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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: August 2021

Selected Articles from Aug 2021 Environmental Management and Sustainability Invited review: Sustainability: Different perspectives, inherent conflict. Schiano AN, Drake MA. J Dairy Sci. 2021 Aug 25:S0022-0302(21)00832-8. Consumer definitions of sustainability are...

Benefits of California Dairy Using Byproducts as Feeds

Key Take-A-Ways Overall, this research shows that the use of byproducts in dairy rations benefits both agriculture and the environment, improving the sustainability of California agriculture. The average share of byproducts in the ration differs across dairy...

Dairy Methane Reduction Strategies for California Dairies

Key Take-A-Ways Economic impact of methane emissions reductions varies by herd size and manure management practices employed. Methane emissions from California dairy manure management are declining with adoption of alternative manure management practices and...
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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