UW Milk Quality

Our focus

UW Milk Quality promotes an integrated, team-based approach to best manage udder health and milk quality. Producing high quality milk is not a one-person job. It takes farmers and their local dairy advisors to be able to evaluate, manage and improve milk quality. At UW Milk Quality, we develop tools and resources to help dairy producers meet their milk quality goals and increase farm profitability.
Mastitis Control

Mastitis is detected by inflammation that is caused by infection by microorganisms and occurs in both clinical and subclinical forms. Mastitis remains the most common disease of dairy cows and treatment or prevention of this disease is the most common reason that antibiotics are administered to cows.

Drug Residue Avoidance

Preventing antibiotic drug residues in milk and meat requires constant vigilance from all parties involved in the milk production process. The use of antimicrobials to treat food animals is under increased scrutiny by consumers, governmental officials and regulatory agencies and must be well justified.

Teat End Health

The teat canal is the primary physical and chemical barrier to invasion of mastitis pathogens into the udder. After repeated milkings, changes may appear in teat-end tissue, such as discoloring or callosity. Routinely evaluating teat health in the parlor will help reduce hyperkerotosis and teat barrel congestion in the herd.

Machine Milking

The main goals of machine milking are to remove the available milk from each cow’s udder quickly and completely, without slipping, with minimum discomfort to the cow and minimum damage to teats. Liner design, claw vacuum and pulsation greatly affect milking characteristics and performance.

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About Us

UW Milk Quality is an online resource created to provide dairy producers, veterinarians and industry professionals the tools to improve herd health and milk quality.
Strong Commitment to Wisconsin Dairy

The insights and contributions of these organizations clearly demonstrate a strong commitment to the Wisconsin dairy industry. Our mission is to improve the quality of milk and enhance the profitability and competitiveness of Wisconsin in the global dairy economy. The issues addressed and information provided will be useful for all involved in the production of milk—dairy farmers, veterinarians, educators, dairy advisors, researchers, field representatives and many more.

  • UW-Extension
  • UW Dairy Science
  • UW Biological Systems Engineering
  • UW CALS and School of Veterinary Medicine
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Our Team

Pamela L. Ruegg, DVM, MPVM
Professor and Extension Specialist
Dr. Ruegg’s research interests are focused on the application of epidemiologic techniques to critical issues related to milk quality and safety, and enhancing on-farm implementation of best management practices to improve herd health.
Douglas J. Reinemann, PhD
Professor and Department Director
Dr. Reinemann has worked at the interface between energy and agricultural systems for the past 20+ years. His studies have included energy use and production in agricultural systems.
Nikki Lennart, MS
Outreach Specialist
Nikki has been with UW Milk Quality for almost fours years developing web content and online tools for producers. She enjoys combining her agricultural background with web design and video production.

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