Which milk brands can you tell a cow’s name from?
AUSTIN (AP) — Which milk companies can tell a mother’s name and date of birth from a cow?
Most, but not all.
The Associated Press has asked the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to consider how the state can protect public health.
The AP recently asked for the answer from the board, which oversees the state’s dairy industry, and got it in a letter sent to the AP on Feb. 10.
The letter cites the AP’s report on the name and age of cows and the presence of bacteria on milk.
In the report, the AP said the Texas Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found no evidence of “the presence of any pathogenic bacteria or other potentially harmful bacteria” in the milk of a female dairy cow, which is a “strong indicator” that the cow is lactating, said state veterinarian Mike Haney, who oversees dairy in the state.
“If you are using the cow as a model for raising milk, then you are going to have a lot of success,” Haney said.
The Texas Department for Agriculture and Commerce has not responded to AP’s questions.
The dairy industry in Texas has grown from an estimated $7.5 billion in 2010 to $30.7 billion in 2020, according to a report by the Texas Tribune.
The state has one of the lowest rates of milk consumption in the country.
The average American family consumes 1.9 pounds of milk a day, according the National Dairy Council.
The report also said the milk industry in the United States is “overwhelmed” by demand for dairy products, including dairy products made from cows and goats.