Factory Dairy Farm Environmental Impact

Have A Look In A Factory Dairy Farm

Placid Milk Cows enjoying their second chew

Many of us love milk for ice cream, milk shakes, yogurt, cereal or just a cold refreshing glass with our meal.  We imagine the placid looking cows, grazing in a field of green pasture. Such a pleasant thought to imagine.  But, lurking in the background is a factory dairy farm.  This might be a shocking revelation for you.

Of course the dairy farm is a business with a goal of maximizing production and profit, like most any other commercial enterprise.  Within a dairy farm, Issues to consider are to maximize milk output per cow, to use feed with the proper nutrition for maximum health and manage cattle feed growth for highest yield.

Many business improvements will generate both a gain and a loss, a pro and a con.  The dairy business actions are no exception.  A concentration of cattle in the minimum area will also concentrate the urine and manure waste problem.  Where does it go?  Probably the nearest stream, carrying with it a high content of chemicals that will create an imbalance in the water.

Cattle feed,such as alfalfa, is often sprayed with a pesticide to minimize loss of growth to bugs.  Often, the chemical overspray results in negative effects for neighboring farms and communities.  This is certainly not a welcome addition for their environments.  The spray chemicals can have health impact for both people and other animals.

Chemical additives to cattle feed can have long term impact on both the cattle as well as the people who drink the milk.   The consumers can be unaware of its effect in the long term.  antibiotics and hormones can both have a lasting consequence, especially in children.

The below video explores the environment within a factory style dairy farm.  The word “factory” is used to describe a milk production process that organizes and exploits each action required for the cows to give the most milk. High efficiency is the desired objective, getting the best ROI (return on investment).

 

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