21 May 1999
BST not a good idea, says scientist

INJECTING cows with bovine somatotrophin (BST) at frequent intervals seems an “unnecessarily crude” method of raising milk yields, writes a professor in The Times.

Improvements in nutrition can be equally effective, writes James Greenhalgh, professor emeritus of animal production and health at the University of Aberdeen.

Europe does not need BST, especially if its use should tarnish the image of an industry slowly recovering from the effects of BSE, he concludes.

  • The Times 21/05/02/99 page 27 (Letters)