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California Dairy Research Foundation

Dairy research is essential to the continued innovation of California’s thriving dairy industry.

For more than 30 years, CDRF has supported the California dairy industry through relevant and emergent research, producer education and outreach. CDRF is primarily funded by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which receives check-off dollars from California dairy producers.

CDRF collaborates and partners with other dairy industry organizations to best support the California dairy industry. CDRF seeks project co-funding wherever applicable to maximize funding and research investment opportunities.

Dairy Research Bulletin: Selected Articles from January 2024

Environmental Management and Sustainability Fifty years of environmental progress for United States dairy farms. Rotz CA, Beegle D, Bernard JK, Leytem A, Feyereisen G, Hagevoort R, Harrison J, Aksland G, Thoma G. J Dairy Sci. 2024 Jan 10:S0022-0302(24)00010-9. Dairy...

New Dairy Plus Program Awards Nearly $18 Million for Projects Reducing Greenhouse Gasses on Dairies

DAVIS, CA – The California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation last month announced the award of $17.97 million in grant funding through the Dairy Plus Program to 15...

New Planet-Smart Feeds Coming Soon to California Dairies

By Dairy Cares Farmers and tech companies turn sprouted grains and aquatic plants into environmental solutions.  Animal nutrition is a major driver in dairy sustainability and a key factor in how California dairies have already significantly reduced their...

Dairy Research Bulletin: Selected Articles from December 2023

Environmental Management and Sustainability Effects of environmental and housing system factors on ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from cattle barns: A meta-analysis of a global data collation.Çinar G, Dragoni F, Ammon C, Belik V, van der Weerden TJ, Noble A,...

Automatic Milking Systems Increasingly Used in California Amid Labor Challenges

PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 10, 2023 From left to right: Former UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine researcher Fernanda Ferreira, Fred Rau Dairy manager Shonda Reid and UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor Daniela Bruno have collaborated on studies of large dairies in...
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Nutrition & Health, Product Innovation

Promote the health and nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products.

Dairy Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Ensure dairy products are safe and maintain quality throughout the value chain.

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Environmental Management, Educations, and Industry Outreach

Promote and protect California dairy industry values and integrity.

The California Milk Advisory Board is the major sponsor of the California Dairy Research Foundation