Calf Success: The first 24 hours

Birth and the time immediately after is the most hazardous time in the life of a dairy calf. On average, between 5 and 7 percent of calves on U.S. dairy farms are either stillborn or die in the first 48 hours of life.  As caretakers, we can provide best management practices in the first 24 […]

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Calves feel the heat, too!

Photo Credit:  A. Bjurstrom During extreme cold or hot temperatures, calves utilize extra nutrients to maintain their core body temperature.  The temperature range at which a calf uses no additional energy to maintain its core body temperature is called the thermoneutral zone.  For a newborn calf, a calf maintains its core body temperature with no […]

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Managing the Dry Period for a Successful Lactation

The transition from late gestation to early lactation is challenging for both animals and dairy producers and is an important phase of a cow’s lactation and production cycle. Closely managing cows during this time is crucial to making sure the transition goes smoothly for successful lactation. Extension Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman collaborated with […]

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Looking Ahead for Dairy Webinar-May 21

Over the last couple months, the dairy industry has experienced increased turmoil.   We’ve heard about milk being dumped, grocery stores limiting milk purchases, dairy markets sliding, and processors asking farms for continued reduced milk production.  What is going on and what can we do to get through this? “Looking Ahead for Dairy” is the fifth webinar […]

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Weekly Ag Email Newsletter Now Available

Your Ag team at Extension Fond du Lac County has moved our newsletter to your email! If you’re not already receiving it, take a minute to sign up with this form. FDL County Ag Updates contains timely news for Dairy, Crops, Farm Management, Helpful Apps, and Upcoming Events. Need to catch up on previous newsletters? […]

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Office Operations March 2020

As a Division of UW-Madison, Extension is following the lead of UW-Madison leadership in responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, in conjunction with public health and county officials. The latest guidance from UW-Madison and local government is to limit on-site work in addition to postponing events. This guidance is in reaction to a worldwide event […]

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State Fair Dairy Promotion Board Scholarships Available

The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to third and fourth-year college students pursuing a dairy-related or food science degree at one of Wisconsin’s four-year universities. Second-year students studying in a two-year program are also encouraged to apply. Scholarships will be awarded during the second semester of the 2020-21 school year. […]

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Youth Tractor Safety Certification – Register by March 7

Youth Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification March 14, 21, 28, & April 4 | 9am – 3pm | Campbellsport High School and Addison Town Hall $40.00 Course Fee Designed for youth ages 14-15 who need the federal certificate for employment on farms, youth ages 12-15 who will be operating tractors or self-propelled farm machinery on […]

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Lessons Learned from Irish Dairying

Ireland has a rich dairy industry, making up nearly 40 percent of its total agricultural economy.  Irish farmers utilize a heavy grass-based system that promotes animal well-being, low-inputs, and increased milk components. With a country two times smaller than Wisconsin, the dairy industry processes nearly 7 billion liters of milk annual, supplied by 18,000 family […]

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Dairy Bowl Workshop-Saturday, October 12

Calling all dairy project members! Want to learn more about Dairy Quiz Bowl and the Junior Holstein Association? Join us on Saturday, October 12, 11 am to 1pm at Extension Fond du Lac County in room AE-205/206 to find out what quiz bowl is and how it works! Pizza, drinks, and fun will be available! […]

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