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Dairy Resources

Dairy Production/Management

National Agricultural Statistics Service
This report contains useful statistics on the production of butter, cheese, frozen products, evaporated, condensed, and dry milk and whey products; shipments, stocks, and prices of dry milk and whey products for major states (including Michigan) in the U.S.

Dairy Farming for Small Farmers
This site addresses in detail some of the day-to-day challenges small-scale dairy farmers are likely to encounter.

Dairy Farming is a UK-based site that details some basic and up-to-date information any dairy farmer would be happy to have; they include anything from farm to fridge, caring about cows, the environment, and numerous farming facts and fictions.

This University of Guelph, Canada site, provides information on methods and equipment used for pasteurization.

Pasteurization Resources
This USDA NAL Food Safety Research Information Office provides an overview of pasteurization and an extensive list of online resources, including educational items, listservs, and reports.

Dairy & Environment

EPA Guideline
Here a dairy production module is presented touching on the vast array of dairy products available, dairy production systems, milking systems, and typical manure handling systems in use today.

Dairy Farming Today
This resource presents information on how dairy farmers go to great lengths to sustainably utilize the land where they live and work; protect the air and water, and provide the best care for their cows.

Dairy Economics/Business

Dairy Management INC
This site seeks to build demand for dairy products on behalf of dairy producers.

Dairy CheckOff
This site aims to drive sales and demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients by working proactively and in partnership with leaders and innovators, to increase and apply knowledge that leverages opportunities to expand dairy markets.

Innovation Center for US Dairy: fosters innovation and gives consumers more of what they want, when and where they want it.

Dairy Standardization
A USDA Marketing Service, aims to aid the marketing of milk and dairy products by providing a common language of trade through the development, improvement, and interpretation of standards, specifications and quality improvement programs.

Dairy Foods & Technology

Commercial Item Descriptions
This USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provides information on the classification and regulatory requirements of several dairy food categories.

Complete Listing of Food Science & Technology Professional & Career Resources

Dairy Science & Technology is an educational site focused on milk, dairy products, and dairy technology.

Food Additives
This DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition provides a list of resources for premarket approval of food and color additives as well as notification programs for food ingredients and packaging components (including dairy products).

The World of Food Science
This resource provides an overview of some aspects of the analysis of foods.

Online Interactive Resource

This is a web-based package that records and reports standardized dairy farm business information - both physical and fiscal (financial, that is).

MSU eXtension Interactive Learning Environment

Find a Food Scientist
This is a searchable database of IFT members Food Science Ambassadors who are willing to provide more information about the field of food science.

Open Directory Project

Professional/Career Resources
Professional Outlook

Dairy Professional Training Programs

NOTE: This resource list is an on-going project and is hoped to contain a comprehensive trove of useful resources that will benefit the dairy industry to be posted on this page. We rely on your suggestions as we put together this list of useful references. Please email your suggestions to mdr@msu.edu. Write "Useful Dairy Resources" in the email subject line.

Michigan Dairy Review is published and mailed to all Michigan dairy farmers and individuals working in allied industries. With its ever increasing on-line presence, the MDR target audience has spread beyond Michigan and the U.S.; today electronic subscribers are located in places such as Australia, The Scandinavia, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, Peru, and New Zealand.  

The MDR is the primary communications vehicle for research findings, extension programming, and teaching between faculty and staff in MSU dairy programs and the dairy industry. The MDR web site is paid for by the C. E. Meadows Endowment.