You used to be a dairy farmer, correct? Is there a difference between dairy cattle and beef cattle? I always assumed they got milk from the females and meat from both males and females.
Can you clarify this? I’m asking b/c if they only use steroid hormones in beef cattle, then drinking milk would presumably be clear from any steroid hormones.
If you are worried about hormones in your milk, you can start with organic food stores and inquire about where they get their milk. I believe you are the same reader that sent me the earlier posted email about how steroids in milk (when used) get broken down by the acid in the stomach so it does not get absorbed into the body (see Growth Hormones in Milk).
From the Wikipedia entry for “cattle” —
Cattle raised for human consumption are called “beef cattle”. Within the beef cattle industry in parts of the United States, the term “beef” (plural “beeves”) is still used in its archaic sense to refer to an animal of either gender. Cows of certain breeds that are kept for the milk they give are called “dairy cows” or “milking cows” (formerly “milch cows” â€“ “milch” was pronounced as “milk”) and their genetics are such that they produce high milk outputs whereas beef cattle are genetically created for their muscle mass.
Male bovine are called bulls (or steers if they are castrated) — and they do not have udders, nor do they produce dairy milk.