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POSILAC ® CELEBRATES 20 YEARS New report details economic and environmental value delivered to dairy industry and society Since the first commercial sale of Posilac on Feb. 4, 1994, it has helped deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits, in addition to helping today’s dairy producers meet a growing demand for milk. To date, more than 37 million U.S. dairy cows have been supplemented with Posilac over its 20 years in the marketplace, reducing producers’ costs by about $6.3 billion over the two decades or $.50 to $1.50 on every hundredweight. Further, Posilac enables cows to produce about 10 lbs. more milk per day. Jeff Wilbur, owner of Rio Blanco Dairy in Tulare, Calif., was an early adopter of Posilac and has used the product in his herd nearly continually since. “It offers more milk. The math speaks for itself,” Wilbur said. Rio Blanco had a short lapse in use from July 2009 to July 2010 due to market conditions and premiums, but Wilbur reported a significant drop in milk production during that period. “We just didn’t have the milk we were accustomed to, so we went back to the product. As the dairy market improved through 2010 and 2011, the added milk was a real thrust to increase gross revenue adding to the financial healing.” In fact, six U.S. dairy cows supplemented with Posilac produce the same amount of milk as seven cows without it. Beyond the economic benefits, it also offers significant environmental resource savings. On average annually over the past 20 years Posilac use has resulted in: 3.2 million tons less feed required annually, enough to fill about 133,300 semi- trucks. (63.4 million tons cumulatively) 1,023 square miles less land use required each year, equal to half a million football fields which would be enough to circle the Earth’s equator when laid end to end. (20,464 square miles total) • An average of 95.6 billion gallons less water used annually, or the annual household consumption of the entire state of New Mexico. (1.9 trillion gallons total) • 4.6 million tons less manure produced, equivalent to the weight of 99 Titanics. (92 billion tons total) • 2.9 million metric tonnes less CO 2 equivalent produced, equal to removing 617,126 cars from the road. (58.5 million tonnes total) “Posilac plays an important role in reducing the environmental footprint of dairy production,” says Dennis Schaffler, senior director of Elanco’s dairy business unit. “This is critically important given the World Wildlife Fund reports the world is already overusing its resources, requiring 1.5 years to regenerate annual resource consumption.” Products like Posilac will be even more important in the future. While global dairy productivity has doubled in the past 50 years, there’s 14 percent less milk available per person today than in 1961. U.S. dairy producers reduced the deficit by adding an average of 8.85 billion 8-oz glasses of milk to our global supply annually due to Posilac use. But the gap will likely grow. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects demand for meat, eggs and dairy products to increase by 60 percent in the coming decades as 3 billion people Update on Human Health Concerns of rbST Use in Dairy Production In a presentation at the 29th Southwest Nutrition and Management Conference, Dr Dale Bauman of Cornell University presented recent research once again documenting that after extensive evaluation, there is no evidence of human health risks from rbST use. The presentation was an overview of a paper co-authored with Dr Robert Collier of the University of Arizona. The conclusions show that • milk and dairy products provide many essential nutrients and long-term health benefits; • recombinant bovine somatotropin is a technology that allows feed resources to be used more efficiently with less animal waste and a reduced carbon footprint; • and advances in knowledge and dairy industry experience with rbST over the last 20 years has raised no human health concerns. Dr Bauman cited the extensive reviews and research about rbST even before it was approved for commercial use in 1994. He then showed subsequent reviews by the United Nations Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives by the United Nations have documented that there is no appreciable risk to consumers and no 14 April 2014 DAIRYBUSINESSWEST need for acceptable daily limits or minimum residue limits. The 78th JECFA in 2013 conducted a review with four topics of special interest. They are a possible increase in antibiotic residues in milk from treatment of mastitis, a possible increase in milk IGF-1, potential effects on expression of viruses in cows and possible increases in health risks for infants and children from milk consumption, especially the risk of Type 1 diabetes. In each instance, Drs Bauman and Dr Dale Bauman, left, and Dr Robert Collier demonstrated Collier shown at the 29th Southwest conclusively that Nutrition and Management extensive industry Conference. experience as well as research showed that there are no instances of human or animal health concerns resulting from the use of rbST. www.dairybusiness.com
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