Nov 18, 2013
"To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity."
 - Friedrich Nietzsche

Dairy farmers read Hoard's Dairyman magazine for the latest milk information. Hoard's editors continuously forget that I am also a subscriber.

They write the dumbest editorials which reveal their Achilles hooves and udder secrets.


The October 10, 2013 issue is a prime example of such bad judgment. Hoard's editors reveal:

"Compared to a host of other herd health diseases Bovine leukosis (cow leukemnia) continues to fly under the radar...the disease afflicts some cows in nearly 90 percent of all U.S. dairy herds."

Thanks, Hoard's. Under the radar? No longer!

Do dairy insiders really want dairy consumers to know that they swallow body fluids from diseased animals with every sip of milk, spoonful of Greek yogurt, or slice of pizza?

After polling their readers, Hoard's determined the enormous extent of dairy farmer's ignorance:

"Only 3 percent of our readers reported having leukosis in their herds based on our Continuing Market Survey."

One out of thirty-three admit to having cows with bovine leukemia, while thirty out of thirty-three are actually guilty.

An extraordinary 90 percent of America's herds are affected.

Since milk from herds is pooled, every sip of milk contains leukemia virus. Every bite of cheese. Every slurp of ice cream.

How could Hoard's editorialize an issue which has the potential to gross out consumers and immediately end the milk industry? For Hoard's editors, some
words of consolation from America's great humorist:

"If stupidity got us into this mess,
then why can't it get us out?"
 - Will Rogers

Robert Cohen

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