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  • Dairy Management

    The Dairy Management program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business that they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.

  • Dairy Management

    MSU Extension provides easy-to-access information and specialized dairy programs, ranging from online resources to educational seminars, to producers and advisors throughout the state.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Feed management 101

    Published on April 7, 2021
    Educator Martin Mangual discusses feed management basics with experienced consultant Don Martell.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Marketing Dairy Beef

    Published on May 30, 2021

    In the first session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Larry Rose (JBS Head of Cattle Procurement) and JT Loewe (JBS Cattle Procurement) have a conversation with the audience discussing marketing aspects of dairy beef. Both Larry and JT share their observations and experiences with crossbred dairy beef cattle at JBS and their future thoughts on the role for crossbred dairy cattle in the beef industry. Additionally, the new contract which Holstein and Holstein crossbred steers can be marketed on with JBS was discussed relative to the old Holstein contract.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Management of Bovine Leukemia Virus in dairy herds

    Published on April 7, 2021
    Senior educator Phil Durst and Dr. Kelly Sporer discuss the latest strategies to manage BLV in a herd.

  • 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including dairy, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Calf development research and management strategies

    Published on April 7, 2021
    Dr. Barry Bradford interviews Dr. Michael Steele from the University of Guelph. They focus their conversation on some of the latest findings in calf development research and how those lead to management strategies on the farm.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: On-farm Considerations

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the third session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Jerad Jaborek (Michigan State University) and Garth Ruff (Ohio State University) share some on-farm considerations for beef on dairy cattle. Jerad begins by reviewing a on-farm survey about current beef on dairy practices on dairy farms in the Midwestern U.S. Jerad also explains how to interpret beef cattle expected progeny differences (EPD) when selecting a beef sire. Jerad discusses the importance of proper nutrition, including colostrum, calf starter, and the transition to a feedlot ration. Garth discusses some of the marketing options with beef on dairy calves and techniques or management practices that can be implemented to capture additional value.

  • Dairy Management at the Institute of Agricultural Technology

    Published on February 23, 2018

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Corn Silage new research and management recommendations

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Join Dr. Manni Singh and forage educator Phil Kaatz as they discuss new research in mycotoxins. They also provide management recommendations for tar spot and other challenges for this 2020 silage season.

  • 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management | 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including dairy, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Beef Genetics and Sire Selection

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the second session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Chip Kemp (American Simmental Association and International Genetics Solutions) discusses some hurdles, facts and what-ifs regarding beef on dairy production. As Chip begins, he shares the past history leading up to the current situation we have with beef on dairy cattle production from a sire selection standpoint. Chip highlights traits that producers need to be selecting for when choosing a beef sire to successfully create a profitable crossbred dairy beef calf. Chip briefly discusses a few different marketing avenues, as well as other resources, such as the IGS feeder profit calculator.

  • Dairy farmers accept responsible management

    Published on March 1, 2013
    Consumers expect their food to be safe and wholesome. Dairy farmers need to accept the responsibility of ensuring the milk and meat produced from their farms meets the expectations of the consumer.

  • Time management for dairy cows

    Published on February 27, 2011
    Minimize disruptions to cows’ time budget by avoiding overstocking, providing comfortable freestalls and preventing prolonged times for milking and in lock-ups. Keeping cows within their desired time budget ensures good cow welfare, health and performance.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: LEAN farming for dairies

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Educator Martin Mangual talks with Allen Bonthuis, founder of Farming LEAN, about how LEAN management can be implemented and used by dairy farms to improve efficiency.

  • Virtual Dairy Nutrition and Management Series

    Published on February 24, 2021
    The Virtual Dairy Nutrition and Management Series returns with a focus on the dairy industry’s efforts to hit net zero carbon emissions.

  • Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location is now open for the fall semester. Join us Wednesdays-Sundays, and don't forget your masks!