News last update:6 Aug 2012

USDA starts large animal health project

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started Dairy 2007, a project to find out how farmers treat their animals regarding animal health and product quality.

The Dairy 2007 study takes place between December 29, 2006, and September 30, 2007. Currently, the study encompasses producers in 21 dairy states representing more than 80% of US dairy cows and operations. The farmers who are participating in the project will be asked to deliver data regarding their management, animal health and disease prevention. 

With this investigation, which follows Dairy 2002 and Dairy 1996, USDA hopes to gain a better insight in the way dairy farmers implement animal health measures, to increase the quality of the end products.

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