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 and 2008, Wisconsin dairy producers had the opportunity to enroll in an Extension-led mastitis control program named Milk Money (MM) designed to provide a comprehensive team approach to manage milk quality by setting key goals, tasks and a 4-month timeline for each team.
Results of dairy producer participation in MM have been previously described; however, little is known about the role Extension played in the long-term success of MM teams. The primary objective of the research reported here was to evaluate the influence of Extension MM participation on team success. The secondary objective of the research was to evaluate the long-term performance and opinions of dairy producers previously enrolled in MM.

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The Influence of Extension on Team Success of a Milk Quality Improvement Program