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FAQs

Are antibiotics in milk?

An independent FDA study recently found that after randomly sampling and testing milk from dairies across the country 99.3% of all tests were antibiotic-free.

Consumers can be assured that milk is highly regulated and tested several times before it is bottled. In the rare event that inspectors find any antibiotic residues in a tanker of milk, the entire load is dumped to make sure the milk you drink is safe.

See FDA Announcement Here

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How many dairy cows are in Idaho?

There are approximately 561,000 dairy cows in Idaho.

Dairy Cows in Idaho

What is rbST/bST and is it harmful?

rbST/bST are management tools that help some dairy farmers produce more milk but the quality of the milk is not changed. All the world’s leading health organizations have concluded that milk from cows treated with rbST/bST is safe and nutritious, just like milk from cows that haven’t been given rbST/bST.

How is the local water supply protected against dairy waste runoff?

Quality groundwater is essential to dairy farming, because if cows aren’t provided with clean water, they will not produce quality milk. Water quality is very important to producing safe, wholesome milk and so it is routinely monitored and regulated on all dairy farms. Dairy farmers must abide by clean water laws that regulate application of manure on cropland. Farms are required to have manure recycling plans based on the physical characteristics of our individual farms. Dairy farms follow many state and local water quality regulations to avoid the contamination of surface and ground water.

What is A2 milk?

A2 milk is a type of milk produced from certain dairy cow breeds that produce milk highly concentrated with A2 beta-casein, which is a primary component that makes up dairy proteins. this differs from conventional milk sold in the United States that includes proteins with a mix of A1 and A2 beta-caseins. Regardless of its components, the protein in all milk is widely recognized as among the highest nutritional quality versus other proteins. At present there is no sufficient scientific support for the proposed beneficial health effects of A2 milk versus traditional milk. There is no reason to suspect that A2 milk differs in any meaningful way from traditional milk.

How many of your farms are owned by big dairy companies?

None. All of our dairies in Idaho are 100% family owned

Are dairy farms inspected?

Federal and/or state regulations require, and periodic inspections verify, that milk is produced by healthy cows. Dairy farmers must also provide healthful housing conditions for the cows. All milk handling equipment must be sanitary and there are procedures in place to keep it clean. Several times each year, dairy farms are subject to unannounced inspections by state and/or federal regulators in addition to the routine inspections.

How much milk does it take to make a pound of cheese?

It takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese!

Is drinking raw milk dangerous?

According to health experts, pasteurized milk offers the same health benefits as raw milk, without the risks. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend that no one consume unpasteurized milk. Pasteurization is a simple, effective method to kill potentially harmful bacteria. It does not affect the nutritional value of milk in any meaningful way.

What do cows eat?

Professional nutritionists help dairy farmers develop a balanced and nutritious diet for their cows. The ingredients in the cows’ feed vary by season and geography. They are typically hay, grains (soybeans and corn), protein sources (alfalfa and canola) and vitamins and minerals.

Why don’t the families in your commercials smile?

Our dairy farm families work hard every day to ensure they are providing wholesome, nutritious milk for consumers. Running a dairy is big responsibility, and the commercials were intended to show the families’ serious commitment to their cows, their families and to the consumers.

What is lactose intolerance?

People who are lactose intolerant have a difficult time digesting the naturally occurring milk sugar lactose.

What are common symptoms of lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is a very individual condition.  Stomachaches, bloating or gassiness are potential symptoms, but could also be caused by something else. It is important to talk with your health care provider.

Is lactose intolerance the same as a milk allergy?

No.  A milk allergy is caused by a reaction to the protein in milk.  This is different from lactose intolerance, which occurs when your body has a hard time digesting the natural sugar, lactose, in milk.  People with a milk allergy must avoid dairy, avoidance is not necessary for those who are lactose intolerant.