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

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2018 November/December Dairy Partner/El Compañero Newsletter

The 2018 November/December Dairy Partner/El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  This month’s newsletter focuses on helping cows stand and feed refusals. The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal health to individuals who work on […]

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Shedding light on common calf procedures

Dairy veterinarians, nutritionists, extension agents, and consultants all strive to assist their farm clients in the creation of dairy farm protocols to maximize the success of their calf programs. However, protocol modifications and procedural drift occur regardless of the best intentions as farm circumstances change in relation to employees, seasons, and calves needing care. The UW-Extension Preweaned Calf Health Management Survey sought to understand actual calf […]

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How Real Farms Are Raising Calves

When UW-Extension agriculture agents collected data from 26 farms, they found it cost $6.35 per day to raise a calf on an automated group feeding system and $5.84 to raise a calf on an individual feeding system.  A preweaned calf health management survey was conducted simultaneously on 12 of the 26 Wisconsin farms. In the October 10, 2018 Hoard’s Dairyman article How […]

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Averages Don’t Tell the Whole Story: Cost of Raising Dairy Calves

Periodically, UW-Extension Specialists and Agriculture Agents have collected farm level data to benchmark calf and heifer raising costs. Our first fact sheet The cost of raising dairy calves using individual or automated feeding systems covered the key findings comparing individual feeding systems (bottle or bucket) to using an automated milk feeding system. In the factsheet Averages don’t tell the whole […]

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2018 November Dairy Situation & Outlook

Professor Bob Cropp’s  2018 November Dairy Situation & Outlook full report is now available. Also, for a video podcast including Dr. Bob Cropp and Dr. Mark Stephenson discussing the  Dairy Situation & Outlook, please visit Program on Dairy Markets & Policy. For more information regarding dairy markets, please contact UW-Extension Dairy Markets Specialist Brian Gould or visit UW-Extension Understanding Dairy Markets.