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  • Purchasing is key to eating healthy on a budget

    Published on July 17, 2015
    Buy store brands and lower-cost fruits and vegetables to stay within your food budget.

  • Jim and Jack Winkel named 2017 recipients of the MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Published on January 30, 2017
    Missaukee County brothers are recognized for their accomplishments and passion for the dairy industry.

  • Prevent Zoonotic Diseases on your Dairy Farm

    Published on November 29, 2017
    The current outbreak of Salmonella associated with dairy farms reminds us that the risk of contracting a zoonotic disease from dairy cattle should not be overlooked; producers must take preventative steps to protect themselves and their employees.

  • Dairy

    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.

  • Dairy Research and Teaching Facility

    MSU is a long-time leader in dairy cattle research, education and outreach, including the areas of nutrition, health, genetics and reproduction. A new dairy research and teaching facility will allow the university to continue and expand our efforts.

  • Dairy Judging

    MSU Dairy Cattle Judging: 4-H, Ag Tech, Collegiate

  • MSU student receives Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation for 2017-18

    Published on May 25, 2018
    Caelah Doerr is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship.

  • Using non-meat proteins and smaller meat portions lowers food costs

    Published on October 4, 2012
    MSU Extension says many people could eat less meat with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy foods for good nutritional health and savings.

  • 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.

  • Michigan Cottage Food Law

    The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows Michigan residents to manufacture and store certain foods in unlicensed home kitchens. Through this training, you will learn about preparing and selling foods under the Michigan Cottage Food Law. In addition, the course reviews important food safety practices when preparing and selling food to the public.

  • Crops for Dairy

    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.

  • Mar 23

    Michigan Spring Dairy Show & Sale

    March 23, 2022 – March 26, 2022

    MSU Pavilion will host the 2022 Michigan Spring Dairy Show & Sale March 23-26.

  • 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.

  • Michigan 4-H members and MSU students compete at World Dairy Expo, Ag Tech Team earns invitation to Europe

    Published on November 2, 2018
    Two teams and one individual representing Michigan competed at the National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 1.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michigan 4-H members and MSU students compete at World Dairy Expo, Ag Tech Team earns invitation to Europe

    Published on November 2, 2018
    Two teams and one individual representing Michigan competed at the National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 1.

  • Jul 11

    MSU Tollgate Farm 4-H Camp: Wild Animal Camp

    July 11, 2022 8:00AM – 4:00PM 8:00-4:00 28115 Meadowbrook Rd Novi, MI 48377

    Investigate animal behavior and how animals in the MSU Tollgate Forest, fields, and pond play an important role in their ecosystems. Campers 6-12 years old.

  • Michigan 4-H and MSU dairy judging teams complete successful year at North American International Livestock Exposition

    Published on November 28, 2018
    Three teams representing Michigan closed their seasons with strong showings at the 2018 North American International Livestock Exposition dairy cattle judging contest in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 4.

  • Feeding high corn silage diets: Part 2

    Published on April 28, 2015
    Feeding high corn silage diets presents opportunities and challenges for dairy producers.