RECORDING | rBST – Friend or Foe?

By Food Focus on 12 April 2023

rBST is a hormone that is injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. In the recent past rBST has been at the receiving end of a lot of negative attention. Is this justified?

During the webinar from The Dairy Standard Agency, the following will be discussed:
• What is BST and rBST?
• What is the difference between BST and rBST?
• How does it work?
• Is it dangerous?
• Why do so many milk buyers ban the use of rBST on dairy farms?
• The pros and cons of rBST

Please note: The speaker presenting this webinar will be neither FOR nor AGAINST the use of rBST. Since the use of hormones can be a controversial issue, the discussion will be presented from a neutral standpoint, with the aim of educating on the facts of this topic.


DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION -  Download rBST - Friend or Foe - DSA 26 April 2023.pdf


Dr. Mark Chimes
Dairy Standard Agency

Dr. Chimes qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1986. He spent the first 30 years in private practice, of which 13 years were spent in the UK. In 2013 he joined Deltamune laboratory as their ruminant technical advisor. Deltamune offered laboratory testing for disease diagnosis as well as analytical tests for the dairy industry. In addition, they also produced vaccines for production animals.

In 2016 he joined the Dairy Standard Agency (DSA) where he has been auditing dairy farms to ensure compliance with quality and safety standards. These audits assist the farmer to also comply with animal welfare and biosecurity standards. Through the audits, Dr. Chimes visits more than 150 dairy farms a year. As a result, he has an intimate knowledge of various dairy farm management systems.

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