The recent announcement by the National Milk Producers Federation that, as of Jan. 1, 2017, tail docking will not be permitted under the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program has ignited debate about the practice. Opinions in favor of or in opposition to the group's decision are varied.
For example, while the American Association of Bovine Practitioners has opposed tail docking for nearly two decades and California banned the act in 2009, the practic
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