2013 and 2014, and $4.97 in 2015. Full Story

10/16/2017 (NDC) – Seven nutrients in yogurt that can help your body

You may enjoy yogurt because of its tangy taste, its ability to be savory or sweet or because of some brands’ probiotic benefits. Plus it’s just such a convenient way to get many of the nutrients your body needs. Full Story

10/13/2017 (NDC) – The U.S. dairy community accounts for only about 2% of U.S. GHG emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from milk production and consumption in the United States: A cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Food Network) – What’s the Deal With A2 Milk?

Could this cow milk be a new option for those with lactose intolerance? Full Story

10/9/2017 (DMI) – Diabetes and Dairy

Nov. 9, 2017: An educational webinar on diabetes and dairy from research to meal planning with opportunity for Q&A with experts. More

10/6/2017 (Healio) – Cow’s milk alternatives may increase risk for iodine deficiency

Consumption of milk-alternative drinks not fortified with iodine — including almond, soy or rice milk — in place of cows’ milk may increase the risk for iodine deficiency, according to findings published in British Journal of Nutrition. Full Story

10/5/2017 (AgDaily) – Mycogen unveils new corn silage for better feed efficiency

More feed efficiency, more milk? Yes, please. Mycogen Seeds has released Unified corn silage with SilaSoft technology to deliver unparalleled fiber digestibility combined with highly digestible starch in one hybrid. Full Story

10/5/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Offers Anti-Inflammatory Properties in Human Health

According to research, dairy products, particularly fermented dairy products, have anti-inflammatory properties in humans not suffering from allergies to milk. Full Story

10/3/2017 (NDC) – Healthy Aging: Protein and Physical Activity Can Help

“Growing old is not for sissies,” actress Bette Davis famously said, and she was right. But there are ways to foster healthy aging to improve vitality later in life. Full Story

10/3/2017 (American Agriculturalist) – Silage hybrid seed corn trial data makes you money

These milk producers find significant paybacks to scrutinizing silage seed corn trial data — more high-quality tonnage, more milk. Full Story

10/2/2017 (NDC) – Dairy Research for Your Business

Dairy Research for Your Business, outlines the current and completed nutrition, product and sustainability research spearheaded by NDC from 2012-2017. Full Story

10/2/2017 (NDC) – National Dairy Council Research Program Annual Report

Together, we work on behalf of dairy farmers to create knowledge, disseminate that knowledge through education and outreach initiatives, and work in service to the dairy community, providing guidance on a range of scientific topics. We are pleased to report another productive year. Full Story

September 2017


9/26/2017 (NDC) – Q3 Research Roundup: Yogurt, vitamin K, blood pressure and more

In this edition, we cover new research on yogurt and its beneficial associations with bone health in older adults and on body composition/metabolic health. Full Story

9/26/2017 (Women’s Health) – Kefir: The Protein-Packed Item You’re Probably Overlooking In The Dairy Aisle

Walking through the dairy aisle used to be simple. You grabbed your carton of fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt and low-fat milk and you went on your merry way. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Use Feed Space to Determine Stocking Ratio

When thinking about stocking density, most dairy farmers will look at the number of cows in a pen and then the number of freestalls in that pen. Full Story

9/25/2017 (CNN) – Is Cheese Healthy?

Yes, cheese is nutrient-rich — and tasty — but it’s best to consume it in small portions. Full Story

9/21/2017 (Milk Business) – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Dairy Processing Constraints

The lack of dairy processing capacity is having all kinds of consequences, good, bad and long-term. Full Story

9/20/2017 (WCMH) – Flavored Milk Matters: Why chocolate milk is the right option for kids

Often parents feel like they must choose between nutrition and taste when it comes to beverage options for their children, but with milk, they don’t have to! Milk, whether white or flavored, provides nine essential nutrients to help kids build strong bones and bodies. Full Story

9/19/2017 (IDFA) – Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop Oct. 3-4 in Dallas, TX

The Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop is designed to help dairy processing facilities improve pathogen control practices including PEM, sanitation, and sanitary design. The workshop was designed by dairy industry professionals for the benefit of the industry through the non-profit Innovation Center for US Dairy. Full Story

9/15/2017 (WHIO) – Three reasons why you should choose chocolate milk

Milk, white or chocolate, is the number one food source for three of the four nutrients of concern identified by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Full Story

9/14/2017 (NDC) – Can Dairy Foods Increase My Risk for Cancer?

Most of us have had an experience with cancer either personally or through family, friends or coworkers. It can be scary and confusing, so it’s understandable people are searching for ways to reduce their risk, which may include watching the foods they eat. Full Story

9/13/2017 (ScienceNordic) – Full-fat fermented milk products linked to lower risk of stroke

If your daily intake of dairy products leans towards fermented milk products, you probably have a lower risk of developing a blood clot in the brain, shows a new study.  Full Story

9/8/2017 (NY Times) – New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Loma Linda Health News) – Calcium source may matter in protecting against colorectal cancers, study says

The study, which was published in an online edition of the journal Public Health Nutrition, found that dairy foods, independent of their calcium components, were found to protect against rectal cancers, while calcium itself — whether from dairy or non-dairy sources or calcium supplements — appeared to protect against colon cancer. Full Story

9/1/2017 (Dairy Good) – Technology connects sister to each other, their dairy farm

The farm has been in the Larsen family for 60 years, and technology like this app keeps the three Larsen sisters, and their parents Burke and Lisa, close to the farm — and each other. Full Story

9/1/2017 (All About Feed) – Study: Lemongrass and rosemary for dairy goats

Supplementation of lemongrass and rosemary in the diet of lactating Damascus goats has a positive effect on nutrient digestibility and milk yield, with positive ruminal fermentation. Full Story