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The Do’s and Don'ts of Dairy


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

“Drink milk. No, wait! Don’t drink milk. Oh, wait; our bad. Drink milk after all.” Similar to the butter versus margarine debate of the 90s, this is the rhetoric that bounces around, confusing the lot of us and making healthful nutrition decisions frustrating. Well, rest assured. Dairy is one of nature’s best and has been shown to be a beneficial part of the diet, as stated by typically conflicting sources.

It’s no secret that milk and other dairy products offer numerous essential nutrients including amino acids, calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, vitamins 1, B12, and D, as well as pantothenic acid, a known aid to the conditions of asthma, allegies, stress, anxiety, and respiratory and heart issues. These nutrients have been widely touted to fight calcium deficiency, high blood pressure, type 2 Diabetes, and certain types of cancer. According to the National Dairy Council, “Nutrient-rich dairy foods not only help build healthy diets, they also contribute to healthier lives.”

For years this has been the basis of claims for dairy-related organizations such as the American Dairy Association, the Midwest Dairy Association, and the dairy council. But is it true? Many in the anti-dairy set dispute the validity of nutrition studies done by the USDA and other sources as corrupted by various dairy industries. Arguments over organic and or grass-fed versus conventionally-raised, pasteurized versus non-pasteurized, low-fat versus whole fat, and more have seeded these disputes further. However, no one is arguing that dairy products can “do a body good” if consumed as part of a well-balanced diet.

Take for instance the current hot topic of choice, the obesity issue. For years, many were under the impression that the consumption of dairy would not only make them fat, but clog their arteries, leading to heart attack or stroke, as well as complicating a whole host of other body issues. Now, a new study by a Swedish research team has us reeling from the results.

In the study, those who consumed at least one serving of whole milk or cheese gained less weight than those who consumed low-fat or no dairy. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the findings are of no surprise to the Dairy Research Institute. “This research supports previous studies showing that higher protein diets during weight loss may help preserve muscle while losing fat. Additionally, this st .....
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Dairy is big business in Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County has many dairy farms; 86 of them as of 2010, the vast majority of them run by families. These farms provide much more than milk and other dairy products. They do a lot for the local economy by supplying jobs as well. The milk they pr ..... 
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Sheep management practices workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and large numbers aren’t necessary to make it worthwhile. That fact is demonstrated by the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011. Of all sheep operations in the U ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties. During the d ..... 
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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities. FFA ..... 
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What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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Early season pasture thistle control

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

When the grass started greening up, it also meant other less welcome plants will soon be appearing. Normally, early May is excellent for early season pasture weed control, but if this weather trend continues, consider moving the timing up. Plants th ..... 
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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

If you are interested in developing a Food Safety Plan for your farm, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 1-6 pm at the Winona County Office Building in Winona, Minnesota. The cost of the workshop is ..... 
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