UW-Extension Dairy Team strengthens the competitiveness of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry through statewide leadership in education and research.

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Making Sense of Modern Feed Tests

A lot of changes have taken place in feed testing in commercial labs and with different reports.  In the December UW-Madison Dairy Science Webinar series, UW-Extension Dairy Nutritionist Randy Shaver discusses Making Sense of Modern Feed Tests, a webinar focusing on new tests and items showing up on reports that nutritionists and farmers are looking […]

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Keep Scouring Calves Hydrated

Producers understand neonatal calf diarrhea is a problem on their farms. National Animal Health Monitoring System data from 2007 reported an average calf mortality of 8% annually, with scours as the leading cause of death in unweaned calves at 56.5%. Most causes of scours are preventable. However, the infectious causes of neonatal diarrhea are typically […]

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Getting Ready for Farm Estate Planning

It’s sometimes hard to consider, but not all sons and daughters are interested in carrying on the family tradition of farming. With more education and opportunities available, some farm-raised young adults opt for other careers, leaving farmers in a quandary about what to do with their farm- from the land that they own to the […]

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Heifer Management Seminars

UW-Extension Dairy Team will be hosting the annual “Raising Quality Dairy Heifers” Seminar on Tuesday, February 16th, Liberty Hall, Kimberly or Tuesday, February 23rd, Clarion Hotel, Eau Claire.  The seminar will be held 10 am to 3 pm at both locations with registration at 9:30 am. A program geared toward dairy heifer replacement management, heifer […]

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How to Collect an Aseptic Milk Sample

In spite of considerable improvements in milk quality, mastitis continues to be the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows.  The use of on farm culturing to direct treatment of clinical mastitis gives farmers the opportunity to make better treatment decisions and reduce costs associated with milk discard and treatment of microbiologically negative cases. […]