Dairy Industry Research

Nutrient-rich dairy foods not only help children and adults build healthy diets, they also contribute to healthier lives. Learn more about the science that supports dairy’s health benefits.

October 2017


10/23/2017 (Nutrients) – Food Sources of Energy and Nutrients among Children

Milk is No.1 food source of 9 essential nutrients in diets of American children. Full Story

10/23/2017 (AllAboutFeed) – Strong heifers through optimised nutrition

The first 2 months of a dairy cow are critical. Full Story

10/19/2017 (NDC) – Come Visit a Dairy Farm…Virtually

You already know milk provides nine essential nutrients to nourish kids and adults, and you might be pleased – and surprised – to learn dairy cows have their own nutritionists. Full Story

10/18/2017 (NDC) – Dairy contributes to sustainable food systems

Dairy contributes to sustainable food systems. Learn more at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), Oct. 21-24 in Chicago. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Farm Journal) – Dairy Checkoff Returns $5 for Every Dollar of Promotion Spent

The aggregate benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of the dairy checkoff was $5.53 for 2013 and 2014, and $4.97 in 2015. That means that for every $1 spent in demand enhancement activities, dairy farmers realized $5.53 in 2013 and 2014, and $4.97 in 2015. Full Story

10/16/2017 (NDC) – Seven nutrients in yogurt that can help your body

You may enjoy yogurt because of its tangy taste, its ability to be savory or sweet or because of some brands’ probiotic benefits. Plus it’s just such a convenient way to get many of the nutrients your body needs. Full Story

10/13/2017 (NDC) – The U.S. dairy community accounts for only about 2% of U.S. GHG emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from milk production and consumption in the United States: A cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Food Network) – What’s the Deal With A2 Milk?

Could this cow milk be a new option for those with lactose intolerance? Full Story

10/9/2017 (DMI) – Diabetes and Dairy

Nov. 9, 2017: An educational webinar on diabetes and dairy from research to meal planning with opportunity for Q&A with experts. More

10/6/2017 (Healio) – Cow’s milk alternatives may increase risk for iodine deficiency

Consumption of milk-alternative drinks not fortified with iodine — including almond, soy or rice milk — in place of cows’ milk may increase the risk for iodine deficiency, according to findings published in British Journal of Nutrition. Full Story

10/5/2017 (AgDaily) – Mycogen unveils new corn silage for better feed efficiency

More feed efficiency, more milk? Yes, please. Mycogen Seeds has released Unified corn silage with SilaSoft technology to deliver unparalleled fiber digestibility combined with highly digestible starch in one hybrid. Full Story

10/5/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Offers Anti-Inflammatory Properties in Human Health

According to research, dairy products, particularly fermented dairy products, have anti-inflammatory properties in humans not suffering from allergies to milk. Full Story

10/3/2017 (NDC) – Healthy Aging: Protein and Physical Activity Can Help

“Growing old is not for sissies,” actress Bette Davis famously said, and she was right. But there are ways to foster healthy aging to improve vitality later in life. Full Story

10/3/2017 (American Agriculturalist) – Silage hybrid seed corn trial data makes you money

These milk producers find significant paybacks to scrutinizing silage seed corn trial data — more high-quality tonnage, more milk. Full Story

10/2/2017 (NDC) – Dairy Research for Your Business

Dairy Research for Your Business, outlines the current and completed nutrition, product and sustainability research spearheaded by NDC from 2012-2017. Full Story

10/2/2017 (NDC) – National Dairy Council Research Program Annual Report

Together, we work on behalf of dairy farmers to create knowledge, disseminate that knowledge through education and outreach initiatives, and work in service to the dairy community, providing guidance on a range of scientific topics. We are pleased to report another productive year. Full Story

September 2017


9/26/2017 (NDC) – Q3 Research Roundup: Yogurt, vitamin K, blood pressure and more

In this edition, we cover new research on yogurt and its beneficial associations with bone health in older adults and on body composition/metabolic health. Full Story

9/26/2017 (Women’s Health) – Kefir: The Protein-Packed Item You’re Probably Overlooking In The Dairy Aisle

Walking through the dairy aisle used to be simple. You grabbed your carton of fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt and low-fat milk and you went on your merry way. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Use Feed Space to Determine Stocking Ratio

When thinking about stocking density, most dairy farmers will look at the number of cows in a pen and then the number of freestalls in that pen. Full Story

9/25/2017 (CNN) – Is Cheese Healthy?

Yes, cheese is nutrient-rich — and tasty — but it’s best to consume it in small portions. Full Story

9/21/2017 (Milk Business) – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Dairy Processing Constraints

The lack of dairy processing capacity is having all kinds of consequences, good, bad and long-term. Full Story

9/20/2017 (WCMH) – Flavored Milk Matters: Why chocolate milk is the right option for kids

Often parents feel like they must choose between nutrition and taste when it comes to beverage options for their children, but with milk, they don’t have to! Milk, whether white or flavored, provides nine essential nutrients to help kids build strong bones and bodies. Full Story

9/19/2017 (IDFA) – Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop Oct. 3-4 in Dallas, TX

The Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop is designed to help dairy processing facilities improve pathogen control practices including PEM, sanitation, and sanitary design. The workshop was designed by dairy industry professionals for the benefit of the industry through the non-profit Innovation Center for US Dairy. Full Story

9/15/2017 (WHIO) – Three reasons why you should choose chocolate milk

Milk, white or chocolate, is the number one food source for three of the four nutrients of concern identified by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Full Story

9/14/2017 (NDC) – Can Dairy Foods Increase My Risk for Cancer?

Most of us have had an experience with cancer either personally or through family, friends or coworkers. It can be scary and confusing, so it’s understandable people are searching for ways to reduce their risk, which may include watching the foods they eat. Full Story

9/13/2017 (ScienceNordic) – Full-fat fermented milk products linked to lower risk of stroke

If your daily intake of dairy products leans towards fermented milk products, you probably have a lower risk of developing a blood clot in the brain, shows a new study.  Full Story

9/8/2017 (NY Times) – New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Loma Linda Health News) – Calcium source may matter in protecting against colorectal cancers, study says

The study, which was published in an online edition of the journal Public Health Nutrition, found that dairy foods, independent of their calcium components, were found to protect against rectal cancers, while calcium itself — whether from dairy or non-dairy sources or calcium supplements — appeared to protect against colon cancer. Full Story

9/1/2017 (Dairy Good) – Technology connects sister to each other, their dairy farm

The farm has been in the Larsen family for 60 years, and technology like this app keeps the three Larsen sisters, and their parents Burke and Lisa, close to the farm — and each other. Full Story

9/1/2017 (All About Feed) – Study: Lemongrass and rosemary for dairy goats

Supplementation of lemongrass and rosemary in the diet of lactating Damascus goats has a positive effect on nutrient digestibility and milk yield, with positive ruminal fermentation. Full Story

August 2017


8/31/2017 (USDA) – Back to School: School Meals Play Vital Nutrition Role for Kids

With millions of children now eating both breakfast and lunch at school, school meals play a crucial role in providing the nutrition foundation children need to succeed in the classroom. Full Story

8/31/2017 (NDC) – Dairy & Sustainability – Six things that may surprise you

In the past decade, the dairy community has voluntarily joined together to improve sustainability through science, innovation and adoption of best practices. The effort started with life cycle assessment research to find out where we stood. Full Story

8/27/2017 (EurekAlert) – Size matters when innovating dairy products

Imagine low-fat cream that’s easier to whip, cold butter that’s more spreadable, and dairy cream powders that can be tailored for a range of products from milk to cheese to yogurts. Full Story

8/24/2017 (DrinkMilk.com) – Choose Milk – Chocolate and Strawberry, too!

All milk — white, chocolate or strawberry — has the same nine essential nutrients. Flavored milk contributes very minimal sugar to children’s diets compared to other beverage choices, and it helps kids get nutrients they need but often lack. Full Story

8/22/2017 (NDC) – Understanding Cow’s Milk Allergy

A food allergy – whether to protein from cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts or other foods – is often misunderstood. Full Story

8/17/2017 (Food & Wine) – These Milk Capsules Dissolve in Your Coffee

In another giant leap for humankind, nutritional scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Germany recently created dissolvable milk capsules. Similar to sugar cubes filled with condensed milk, the crystalline pods dissolve when plopped into a hot drink, like coffee or tea. Full Story

8/17/2017 (NDC) – Ask Dr. Dairy: Is Dairy Environmentally Friendly?

Producing dairy foods requires natural resources such as energy, land and water so food can travel through the supply chain from farm to table. The dairy community takes environmental stewardship seriously and is committed to contributing to sustainable food systems. Full Story

8/11/2017 (NDC) – Experts answer questions about agriculture

Registered dietitian-nutritionists and students had the opportunity to ask agriculture experts questions about their farms. Full Story

8/7/2017 (Dairy Good) – Arizona farmer beats the heat for cows

The farm, Arizona Dairy Company, has been in business since 1973, and dealing with extreme heat comes with the arid territory. The family farm milks 6,500 cows three times a day, and making sure each cow is not impacted by the heat is job No. 1. Full Story

8/6/2017 (Dairy Business) – Dairy Research Centers: A Quiet But Powerful Checkoff Tool

DMI CEO Tom Gallagher describes how dairy research centers benefit farmers. Full Story

8/1/2017 (Dairy Good) – The many ways farmers care for their cows

While some methods may vary depending on farm size, location or other factors, across the country, dairy cows come first on a dairy farm – and we want to show you how that happens. Full Story

8/1/2017 (New York Post) – These ‘unhealthy’ foods don’t deserve their bad rep

Have you ever scarfed down a buttery slab of toast without feeling guilty? Or knocked back a brewski for the health benefits? This may sound like an alternate diet universe, but new science is revealing that some of our most-feared foods and drinks actually aren’t so bad for us — and can even do a body good. Full story

July 2017


7/31/2017 (NBC Dallas/Fort Worth) – Getting kids’ diets back on track

We sit down with registered dietitian Amy Goodson to go over healthy snack and breakfast options that you may want to add to your back-to-school grocery shopping list. Full Story

7/30/2017 (USA Today) – 10 reasons you’re always hungry

A registered dietitian explains 10 reasons why people don’t feel full and how to control appetite. One of the common reasons people feel hungry is because they are not consuming enough quality protein throughout the day. The article notes that dairy, legumes and lean meat are good sources of protein and can help keep appetite at bay. Full story

7/29/2017 (Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy) – Dairy Farms and Businesses are Advancing Sustainable Practices from Farm to Table

Winners announced for sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, progress report released. Full Story

7/28/2017 (CNN) – The healthiest of road trip fast food restaurant meals

A road trip might mean visiting friends, family or new places. But in addition to planning a day’s activities, it’s just as important to think about what you’ll be eating during your travels, especially if you don’t want to derail your diet. Full Story

7/27/2017 (Dairy Good) – Keeping it Fresh: Learning About Non-Fat Dry Milk

National Dairy Council has been receiving questions lately about non-fat dry milk powder and oxidized cholesterol, so we wanted to help clear up a few things about where food and nutrition science stand to address the topic more broadly. Full Story

7/27/2017 (Food Navigator) – How far do consumers want non-GMO claims to go in the dairy case? Right back to the farm, says Dannon

How deep into the supply chain do consumers expect food manufacturers to delve when it comes to label claims about genetic engineering (or its absence), and do they realize that not all non-GMO claims mean the same thing? Full Story

7/25/2017 (Nancy Clark) – Questions about chocolate milk

Chocolate milk is a vehicle to get carbs (sugar) into the body to refuel depleted muscle glycogen after a hard workout — a time when you are hot and thirsty and might not want solid food. Chocolate milk is a good combination of protein (to build and repair muscles) and carbs (sugar, to refuel muscles). Full Story

7/21/2017 (Reader’s Digest) – Protein shakes aren’t just for young gym buffs, anymore

You might be used to seeing twenty-somethings in tight sports gear promoting whey protein supplements, but that may be about to change. According to new research from McMaster University, whey protein and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula can greatly improve the physical strength of senior citizens. Full Story

7/20/2017 – Study shows dairy industry should focus on milk nutritional value

Researchers at North Carolina State University said a study on consumer perceptions of milk shows the industry should focus on the nutrition value of milk, and educating consumers about milk. Full Story