Dairy Outreach

Information for producers, farmers, other researchers, and students.  View posters, webinars, and articles relevant to producer questions and industry challenges.

Crossbreeding and Genetics

Crossbred cows are more feed efficient than Holstein cows (Progressive Dairy)

Breeding for A2 Milk

Crossbreeding dairy with beef bulls (video presentation)

What 1960's Holstein genetics look like today

Crossbreeding for the future of profitability of dairying

Three-Breed Crossbreeding at the U of MN

Genetics for a Grazing Herd (Progressive Dairyman)

Breeding considerations for organic dairy farms

Breeding and Genetics: Considerations for Organic Dairy Farms (YouTube)

Dairy Calves

Rearing of Dairy Calves with Cows

Monitor Calving Traits to Improve Cow and Calf Health

Group Feeding Dairy Calves

Automated Calf Feeder in an Organic Production System (2019)

Disbudding Dairy Calves

Starter intake drives calf gains

Automated Calf Feeder

Fly Control

Effects of Flies on Dairy Cattle Welfare and Productivity 

Unique fly control methods for organic dairy farms (Webinar, March 2016)

Fly control for grazing and organic dairies

Health Management

What is the Microbiome, and Why Should Organic Dairy Producers' Care?

Management and Genetics of Lameness in Holstein and Jersey Cows

Agrivoltaics to Shade Cows

Outwintering

Outwintering dairy cattle in 2019 (AgweekTV) 

Outwintering the dairy herd

An alternative to indoor housing (Dairy Star)

Considerations for Out-Wintering the Organic Dairy Herd (Webinar)

Out-wintering does not mean forstbitten teats

Pasture and Forages

Raising Broiler Chickens on Pasture

Grazing and pasture management for cattle (U of MN Extension)

Warm-season grasses and milk production in grazing dairies (Progressive Dairy)

Solar shading for dairy cows (YouTube video)

Grazing Kernza (Farm & Ranch Guide)

Forage-based diets produce nutritionally enhanced milk

Seasonal Forage Quality Changes and Growth of Cattle Grazing Cover Crops

eOrganics Webinar on Organic Grazing (February 2016)

Fodder Factsheet

Feeding fodder to dairy cows - a look at the production system

Farmers, experts examine value of sprouted fodder systems

Evaluation of feeding hydroponic barley fodder to organic dairy cattle

Less organic grain equals more profit (PDF)

Evaluation of Cover Crops for Grazing Systems

Precision Technology

Validation of the RumiWatch System to Monitor Feeding and Locomotive Behaviors (2019)

Monitoring grazing behavior

Pasture-based dairy cattle have daily schedules too! (RumiWatch halter system)

Can custom heat detectors benefit your farm?

Estrus detection using activity and rumination systems

Rumination sensors in an organic grazing system (poster presented in Holland, June 2016)

Posters

MOSES Organic Farm Conference 2019 poster (PDF)

MOSES Organic Farm Conference 2017 poster (PDF):

MOSES Organic Farm Conference 2016 posters (PDF):

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Students

Hands-on learning opportunities and internships exist for both undergrad and graduate students.  Students assist us with animal care and data collection for our research projects.  Current graduate students working with the WCROC dairy include:

Inquire about student learning opportunities by contacting Brad Heins at hein006@umn.edu