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  • Dairy

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


  • Employee recruitment: intentional and continuous

    Published on September 21, 2016
    The recruiting and hiring process are both important parts in forming or sustaining a business. Follow these tips to ensure you are hiring the best person for the job.

  • What is going on in dairy?

    Published on November 20, 2019
    Many people will have heard that Dean Foods declared bankruptcy recently and thought about the gallon jug in their refrigerator and wondered what is going on. This is an on-going story and we don’t know everything, but let’s review some things we do know.

  • Consumers ate up education at Breakfast on the Farm in West Branch

    Published on July 15, 2011
    Breakfast on the Farm was as important for the producers involved as it was for the public. It was an opportunity for them to come together and develop and express trust, respect and appreciation.

  • Advice for beginning farmers

    Published on August 22, 2013
    Young dairy producers provide advice for a friend entering the business that might be pertinent for all dairy farmers.

  • A bad turn of the rotary parlor

    Published on July 6, 2017
    Observing a rotary parlor in operation.

  • Dairy in Israel

    Published on February 14, 2020
    Visiting Israel to learn about dairy provided unique perspectives and ideas from farmers who lead the world in national annual average production per cow.

  • Treating hypocalcemia routinely

    Published on May 16, 2013
    Should we consider routine treatment of subclinical milk fever? How does that differ from treating clinical milk fever?

  • How is variability in your farm’s milking procedure affecting milk flow?

    Published on July 24, 2017
    Are the milking protocols on your farm being followed consistently? If not, they could be negatively affecting your herd’s health, milking efficiency, and quality.

  • CNS mastitis – what is it anyway?

    Published on August 12, 2014
    Coagulase-Negative Staphs (CNS) may be the leading cause of subclinical mastitis and yet it has been a mystery. A recently published study sheds some light.

  • Visit Israel to learn about dairy with an MSU twist

    Published on July 17, 2019
    An intriguing opportunity to combine your interest in dairy management with a visit to historic Israel. The Israel Dairy School has a special session planned for US dairy farmers January 5-11, 2020.

  • Anatomy of a successful farm employee meeting

    Published on February 1, 2016
    What does a good employee meeting look like? How can we do a better job of communicating in meetings? Take a look at one meeting as an example; then plan your own.

  • Feedback changes behavior

    Published on August 17, 2012
    A small town provides feedback that changes behavior. That experience offers a lesson for farm owners.

  • Does BQA affect dairy farmers?

    Published on November 27, 2018
    Beef Quality Assurance has become a market access requirement for beef producers. But do dairy producers need to become certified in order to continue sending cattle for harvest?

  • What other costs should I be cutting?

    Published on December 9, 2016
    Often, during financial stress, farmers are encouraged to cut more costs, but is a there a better way to achieve relief in a tight market?

  • The secrets of quality milk producers

    Published on September 6, 2011
    A panel of producers who averaged a herd SCC less than 100,000 talked about the key factors for their success.

  • Veterinary Feed Directive – Year One in Review

    Published on October 3, 2019
    To gain a better understanding of the direct impacts to farmer raising animals for food productions MSU Extension led a nationwide survey to help determine what effect these new rules had across food animal species and across farms on a national level.

  • Which way is she laying in bed?

    Published on November 1, 2013
    Cows often comment on the comfort of free stalls if we know how to interpret their actions. Cow stall comfort is critical for healthy, productive cows.

  • BQA session to be offered in Gaylord on September 26

    Published on September 24, 2019
    All beef producers are encouraged to become certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) an industry-developed program to ensure proper care and health of animals.

  • Is consistency for cows always good?

    Published on October 12, 2012
    Technology can provide consistency in milking cows, but unless it is a good practice being consistently applied, that consistency may be detrimental.

  • Who is going to milk cows on Christmas day?

    Published on December 8, 2015
    Dairying is a 365 day-a-year job. Every day, Christmas and New Year’s included, cattle need to be fed, milked and the barns scraped. But who is going to do it on those special days?