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dry cow treatment

The use of antibiotic dry cow therapy at the end of lactation is part of standard mastitis control programs. UW Milk Quality kicks off a new four-part video series outlining ways to decrease the number of existing intramammary infections and/or prevent new infections during the early weeks of the dry period.

Hot off the Press: Machine Milking: Volume One

Mysteries of milking explained. Have you ever tried to explain the mysteries of milking machines to clients, dealers or students, or wondered which machine settings are best for a particular client? If so, then help is at hand. Two founding members of the UW Milking Research and Instruction Laboratory – Graeme Mein and Doug Reinemann[…]

To Dry Treat or Not to Dry Treat

To Dry Treat or Not to Dry Treat: Managing Dry Off to Produce High Quality Milk P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison The dry period is known to be an important risk period for mastitis. The use of comprehensive antibiotic dry cow therapy (DCT) has long been recommended as the primary strategy[…]

Association of bedding types with management practices and indicators of milk quality on larger Wisconsin dairy farms

R.F. Rowbotham, P.L. Ruegg Received: May 26, 2015; Accepted: June 26, 2015; Published Online: August 19, 2015 Publication stage: In Press Corrected Proof ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to identify associations of bedding type and selected management practices with bulk milk quality and productivity of larger Wisconsin dairy farms. Dairy herds (n =[…]

Impact of Mastitis on Reproductive Performance

Pamela L. Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, Paul Fricke, PhD & Maria Jose Fuenzalida, University of WI, Dept. of Dairy Science, Madison WI Introduction On many dairy farms, reproductive failure and the occurrence of mastitis are two of the most common management problems. Risk factors for mastitis and reproductive disorders are similar and it can be difficult[…]

NPR: Mood Music for Milking

Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams? When it’s time to buckle down and focus, plenty of office workers will put on headphones to help them drown out distractions and be more productive. But can music also help dairy cows get down to business? Some dairy farmers have long suspected that’s the case. It’s[…]

Drug Residue Avoidance Resources

UW Extension Dairy Team Drug Residue Avoidance Resources Preventing drug residues in milk and meat requires constant vigilance from all parties involved in the milk production process.  In NMC’s March 2015 E-Newsletter, NMC provides a variety of resources available for outreach and education regarding drug residue prevention.  Those resources include: Milk and Dairy Beef Residue Prevention[…]

CIAS Report: Outwintering Dairy Cattle

Outwintering Dairy Cattle: Animal Health Issues The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. CIAS was created to build UW sustainable agriculture research programs that respond to farmer and citizen needs and involve them in setting research agendas. Follow the link[…]

Risks, Realities, Responsibilities with Mastitis Treatment

Risks, Realities and Responsibilities Associated with Mastitis Treatments Pamela L. Ruegg University of Wisconsin Madison, WI USA Presented at 2014 Regional Meeting National Mastitis Council, Ghent Belgium. Introduction 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[…]

UW-Madison chosen to develop curriculum for major dairy training program in China

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected to develop the curriculum for a new $400 million dairy training center being established by the Nestle corporation in China’s northeast province of Heilongjiang. Nestle executives will be on campus on June 10 to sign a three-year, $1.7 million agreement under which UW-Madison personnel will design and help[…]

Minimizing the Risk for Ketosis

Introduction Although most cases of ketosis occur in fresh dairy cows, feeding practices and cow health prepartum can predispose cows to experiencing ketosis after calving. Most cases of primary ketosis occur within the first 2 weeks of calving, and even most secondary ketosis (occurring after the onset of another disease) occurs within the first 30[…]

Upcoming Dairy Cattle Webinars from eXtension

These eXtension webinars are geared toward bringing pertinent information to dairy producers, extension educators, allied industry professionals, and veterinarians across the United States. Discovering Hidden Feed Costs for the Milking Herd Dr. Micheal Brouk, Kansas State University November 7, 2013 12:00 PM Central Time Unsure of where your dairy’s feeding program might be leaking money?[…]

Another paper posted in press!

The lastest paper on organic dairy production is now in press in the Journal of Dairy Science. Dr. Pamela Ruegg and her research team assesses the association of bulk tank milk standard plate counts, bulk tank coliform counts (CC), and the presence of Staphylococcus aureus in bulk tank milk. Various management and farm characteristics on[…]

New Concepts in Mastitis Control

From the Hoard’s Dairyman Webinar Archives Presenter: Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin Host: Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois The production of high quality milk is based on prevention of mastitis and early detection of new infections. This webinar helps producer and advisers understand some of the new technologies that are being used for detection and diagnosis[…]

7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines

New Video Series: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines UW Milk Quality introduces this new video series focusing on how to effectively milk cows to produce high quality milk. Dr. Pamela Ruegg from the University of Wisconsin will discuss the science behind effective milking routine in seven practical habits. Each habit will have[…]

Mastitis Management on Your Organic Dairy

WEBINAR: Mastitis Management on Your Organic Dairy Join eOrganic for a webinar on managing mastitis on your organic farm with Dr. Guy Jodarski on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM Central, 12  PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific Time).  The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration[…]

Understanding and Managing Drug Usage on Dairy Farms

Antimicrobial Residues and Resistance: Understanding and Managing Drug Usage on Dairy Farms In modern dairy cattle operations, antimicrobials are administered for both therapeutic and prophylactic purposes. Most antimicrobials are used therapeutically but some antimicrobials are used to prevent disease in healthy animals during periods of increased susceptibility. The objective of this paper is to review[…]

Making Antibiotic Treatment Decisions for Mastitis

Improving Mastitis Treatments by Targeted Antimicrobial Therapy Control of mastitis caused by Streptococcus agalactiae and Staphylococcus aureus has resulted in reductions in bulk tank somatic cell count (SCC) but many herds continue to struggle with treatment of clinical mastitis caused by environmental pathogens. While farmers often remember the most severe cases of mastitis, research demonstrates[…]

Improving Microbiological Services for Dairies

In spite of considerable progress in improvement of milk quality, mastitis continues to be the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows, however few veterinarians are actively involved in mastitis control programs. On most farms, detection, diagnosis and administration of treatments for clinical mastitis are the responsibility of farm personnel and veterinarians are often[…]

In Press: Perceptions and Risk for Lameness

In Press: Perceptions and risk factors for lameness on organic and small conventional dairy farms Lameness is a common condition of dairy cattle that negatively affects the well-being of animals in both organic (ORG) and conventional (CON) management systems (Marley et al., 2010). Management factors that have been associated with the prevalence of lameness include[…]

ADSA – ASAS Joint Annual Meeting 2013

Be Sure to Attend the Premier Animal and Dairy Science Gathering in the World! July 8-12, 2013 Indianapolis, Indiana The Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) offers a diverse scientific program offering over 2,200 oral and poster presentations showcasing the scientific work of over 3,000 scientists. Enjoy more than 35 symposia presented by the world’s leading animal[…]

Impact of Organic Management Research Completed

The long-term, multistate research project aimed to identify organic management factors influencing dairy herd health and milk quality is complete. Led by University of Wisconsin dairy science professor and extension milk quality specialist, Dr. Pamela Ruegg, researchers from Cornell University, Oregon State University and UW-Madison collected animal health and management data on nearly 200 organic[…]

In Press: Mastitis, Ketosis and Pneumonia

In Press: Risk factors for clinical mastitis, ketosis and pneumonia in dairy cattle on organic and small conventional farms in the United States The US regulations for production of organic milk include a strict prohibition against the use of antimicrobials and other synthetic substances. The effect of these regulations on dairy animal health has not[…]

Managing Mastitis: Environmental Streptococci

New Video! Managing Mastitis: Environmental Streptococci In the latest episode of the Managing Mastitis series, Dr. Pamela Ruegg from the University of Wisconsin discusses diagnosis, treatment and effective control programs for Environmental Streptococci pathogens. Learn why the focus should be on prevention with special emphasis on the dry period and which cows are most at[…]

Power Lines and Organic Dairy Farming

Power Lines and Organic Dairy Farming “As power line moves in, an organic farm ponders its future” Midwest Energy News Posted on 3/15/2013 by Dan Haugen An organic dairy farm in Minnesota has become a high-profile example of the tensions that can emerge as new transmission lines are built through the rural countryside. The owners[…]

New Managing Mastitis Episode: Klebsiella

New Managing Mastitis Episode: Klebsiella UW Milk Quality releases the fourth episode in its Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series. Klebsiella is a common Gram-negative pathogen in clinical mastitis cases. This video discusses the environmental sources and potential contagious transmissions of Klebsiella and control and treatment options for your dairy herd. Click here to download Klebsiella[…]

WI Dairy & Beef Animal Well-Being Conference

Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Animal Well-Being Conference March 8, 2013 at the Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center Kimberly, Wisconsin UW-Extension will be hosting its fourth annual conference on March 8, 2013 in Kimberly, WI to address the emerging issue of animal handling and well-being. Program Learning Objectives and Intended Outcomes: Increase knowledge or understanding of improved dairy[…]

Quality Milk Conference February 12-13th

Quality Milk Conference February 12-13th The Wisconsin Dairy Field Representatives Conference will be held in Madison, WI this February 12-13th. This annual technical conference serves the educational needs of the diverse population of professionals who serve dairy producers in the Upper Midwest region. The program will feature University of the Wisconsin professors, speakers from DATCP[…]

Published: Assessment of Herd Management

Assessment of herd management on organic and conventional dairy farms in the United States Journal of Dairy Science, 2013 K.E. Stiglbauer*, 1 K.M. Cicconi-Hogan†, 1 R. Richert‡, 1 Y.H. Schukken† P.L. Ruegg‡ M. Gamroth* * Department of Animal Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis 97331 † Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell Veterinary Medicine,[…]

Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series Continues

Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series Continues The new UW Milk Quality video series, “Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series” was just launched last month to bring to light the various pathogens that cause mastitis on dairy farms. Each episode introduces a new pathogen and provides treatment and control recommendations for decreasing the risk of infection within[…]

Plan for Winter Dairy Udder Health Now

Plan for Winter Dairy Udder Health Now Article taken from: North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication – Oct. 4, 2012 Source: J.W. Schroeder Editor: Ellen Crawford             Limit cows’ exposure to cold temperatures and use proper milking practices. This week’s sudden shift in the weather is a stark[…]

Influence of Extension on Milk Quality Success

The Influence of Extension on Team Success of a Milk Quality Improvement Program Mastitis control programs are effective at increasing milk production on dairy farms and improving overall dairy profitability. Different approaches have been used; however, most programs focus on adoption of research-based practices that reduce the amount of subclinical and clinical mastitis. Between 2001[…]

Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series

Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series The new UW Milk Quality series, “Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series” brings to light the various pathogens that cause mastitis on dairy farms. Each episode introduces a new pathogen and provides treatment and control recommendations for decreasing the risk of infection within herds. This first episode in the series focuses[…]

It’s Here! A Great Read For Fall

It’s Here! A Great Read For Fall Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice Mastitis in Dairy Cows On a daily basis, veterinarians work with dairy producers to implement preventive health care programs that will ensure the well-being of cows, minimize the use of antimicrobials, and result in the production of safe, high-quality dairy[…]

Milestone in Mastitis Management Unveiled: SmartSAMM

Milestone in Mastitis Management Unveiled: SmartSAMM NEW ZEALAND–A new dairy industry resource for managing mastitis and improving milk quality has been unveiled by DairyNZ at the New Zealand Milk Quality Conference in Hamilton today. Known as SmartSAMM, the new online resource builds on the success of the SAMM Plan (seasonal approach to managing mastitis) with[…]

This Just In: More Project COW Comparison Tools

This Just In: More Project COW Comparison Tools By identifying indicators of animal health and milk quality, additional performance benchmark reports for participating organic dairy farms were created from our study, “Impact of Organic Management on Dairy Animal Health and Well-Being”. The peer benchmarking approach can help organic farmers identify areas of strengths and weaknesses[…]

Episode #3: Clinical Mastitis in Dairy Cows

Episode #3: Clinical Mastitis in Dairy Cows UW Milk Quality has released yet another installment in its video series, Organic Dairy Health Management. In this month’s episode, Dr. Pamela Ruegg discusses the causes of clinical mastitis in dairy herds and outlines monitoring and management strategies to reduce occurrence. Coming Soon: “Evaluating Mastitis Treatment Outcomes”  

Annual Bike Ride for Beginning Dairy Farmers

Annual Bike Ride for Beginning Dairy Farmers Wisconsin Ag Connection – 04/30/2012 Dozens of cyclists will be riding through the rolling hills of rural Dane and Green counties later this spring to raise funds for a program that helps Wisconsin’s next generation of dairy farmers get off to a good start. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s[…]

March Dairy Webinars from Penn State Extension

March Webinars and Conference Calls from Penn State Extension Dairy Team Analyzing Your Test-Day Records Improving Dairy Profitability Designing Quality Resting Areas Adding Expertise to Your Dairy Team Penn State Dairy Data Analysis Tools: Doing More with Test Day Records Webinar The Penn State Dairy Data Analysis Tools webinar series includes separate trainings on how[…]

UW Student Research: Milk Pricing

UW Student Research: Milk Pricing Contributor: Rob Rowbothan Born and raised on the family dairy genetics farm, Rob has been involved in the Wisconsin dairy industry all his life. He earned both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in dairy science at UW-Madison focusing on business and dairy cattle breeding. His academic achievements led him to[…]

UW Student Research: Use of Veterinarians

Use of Veterinarians on Organic and Conventional Dairy Farms Contributor: Roxann Richert A Wisconsin native, Roxann attended Southeast Missouri State University as an undergrad and followed her studies eastward to Ithaca, New York where she received her DVM at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Roxann is a research assistant for the Impact of Organic[…]

UW Milk Quality Video Series Debut

UW Milk Quality Video Series Debut UW Milk Quality just released its video series: Organic Dairy Health Management. The series will focus on animal health issues and management solutions on organic dairy farms. In the first episode, “Animal Health Regulations for Organic Dairy Herds,” Dr. Pamela Ruegg outlines key health regulations from the USDA National Organic Program[…]

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Introducing Weekly Series on Mastitis and Milk Management

Introducing Weekly Series on Mastitis and Milk Management Dairy Cattle Mastitis and Milk Management We will be featuring the “Dairy Cattle Mastitis and Milk Management” Series from Dairy eXtension with new articles posted every week. eXtenision is an online resource where researchers from land-grant universities gather and produce new educational materials on wide-ranging agricultural topics. Join us[…]

UW Student Research: Clinical Mastitis Treatment

UW Student Research: Clinical Mastitis Treatment Contributor: Leane Oliveira From São Paulo, Brazil, Leane received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from São Paulo State University where she helped small dairy farms improve their profitability. During this time, Leane realized the importance of milk quality. After meeting Dr. Ruegg in Brazil, she applied for an internship at[…]

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UW Milk Quality: A Resource for ALL!

UW Milk Quality: A Resource for ALL! Welcome to the new UW Milk Quality website! We are excited to showcase our strong commitment to the Wisconsin dairy industry with the launch of our new site. The departments of Dairy Science and Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison join forces to offer you updated tools and resources to[…]