The lastest paper on organic dairy production is now in press in the Journal of Dairy Science. Dr. Pamela Ruegg and her research team assesses the association of bulk tank milk standard plate counts, bulk tank coliform counts (CC), and the presence of Staphylococcus aureus in bulk tank milk. Various management and farm characteristics on organic and conventional dairy farms throughout New York, Wisconsin, and Oregon were studied. They found that conventional and organic farms were similar in regard to overall herd management, but each grazing system faced unique challenges when managing
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Risk factors associated with bulk tank standard plate count, bulk tank coliform count, and the presence of Staphylococcus aureus on organic and conventional dairy farms in the United States Published online: 21 October 2013 K.M. Cicconi-Hogan, M. Gamroth, R. Richert, P.L. Ruegg, K.E. Stiglbauer, Y.H. Schukken DOI: 10.3168/jds.2012-6505.