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As their label proclaims, the Wiebe's do not use BST hormone on their cows. 

Hormone-free dairy products gain momentum in U.S. market

Sept. 22, 2006

By Amelia Buragas

http://www.cheesemarketnews.com/articlearch/topstories.html

MADISON, Wis. — A recent announcement by Dean Foods that it would begin sourcing milk specifically produced without the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) on the East Coast has dairy producers and processors taking notice.

Some in the dairy industry now are wondering if the move to go rBST-free — which has been derided by some as a decision based on emotion not science and tolerated by others as catering to a consumer niche — might be the next big trend in dairy.

Marguerite Kopel, spokesperson, Dean Foods, Dallas, says Dean made the decision in response to consumer demand in specific markets. Kopel says Dean Foods simply is making rBST-free milk available in some locations, such as its Franklin, Vt., plant, which also will continue to supply conventional milk.

“We are not doing something wholesale,” Kopel says, noting that farmers who currently use artificial hormones have not been asked to stop. Rather, the milk is being supplied by farms that have already chosen not to use rBST in production.

Chris Galen, vice president of communications, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), says recent interest in rBST-free milk is being driven in part by unmet consumer demand for organic dairy products. He says processors see rBST-free milk as a short-cut to organic production where a three-year transition process has caused a bottleneck in available supplies.

However, Galen notes that it has yet to be seen whether consumer demand for organic will translate into sales of rBST-free milk.

“It’s a little unclear how much of this is driven by consumer demand vs. what processors and retailers think is happening in the marketplace,” says Galen. “As there is conversion, we’ll have to see if the economics of the marketplace will support it.”

Doug DiMento, director of communications, Agri-Mark Inc., Lawrence, Mass., a cooperative wholesaler of milk, says its clients have asked the company to study the cost of supplying rBST-free milk. DiMento says Agri-Mark has deployed field representatives to survey how many farmers currently are using artificial growth hormones in their milk production and where they are located.

“We’ve always been a co-op that has given our farmers free choice, but we’ll have to see how the market plays out,” DiMento says.

And while recent developments have companies like Agri-Mark exploring the rBST-free possibilities, they are giving other companies a sense of vindication.

Officials at Oakhurst Dairy, Portland, Maine, say their company went rBST-free a decade ago to meet consumer demand.

“It was the right thing to do then, and it continues to be even more important to our customers today,” says Stan Bennett, president, Oakhurst. “Even though the FDA states that there is no significant difference in the milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormone, our consumers are concerned and we listen.”

Mark Wustenberg, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Tillamook, Ore., says the consumer response has been overwhelmingly positive since Tillamook pledged to go hormone-free in February 2005.

“We are still confident that we made the right decision,” Wustenberg says.

He adds that the use of artificial growth hormones “is probably more of an issue in the consumer’s mind today,” than when Tillamook made its decision to go rBST-free.

Monsanto, which manufactures and markets rBST, says that one-third of dairy farms in the United States use its product to increase milk production. Andrew Burchett, spokesperson, Monsanto, says the decision to use artificial hormones or not is a matter of freedom of choice.

Burchett says that if farmers are asked not to use rBST or other methods to increase their production, then they should be compensated for that restriction.

Last month, Monsanto began providing its customers with a producer decision guide that outlines questions for dairy producers to ask if they are approached with a request to supply rBST-free milk. The brochure emphasizes the right of farmers to choose how to produce milk.

“Farmers should have the freedom to choose how to best manage their operations,” Burchett says

World Dairy Expo 2006 - 2nd Place in the Flavored Natural Cheese Class.

This cheese was named a winner in the 13th Bi-ennial United States Championship Cheese Contest.

 
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