The Dairy Team strengthens the competitiveness of the Wisconsin dairy industry through statewide leadership in education and research.
During late winter and early spring, cattle are prone to a complex set of metabolic problems, pneumonia, and other difficulties that can lead to loss of milk production, expensive veterinary bills, and even the death of some animals.
University of Wisconsin-Extension dairy experts offer advice and information to help keep dairy herds healthy. ... to learn more
Recent Wisline Attachments:
Attachments for Dairy Team Wisline on July 17, 2009
- Credit Conference 343KB (50 page PowerPoint presentation)
- Badgercare Fact Sheet 63KB (3 pages)
- Public Assistance Information - July 11, 2009 16KB (2 pages)
Attachments for Dairy Team Wisline on June 19, 2009
- Wisconsin Agriculture and Outlook 277KB (44 page PowerPoint Presentation)
- Is This Your Profitability Level? 38KB (7 page PowerPoint Presentation)
Attachments for Dairy Team Wisline on May 15, 2009
- Quick Assessment of Ability to Survive to 2010 81KB (22 page PowerPoint Presentation)
Attachments for Dairy Team Wisline on February 20, 2009
Attachments for Dairy TeamWisline on January 22, 2009
- Profit Practices (PDF 45 KB)
- Impact of Milk Prices 2009 (PDF 22 KB)
- Major Costs WI Organic Graze Confine (PDF 47 KB)
- Management Options When Feed Supplies are Limited and High in Cost (PDF 423 KB)
- Feed Cost 09 (PDF 2 MB)
- Cheese Outlook (PDF 45 KB)
Repro Money Repro Money is a team based farmer directed program aimed at improving your dairy farm’s profitability by improving the reproductive performance of your herd.
Cow Care and Management
- Milk Quality
Livestock Siting and Land Use
Ag Literacy and Rural/Urban Relationships
Understanding Dairy Markets
UW-Center for Dairy Profitability
UW-Madison Dairy Science Department
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
UW-Milking Research and Instruction Laboratory
Wisconsin Link - Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
World's Best Milk Quality Website
Contact: Dave Kammel
- Dairy Curriculum on Modernization
- Dairies in Transition project encouraging farm efficiency and profitability for the small dairy
- Heifer management
Cow Care and Management
Contact: Victor Cabrera
- Midwest Herd Health Conference
- Publications: Johne's Disease, Five C's of Healthy Calves
Contact: Zen Miller
- Hispanic labor meetings for employees and employers, conducted in Spanish
- Bilingual milking procedure and heat detection posters
- Hispanic labor training seminars
- UW-River Falls program to train tutors of English as a second language with an emphasis on the dairy industry.
Livestock Facility Siting
The Livestock Facility Siting Law consists of a state statute (s. 93.90) and rule (ATCP 51) that change how local governments can regulate the siting of new and expanded livestock operations. Under the new law, if a local government decides to require a farmer to obtain a conditional use or other permit to operate, the livestock farmer must fill out a state application to show that they are in compliance with state standards. For more information and for a copy of the state application, visit the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's web page.
Making a difference
Success stories and impact reports
The University of Wisconsin-Extension Dairy Modernization Team helped 1,804 dairy producers consider modernization options and management practices last year. These new facilities are increasing profitability and easing the back-breaking labor of milking cows.
Dairy producers who have updated their barns and milking facilities and added more cows to their herds need reliable employees who have been trained in modern dairy practices. Many dairy workers working on Wisconsin farms are Latinos from Mexico and Central America and may not speak much English.
Consumers demand milk produced under the most hygienic standards. They expect their milk to come from healthy cows. Production of high quality milk is essential to continued profitability of the Wisconsin dairy business community.
UW-Madison, Dairy Science Specialist