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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 2023

Environmental Management and Sustainability Assessing the environmental impact of resource recovery from dairy manure. Glover CJ, McDonnell A, Rollins KS, Hiibel SR, Cornejo PK. J Environ Manage. 2023 Jan 4;330:117150. Manure management is a major contributor to...

California’s ‘Planet-Smart Dairy’ Picks Up Momentum

More investments in research and incentives are coming soon to further advance the development of planet-smart dairy farm practices. California is advancing planet-smart dairy farming in a big way. Dairy methane reduction projects on 400-plus farms are eliminating or...

Dairy Research Bulletin: Selected Articles from December 2022

Environmental Management and Sustainability Development of a point-source model to improve simulations of manure lagoon interactions with the environment. Rudko N, Muenich RL, Garcia M, Xu T. J Environ Manage. 2023 Jan 1;325(Pt A):116332. In recent decades animal...

New Report: California is Pioneering a Pathway to Significant Dairy Methane Reduction

Analysis by UC Davis researchers shows continued implementation of California's incentive-based dairy methane reduction efforts should, by 2030, achieve the full 40% reduction goal. DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 14, 2022 -- The California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) and...

Drinking the Daily Recommended Intake of Milk Boosts Brain Health in Older Adults

Written by: Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D. for and SPLASH! Concentrations of a critical antioxidant called glutathione decrease in the brain as humans age, making the brain vulnerable to oxidative stress. An intervention study on adults over 60 years...
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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