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  1. Mandy Deveno says

    Thank you Carrie!
    I come from a dairy and biotech background and feel that too many consumers are mis-led by fear mongrols that have no idea what they are talking about. If used in the correct way rBST will help your producing herd.

    Your body cannot tell the difference. Why? Because it’s the same hormone that the cow makes! It’s just made by bacteria instead. rBST only has a positive effect if the cow is cared for and fed properly too.
    And to all the consumers out there…as far as I know, there is no way to test for it. You should be more worried about the plastics and other types of storage containers the milk comes in.
    Here’s to the informed consumer!

  2. Lana says

    LOVE this! I’m putting out as many places as I can possibly post it, and I think some of my Real Farmwives of America are doing the same. If we do not educate our customers, we raise beef cattle, but my husband and his family had a small dairy for 40 years, then we will soon be out of business thanks to clever truth-twisters.

  3. Josie says

    fear-based marketing tactics are my BIGGEST pet peeve, and people concerned about the use of rBST drive me nuts. I did a huge presentation on this my senior year of undergrad, and every speech class I’ve ever taken i did a similar “informative” speech.

    Other favorite fun facts:

    “‘Organic’ milk tastes better.” Well of course it does, if you look at the nutritional facts on the back of the Horizon Organic Milk carton and compare their 2% to Walmart’s generic brand 2% you will notice an extra GRAM OF SUGAR PER SERVING. Mmm, add some sugar to that, I bet it DOES taste better.

    “The hormones are affecting us in ways that you don’t know about/our kids are hitting puberty sooner/oh no the hormones!!!/etc/variations thereof.” Did anyone else catch that rBST is a peptide hormone? Not even a sterol? So it is comprised of long chains of amino acids. Last I checked no one got their panties in a wad for consuming “extra protein” in their shakes this morning. The peptide chains break down in our stomachs and our bodies use the amino acids…oh wait…like all other amino acids (insert giant picture of a steak in your powerpoint here).

  4. Cheryl Strautz says


    Part of my motivation for starting an ag blog myself came from a similar place…I was on Facebook one day and a friend had posted something about having watched Food Inc., and she and a few of her friends were discussing how they would only buy hormone free milk and beef from now on.

    After I quit banging my head on my desk, I explained to them how that was impossible.

    Change happens one person at a time, right?

  5. tamsyn says

    This is just a thought, but I think one reason many people have concerns about rBST is that they equate such additives with inhumane animal treatment. They assume that if cows are given a hormone additive, they must be living in a place where they’re worked so hard it’s like the cow version of child labor seen in the 1800’s and 1900’s. So the rejection of rBST is partly a rejection of what they presume to be getting milk from unhappy or inhumanely raised cows.

    While I think a lot of people also don’t understand what rBST really is, and there’s so much talk the last several years about additives in food more generally — you might want to address the animal husbandry issue a little more in your blogs and outreach efforts. I think if more people understood that cows who are given rBST are treated just as humanely as cows not given rBST, they might feel less scared or averse to it.

    I can see some of these ideas right in my own family… my mother lives in a big city, is very much an urban, big-city person — but insists on buying everything organic, including milk, almost in an elitist sort of a way, and is very susceptible to the hype. I know she doesn’t really understand what goes on on farms, or how farmers really produce their crops — or raise their livestock. She’s just gotten swept up in this idea that “organic must be better” (and I like organic sometimes too, but I’m also a huge advocate of supporting my local farmer — and I know that farmers care about their land, their animals, and that to be successful, they HAVE to provide good care and stewardship).

    While I grew up in the city too — the first generation of my dad’s side not to grow up on a farm — I was at least fortunate enough to have my grandma, who farmed her whole life, and my aunt, who still runs a sheep farm — and my dad, who grew up on the farm, which included raising dairy cattle. They were wonderful reference points for information.

    But I had to work hard, still, to shed some of the ambient information that tends to float around cities, especially, about how things work in agriculture. While I always tended to seek out lots of information first before making a personal decision, it helped a lot when I got writing jobs communicating about agriculture after I graduated, moved to smaller towns, and got a lot more first-hand experience with a wider range of ag operations.

    So, having straddled the fence between those people you’re trying to educate with all your outreach, and someone who’s become a lot more educated and come to realize the many nuances, complexities and at times misinformation out there, I can say I think it would help a lot if people started hearing some more first-hand information about what a day in the life of the average dairy cow really IS like.

    (And btw, your blog is awesome! This is exactly what people need to see more of!).

    • DairyCarrie says

      So sorry I didn’t get this comment approved earlier! I don’t think I got notice that it was here waiting.

      You make an excellent point! I do try to show how we really do things and why we do what we do. I also try to have people from non farm backgrounds come out and visit the farm and see for themselves. I hope to continue to show what the truth is about dairy farming.

  6. Barnyard Barbie says

    Love the blog! LOL–boneless bananas! Truely good post on educating people on the truth of what goes on. If people really stopped to think about it–why would milk be hormone free? But–then again we’re asking people to think beyond what media tells them.

    Good choice with Norma too 🙂

  7. Kimberly says

    To be fair you should inform your readers that rBST has been linked to cancer. I get that you don’t believe it, but it is there. I farm as well, and I know the realities of the finances, but no one should have to die of cancer because you wanted to use an engineered hormone to keep money in your pocket.

    • dairycarrie says

      Hi Kimberly,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. If I knew of a study that hadn’t been discredited that showed an increased incidence of cancer related to the use of rBST I would certainly include it in my post as well as reconsider using it. However from your comment I don’t think you even bothered to read this post so I doubt that you’re here to learn or listen to a point of view other than your own.

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