Dairy Signal Explores Methane, Handling & Cover Crops

This week’s episodes of The Dairy Signal® from Professional Dairy Producers® (PDP) will feature the latest research in dairy sustainability and animal care. Tune in on Tuesday to learn about opportunities to decrease methane emissions in dairy production. Wednesday’s episode will highlight the Mooving Cows™ game and animal handling practices and hear about cover crops and manure management on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 30

Developing new technologies and practices to sustainably decrease enteric methane emissions from dairy cattle is a priority for the industry. Tune in to learn about obstacles and opportunities, including phenotyping, trait definition, developing a reference population, using milk mid-infrared spectra as a non-invasive approach and manipulating the rumen microbiome. Episode presenters will be:

  • Dr. Fransico Penagaricano, PhD, assistant professor, quantitative genomics, UW-Madison
  • Dr. Guillermo Martinez Boggio, PhD, research assistant, UW- Madison

Wednesday, May 1

Learn about the Mooving Cows game developed at UW-Madison to teach cow handling skills and hear the latest in industry quality assurance programs (i.e., FARM Animal Care) expectations, public perception of handling practices. Dr. Van Os will also share plans for future educational tools. Episode presenter will be:

Thursday, May 2

Manure represents a resource for crop production and soil but can create challenges to achieving water quality goals. While cover crops can provide solutions, there can be trade-offs with production. Join this interactive conversation to review research that can lead to overall benefits in Wisconsin. Episode presenter will be:

  • Dr. Matt Ruark, PhD, professor and extension soil scientist, UW-Madison
  • Tanner Judd, graduate student, soil science, UW-Madison

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