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Organic Milk Production

Presented by:

Under Supervision of:


Houssam Roushdi


Animal Production Dept. Faculty of Agriculture Cairo University

Ahmed Yehia S.Oraby Sylvia Wagdi Lotfi Basma Maher Mahfouz Doha Mohamed Abdul-Rahim

Out lines

Definition od Organic milk. Differences bet. Organic and Regular milk production. Consumers & Organic Organic milk supply Overview Organic vs. Conventional. Economics and Organic milk production Pasteur use in Organic milk production. Challenges of Organic milk production. The relationship bet. Organic experience and the Challenge of
4/25/12 Organic production.

What is the definition of organic milk ?

Is a milk from cows that have been exclusively fed organic feed, have not been treated with synthetic hormones or other chemicals, are not given certain medications to treat sickness.


*Organic Milk

What is the difference between Organic milk production and Regular milk production ?

Organic milk is obtained from cows that feed on grass that is not sprayed with fertilizers or other harmful chemicals. These cows are not injected with hormones to increase their milk production. On the contrary, the cows producing organic milk are left in the pastures to feed themselves in the natural environment. In short, the milk is produced in all natural conditions.

*Regular Milk Contrary to organic milk, regular or conventional milk is obtained from cows that are fed on grass sprayed with fertilizers or chemicals. There may also be a possibility of the cows being treated with hormones to enhance their milk production. Regular milk is obtained from cows that are kept in sheds (barn) and are fed on grain. Regular milk contains antibiotics and synthetic hormones, and has a lower shelf life as compared to organic milk.


Consumers and Organic

*Interest in organic is growing because more & more consumers aretaking a closer look at how their food choices impact their health 75% of Americans believe diet is a better influence on health than medicine More than 60% of consumers believe lowering their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals will lead to better health


*Consumers buy organic foods because they believe they are healthier for them and their families

Top Reasons Consumers Purchase Organic Foods

Health&Nutrition 66% Taste 38% Food Safety 30% Environment 26%


*Consumers buy organic dairy products because they are concerned about the affect on their health of added growth hormones, antibiotics and dangerous pesticides Top Reasons For Purchasing Organic Milk
-Concerned about growth hormones 76% -Concerned about antibiotics 73% -Concerned about pesticides 68%


In some respects were not that different than conventional milk

Organic farmers are affected by increases in energy costs When feed costs go up, its harder for farmers to make money, so they feed less high quality proteins, etc. We have spring flush, too

Organic Milk Supply Overview

In some respects, were very different from conventional farmers

Cost of raw milk supply rising due to increased competition and increased cost of production on 4/25/12

Organic Feed Costs are high

Contributing to
A slowdown in amount of land converting to Organic Higher price of raw milk

Combined with
Competitive demand for supply Added challenges from regulation changes


Economies of Size in Organic Milk Production

The emergence of large conventional dairy farms and the continued shift of production toward such farms suggest that economies of size play a major role in the structure of dairy farming. Economies of size and the role it takes in the structural changes observed in conventional milk production were documented by MacDonald et al. This section reports on the relationship between operation size and production costs in organic milk production, including what size and costs might mean for the structure of the industry.

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