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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 Read more about March Dairy Webinars from Penn State Extension[…]

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 Read more about UW Student Research: Milk Pricing[…]

week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed

week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed How is milk quality determined? Several different methods are used to assess milk quality. Some methods such as thesomatic cell count (SCC) and standard plate count (SPC) are mandated by the federal Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, which is a document that specifies safety standards of Grade “A” Read more about week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed[…]

UW Student Research: Predicting Liner Performance

UW Student Research: Predicting Liner Performance: How Liners Impact Milking Contributor: Sonia Gomez Born in Northern Spain, in a rural area surrounded by small dairy farms, Sonia’s interest in dairy production began when she was young and increasingly grew ever since. She graduated as a veterinarian in 2003 from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Read more about UW Student Research: Predicting Liner Performance[…]

week EIGHT: Mastitis Detection, Prevention and Control in Dairy Replacement Heifers

week EIGHT: Mastitis Detection, Prevention and Control in Dairy Replacement Heifers Replacement heifers,whether they are raised on the farm, purchased from other dairies, or contract-raised by growers, are critical to herd productivity because they represent the future milking and breeding stock in all dairy operations. The goal should be to provide an environment for heifers Read more about week EIGHT: Mastitis Detection, Prevention and Control in Dairy Replacement Heifers[…]

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 Read more about UW Student Research: Use of Veterinarians[…]

Changes to BTSCC Monitoring and Enforcement

Understanding the Changes in Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Count Monitoring By: Pamela Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension US Milk Quality Regulations Around the world, Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and Standard Plate count (SPC) are the two primary indicators that are used to regulate bulk tank milk quality. Standard plate count measures bacterial Read more about Changes to BTSCC Monitoring and Enforcement[…]

week FIVE: Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing

week FIVE: Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing In developing individual farm mastitis control and treatmentstrategies, it is often necessary to characterize the types of bacteria that are present on your farm. To answer this question, a microbiological analysis, or milk culture, must be performed on milk samples collected from cows showing Read more about week FIVE: Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing[…]

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 Read more about UW Milk Quality Video Series Debut[…]

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week FOUR: Cleaning and Sanitizing Milking Equipment

week FOUR: Cleaning and Sanitizing Milking Equipment All milking equipment, lines, and utensil surfaces that come into contact with milk, dirt, or manure must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before the next milking. Bulk milk tanks also must be cleaned after each milk pickup and sanitized before the next milking. The purpose of cleaning is Read more about week FOUR: Cleaning and Sanitizing Milking Equipment[…]

COMING SOON: FDA Hosts “What You Need to Know”

FDA Hosting Webinar on the Use of Unapproved Drugs January 26th The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has arranged a webinar for Thursday, Jan. 26, about the use of unapproved animal drugs and the agency’s current activities to address this area. The FDA has been concerned that safety and effectiveness have not Read more about COMING SOON: FDA Hosts “What You Need to Know”[…]

week THREE: Best Management Practices to Reduce Mastitis and Improve Milk Quality

week THREE: Best Management Practices to Reduce Mastitis and Improve Milk Quality Production of maximum quantities of high-quality milk is an important goal of every dairy operation. Poor milk quality affects all segments of the dairy industry, ultimately resulting in milk with decreased manufacturing properties and dairy products with reduced shelf life. Mastitis can be Read more about week THREE: Best Management Practices to Reduce Mastitis and Improve Milk Quality[…]

NOW AVAILABLE: 2012 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

NOW AVAILABLE: 2012 Drug Residue Prevention Manual The National Dairy Farm Program just released their 2012 Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual. Forward (taken from Prevention Manual) The goal of our nation’s dairy farmers is to produce the best tasting and most wholesome milk possible. Our consumers demand the best from us and Read more about NOW AVAILABLE: 2012 Drug Residue Prevention Manual[…]

Group of veterinarians visits dairy farm

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 Read more about Introducing Weekly Series on Mastitis and Milk Management[…]

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 Read more about UW Student Research: Clinical Mastitis Treatment[…]

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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 Read more about UW Milk Quality: A Resource for ALL![…]

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New Research: Organic Dairy Herd Health & Well-being

New Research: Organic Dairy Herd Health & Well-being project c.o.w. Impact of Organic Management on Dairy Animal Health and Well-Being In 2008, Dr. Pamela Ruegg and her multi-state research team received funding from the USDA NRI Organic Program to identify management factors that influence dairy herd health and milk quality. The team consists of researchers Read more about New Research: Organic Dairy Herd Health & Well-being[…]