By Mark C. Eisler

Intensive farming: When less means more on dairy farms

Nature 512, 7515 (2014). doi:10.1038/512371b

Authors: Mark C. Eisler, Michael R. F. Lee & Graeme B. Martin

Vanishing profit margins in dairy farming are intensifying pressure on the ubiquitous, genetically elite, high-yielding Holstein milk cow. A radical change in strategy is needed — less-intensive agriculture and a reduction in consumer wastage (see could more than compensate for lost production.The