Video SHORTS: Using SCC to Evaluate Subclinical Mastitis

Subclinical mastitis is the most common form of the disease on many dairy farms, and is diagnosed based on observation of the cow’s immune response to infection of the udder. The only way we can measure minimal immune response is to measure monthly somatic cell counts. Check out these video shorts on how to use Read more about Video SHORTS: Using SCC to Evaluate Subclinical Mastitis[…]

Sign Up! Monthly Mastitis Minute

You’ll get the latest news and resources tailored to the UW Milk Quality community. Whether you’re a dairy producer, veterinarian or other supporting consultant, there’s something for everyone. Click to SUBSCRIBE! December 2016 Winter Teat Care  November 2016 Choosing the Right Bedding Type to Reduce Environmental Mastitis October 2016 Mastitis Treatment Protocols and Key Performance Indicators September Read more about Sign Up! Monthly Mastitis Minute[…]

test your mastitis know-how

Test your mastitis treatment know-how with these interactive case studies. The Perks: You will get instant feedback on your treatment decisions based on common mastitis cases. You will also get your scores and comments directly emailed to you after completing each quiz. And it’s free!

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.

Unlimited Access to UWMQ’s On Farm Culturing Series

Using On Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment This new series will guide you through the principles of on farm culturing and selective mastitis treatment. You will learn what you need to get started, how to collect sterile milk samples, culture bacteria and how to diagnose results. Watch videos, download guides and submit your questions Read more about Unlimited Access to UWMQ’s On Farm Culturing Series[…]

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 Read more about Hot off the Press: Machine Milking: Volume One[…]

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 = Read more about Association of bedding types with management practices and indicators of milk quality on larger Wisconsin dairy farms[…]

Using On Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment

This new video series will guide you through the principles of on farm culturing and selective mastitis treatment. You will learn what you need to get started, how to collect sterile milk samples, culture bacteria and diagnose results. Throughout this series, too, we will discuss which mastitis cases are treatable with antibiotics (and which are not) and how Read more about Using On Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment[…]

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 Read more about Impact of Mastitis on Reproductive Performance[…]

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 Read more about Drug Residue Avoidance Resources[…]

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 Read more about CIAS Report: Outwintering Dairy Cattle[…]

Launching Series: Evaluating Milking Performance

UW Milk Quality and the UW Milking Research and Instruction Lab bring you this new video series on evaluating milking performance. Throughout the series, you’ll learn how to perform various milking time tests to assess the final goal of milking cows quickly, completely and gently. In this first episode, Dr. Doug Reinemann and researcher John Penry Read more about Launching Series: Evaluating Milking Performance[…]

Cow Talk with an Expert: Mastitis Treatments

Risks, Realities and Responsibilities Associated with Mastitis Treatments 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 (Pol and Ruegg, 2007, Saini et al., 2012). Mastitis is detected by inflammation that is caused by infection by microorganisms Read more about Cow Talk with an Expert: Mastitis Treatments[…]

Facts about using PCR to diagnose mastitis

PCR, PFGE, ABCD…Understanding and Using Molecular Tests to Diagnose and Control Mastitis Pamela L. Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, University of WI, Dept. of Dairy Science, Madison WI USA Introduction The technical definition of mastitis is “inflammation of the mammary gland” but on a practical basis, almost all bovine mastitis is caused by bacteria [1]. Appropriate mastitis Read more about Facts about using PCR to diagnose mastitis[…]

It’s that time again! World Dairy Expo

Designer Dairy 2014 The doors are open! Today is the first day of World Dairy Expo 2014. This year’s theme, Designer Dairy, focuses on the newest research, products and services that are relevant to today’s dairy operations–making Expo the industry’s “must attend” event. Thousands of visitors from countries around the world are expected to gather at Read more about It’s that time again! World Dairy Expo[…]

Making Responsible Choices about Antibiotic Drug Use

Making Responsible Choices about Antibiotic Drug Use New Video Series! UW Milk Quality is back with a new video series: ‘Making Responsible Choices about Antibiotic Drug Use.’ As consumer consciousness about the food system increases, so do the concerns over antibiotic drug use and the potential of drug residue in the dairy industry. In this Read more about Making Responsible Choices about Antibiotic Drug Use[…]

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 Read more about Risks, Realities, Responsibilities with Mastitis Treatment[…]

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 Read more about UW-Madison chosen to develop curriculum for major dairy training program in China[…]

Just Published: Welfare of Calves and Adult Dairy Cows

Comparison of selected animal observations and management practices used to assess welfare of calves and adult dairy cows on organic and conventional dairy farms J. Dairy Sci. 97 :1–12 M. A. Bergman ,* R. M. Richert ,* K. M. Cicconi-Hogan ,† M. J. Gamroth ,‡ Y. H. Schukken ,† K. E. Stiglbauer ,‡ and P. Read more about Just Published: Welfare of Calves and Adult Dairy Cows[…]

Registration Open for 2014 NMC Regional Meeting in Belgium

The program has been finalized and registration is now open for the National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting, scheduled for August 4-6, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium.  This meeting marks the first time an NMC meeting will be held outside North America. Previous regional meetings have been held in Canada and Mexico, however NMC has not had Read more about Registration Open for 2014 NMC Regional Meeting in Belgium[…]

DAIReXNET webinar: Milking System Design

Roger Thomson, DVM, Milk Quality Consultant April 7, 2014 The milking system is the heart of any dairy operation, and requires a lot of consideration! Dr. Thomson will talk about the design and analysis of a milking system, including some reasons a producer might consider changing the milking system, frequency of evaluation, and basic system Read more about DAIReXNET webinar: Milking System Design[…]

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 Read more about Minimizing the Risk for Ketosis[…]

A Lower Bulk Tank SCC Needs Individual Action

Article from Hoard’s Dairyman By David A. Rhoda, D.V.M. The author is a senior partner in the Evansville Veterinary Service, Evansville, Wis. Amy’s bulk tank SCC (BTSCC) varied from 250,000 to 500,000 and occasionally would be over 600,000. With the allowed level being lowered to 400,000, she needs a management plan that prevents those worst Read more about A Lower Bulk Tank SCC Needs Individual Action[…]

For Veterinarians: Antimicrobial Residues and Molecular Testing

Drug Residue Déjà Vu: Avoiding Residues in Milk and Cull Dairy Cows Dr. Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison While mastitis is the most common disease of adult dairy cows and accounts for most usage of antibiotics cows are also treated for other infectious diseases, including respiratory and uterine infections and infectious foot Read more about For Veterinarians: Antimicrobial Residues and Molecular Testing[…]

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? Read more about Upcoming Dairy Cattle Webinars from eXtension[…]

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 Read more about New Concepts in Mastitis Control[…]

Center of the Dairy Universe: WORLD EXPO 2013

World Dairy Expo is where the dairy industry meets.  No other dairy event in the world compares. Designed for dairy producers and industry partners World Dairy Expo is a showcase for elite dairy cattle, cutting edge research and modern technologies. As a visitor you might choose to tour the huge commercial exhibit display area or Read more about Center of the Dairy Universe: WORLD EXPO 2013[…]

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 Read more about 7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines[…]

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 Read more about Understanding and Managing Drug Usage on Dairy Farms[…]

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 Read more about Making Antibiotic Treatment Decisions for Mastitis[…]

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 Read more about Improving Microbiological Services for Dairies[…]

Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy

DAIReXNET and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents proudly present this webinar. Mastitis is one of the biggest chronic problems facing the dairy industry. In this session, Dr. Ron Erskine from Michigan State University will discuss how to better identify cases of mastitis through tools such as milk culturing, somatic cell count records, and Read more about Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy[…]

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 Read more about In Press: Perceptions and Risk for Lameness[…]

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 Read more about ADSA – ASAS Joint Annual Meeting 2013[…]

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 Read more about Impact of Organic Management Research Completed[…]

Improving Treatments of Subclinical Mastitis

Pamela L. Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, University of WI, Dept. of Dairy Science, Madison WI  53705 Introduction Mastitis can occur in both a clinical and subclinical form.  Clinical mastitis is readily apparent and easily detected by abnormalities in milk or the udder or the occurrence of secondary clinical signs. Treatment decisions for clinical mastitis are generally Read more about Improving Treatments of Subclinical Mastitis[…]

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 Read more about In Press: Mastitis, Ketosis and Pneumonia[…]

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 Read more about Managing Mastitis: Environmental Streptococci[…]

Article In Press: Risk Factors of Somatic Cell Count

Associations of risk factors with somatic cell count in bulk tank milk on organic and conventional dairy farms in the United States K.M. Cicconi-Hogan, M. Gamroth, R. Richert, P.L. Ruegg, K.E. Stiglbauer, Y.H. Schukken Journal of Dairy Science, Available online Click here for full text Abstract In the past decade, the demand for organic agricultural Read more about Article In Press: Risk Factors of Somatic Cell Count[…]

week EIGHT: Taking Sterile Milk Samples & The California Mastitis Test

Taking Sterile Milk Samples Background Part of mastitis control programs include microbiological analysis of milk from cows suspected of having mastitis. Culturing milk samples allows the identification of the bacteria that are causing the mastitis and the application of preventive management programs. Strict aseptic procedures must be used when collecting milk samples to avoid contamination Read more about week EIGHT: Taking Sterile Milk Samples & The California Mastitis Test[…]

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 Read more about New Managing Mastitis Episode: 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 Read more about WI Dairy & Beef Animal Well-Being Conference[…]

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 Read more about Quality Milk Conference February 12-13th[…]

week SEVEN: Relationship Between Teat-End Callosity or Hyperkeratosis and Mastitis

week SEVEN: Relationship Between Teat-End Callosity or Hyperkeratosis and Mastitis After repeated milkings, changes appear in teat-end tissue, resulting in the development of a callous ring around the teat orifice. Cow factors like teat-end shape, teat position, teat length, milk production, lactation stage, and parity show a relationship with callused teat-ends. The teat canal is the primary physical Read more about week SEVEN: Relationship Between Teat-End Callosity or Hyperkeratosis and Mastitis[…]

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, Read more about Published: Assessment of Herd Management[…]

Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series: E. coli

VIDEO Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series: E. coli As part of the UW Milk Quality continuing series on mastitis pathogens, Dr. Pamela Ruegg introduces an important organism called E. coli. E. coli is one of the causes of clinical mastitis occurring in dairy cattle, and in this episode Ruegg discusses its diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Read more about Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series: E. coli[…]

Frozen Teat Alert: Signs of Frostbite

Frozen Teat Alert: Signs of Frostbite With the approach of colder weather we all need to be aware of the potential for frostbite on teats of dairy cows or heifers.  Frozen or frostbit teats generally occur when wet teats are exposed to bitterly cold conditions.  Risk factors for developing this syndrome include:   outwintering of lactating Read more about Frozen Teat Alert: Signs of Frostbite[…]

week SIX: All in the Design

week SIX: All in the Design Your teat dip cup’s style could affect your herd’s mastitis risk Proper milking procedures are critical for reducing mastitis spread in your herd. One aspect of consider is your teat dip cup’s design. The type of cup you use could affect your herd’s mastitis control rate.   …To read Read more about week SIX: All in the Design[…]

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 Read more about Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series Continues[…]

On the Air: Dr. Ruegg Talks Mastitis and Research Surprises

On the Air: Dr. Ruegg Talks Mastitis and Research Surprises Sevie Kenyon, from the University of Wisconsin Extension in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Madison, WI, visited with Dr. Pamela Ruegg, UW Department of Dairy Science, to discuss the evolution of the most costly disease of dairy cattle. 3:04 – Total Time 0:16 – Read more about On the Air: Dr. Ruegg Talks Mastitis and Research Surprises[…]

Upcoming Dairy Webinars from eXtension

Upcoming Dairy Webinars from eXtension Feeding Systems for Group-Housed Dairy Calves December 7, 2012 12:00-1:00 PM Central Time Dr. Mark Thomas, Countryside Veterinary Clinic Nutrition is a vital part of calf health and development, and making sure that calves get the nutrients they need in an efficient manner is an important job! Dr. Thomas will Read more about Upcoming Dairy Webinars from eXtension[…]

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 jw.schroeder@ndsu.edu Editor: Ellen Crawford ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu             Limit cows’ exposure to cold temperatures and use proper milking practices. This week’s sudden shift in the weather is a stark Read more about Plan for Winter Dairy Udder Health Now[…]

week THREE: Evaluation of Bovine Teat Condition in Commercial Dairy Herds

week THREE: Evaluation of Bovine Teat Condition in Commercial Dairy Herds: 1. Non-Infectious Factors Ohnstad4, M.D.Rasmussen2, L.Timms5, J.S.Britt5, R.Farnsworth5, N. Cook5 & T. Hemling5. “Teat Club International”, c/o F. Neijenhuis, Research Institute for Animal Husbandry Lelystad, The Netherlands. email: f.neijenhuis@pv.agro.nl Co-authors from: Australia1, Denmark2, The Netherlands3, UK4, USA5 ABSTRACT Classification of bovine teat condition can Read more about week THREE: Evaluation of Bovine Teat Condition in Commercial Dairy Herds[…]

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 Read more about Influence of Extension on Milk Quality Success[…]

week TWO: Addressing Teat Condition Problems

week TWO: Addressing Teat Condition Problems I. Ohnstad, G.A. Mein, J.R. Baines, M.D. Rasmussen, R. Farnsworth, B. Pocknee, T.C. Hemling and J.E. Hillerton Teat Club International Introduction In this paper the collective experience and knowledge of members of the Teat Club International have been applied to • describing effective treatments, changes in management or changes Read more about week TWO: Addressing Teat Condition Problems[…]

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 Read more about Managing Mastitis: The Pathogen Series[…]

week ONE: A Tool Box for Assessing Cow, Udder and Teat Hygiene

week ONE: A Tool Box for Assessing Cow, Udder and Teat Hygiene Paper presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the NMC, by Nigel B. Cook and Douglas J. Reinemann University of Wisconsin-Madison Introduction Infection of the mammary gland with environmental bacterial pathogens is the most significant udder health problem facing the dairy industry in North Read more about week ONE: A Tool Box for Assessing Cow, Udder and Teat Hygiene[…]

World Dairy Expo, Madison WI October 2-6

World Dairy Expo, Madison WI October 2-6 A World of Fresh Ideas for Dairy Producers World Dairy Expo is where the dairy industry meets.  No other dairy event in the world compares. Designed for dairy producers and industry partners World Dairy Expo is a showcase for elite dairy cattle, cutting edge research and modern technologies. Read more about World Dairy Expo, Madison WI October 2-6[…]

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 Read more about It’s Here! A Great Read For Fall[…]

Register Now! Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference

Register Now! Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference The Dairy Practices Council holds a three-day conference each fall to provide a forum where topics of common interest can be shared with the membership and other attendees. This year’s conference in will be held in Madison, WI November 6 – 9 at the Crowne Plaza Madison. The Read more about Register Now! Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference[…]

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 Read more about Milestone in Mastitis Management Unveiled: SmartSAMM[…]

week ELEVEN: Milking Performance and Udder Health of Cows Milked Robotically and Conventionally

week ELEVEN: Milking Performance and Udder Health of Cows Milked Robotically and Conventionally By Misty A. Davis, Graduate Research Assistant & Douglas J. Reinemann, Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milking Research and Instruction Lab Written for presentation at the 2002 ASAE Annual International Meeting / CIGR XVth World Congress [toc=”5″] Introduction & Literature Review Past studies Read more about week ELEVEN: Milking Performance and Udder Health of Cows Milked Robotically and Conventionally[…]

week TEN: Turning Analysis Tools into Reality

week TEN: Turning Analysis Tools into Reality This week we take a look at one of our analysis tools in action. Our own Dr. Doug Reinemann uses the Labor and Capital Analysis of Milking Centers, seen in week FIVE of this series, to help a dairy producer decide whether expanding the milking parlor and possibly Read more about week TEN: Turning Analysis Tools into Reality[…]

week NINE: Robotic Milking: Current Situation

week NINE: Robotic Milking: Current Situation Douglas J. Reinemann University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin, USA [toc=”5″] The population of farms using automatic milking systems (AMS) has grown from the first installation a dairy farm in the Netherlands in 1992 to more than 8000 milking units on more than 2400 farms today. The vast majority of Read more about week NINE: Robotic Milking: Current Situation[…]

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 Read more about This Just In: More Project COW Comparison Tools[…]

week SIX: Water Supply and Distribution

week SIX: Water Supply and Distribution [toc=”5″] February 2004 Draft Douglas J. Reinemann, Ph.D. Professor of biological Systems Engineering University of Wisconsin- Madison, Milking Research and Instruction Lab www.uwex.edu/uwmril A successful water system will supply the correct quantity of water of adequate quality and temperature for each application. There are many end use points for Read more about week SIX: Water Supply and Distribution[…]

week FIVE: Labor and Capital Analysis of Milking Centers

week FIVE: Labor and Capital Analysis of Milking Centers This analysis tool will help you estimate your milking center costs and performances, including: 1. Freestall barn 2. Milking center buildings (parlor, holding area, milk room, utility room and office) 3. Milk hose equipment (bulk tank, refrigeration and other milk house equipment) 4. Milking parlor equipment (milking Read more about week FIVE: Labor and Capital Analysis of Milking Centers[…]

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 Read more about Annual Bike Ride for Beginning Dairy Farmers[…]

week THREE: Milking System Video Library

week THREE: Milking System Video Library Parlor Routine Training Milk parlor trial-and-error verses a well planned training program for staff. Cow Acclimation Introducing the herd to a new milking facility. Training Staff for Crowd Gate Management How to train the humans in proper crowd gate etiquette to reduce frustration during cow entry and exit. Crowd Read more about week THREE: Milking System Video Library[…]

week ONE: Milking Parlor Types and the Dos and Don’ts of Milking Parlor Planning

week one: Milking Parlor Types and the Dos and Don’ts of Milking Parlor Planning Milking Parlor Types The first questions that must be answered in order to make rational decisions about the type and size of milking parlor for a diary farm are: • What is the desired milking routine? The amount of time required Read more about week ONE: Milking Parlor Types and the Dos and Don’ts of Milking Parlor Planning[…]

UW Milk Quality Introduces New Weekly Series

UW Milk Quality Introduces New Weekly Series Milking Systems and Parlor Management is a new new weekly series that will feature academic papers, how-to manuals and resources to improve your milking equipment, management of staff and dairy profitability. Douglas Reinemann has been a professor and Director of the UW Milking Research and Instruction lab at Read more about UW Milk Quality Introduces New Weekly Series[…]

Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series Wraps Up

The Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series Wraps Up The Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series wraps up for the winter season. Click through the 12-week archived series below to learn more about the effects of mastitis on your farm. A look ahead: Milking Systems and Parlor Management. The new weekly series will feature academic Read more about Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series Wraps Up[…]

April Dairy Webinars from Extension

eXtension Offers Free April Webinars on Dairy Cattle and More Learn online from eXtension webinars. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can chat and participate in question and answer sessions. All webinars are free and available nationwide. The times listed are Eastern Time so adjust the viewing time for Central, Read more about April Dairy Webinars from Extension[…]

UW Milk Quality Video Series: Take Two

UW Milk Quality Video Series is Back! The new installment of our video series has just been released! Dr. Pamela Ruegg from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is back discussing the occurrence of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows. This is the second episode in the UW Milk Quality Video Series, Organic Dairy Health Management. The series focuses Read more about UW Milk Quality Video Series: Take Two[…]

week TWELVE: Teat Disinfection Facts

week TWELVE: Teat Disinfection Facts The rate of new udder infection is related to the number of mastitis-causing pathogens on teat ends. Disinfecting teats with a germicidal agent immediately after milking kills most of the pathogens on teats. This in turn reduces the chance of those pathogens getting into the udder. Click here to learn Read more about week TWELVE: Teat Disinfection Facts[…]