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Virtual Coffee Break MSUE Dairy Team

Virtual Coffee Break MSUE Dairy Team

By MSU Dairy Team
Join us in this series of informal educational conversations with dairy farmers, MSU faculty members, or agribusiness professionals discussing a variety of topics around dairy farm management and production.
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Financial enterprising, A great tool for analysis
Senior Extension educator Stan Moore talks with Scott Ferry about the impact of Financial enterprising a tool to make decisions on the farm. 
June 29, 2021
Teat dips-What do you need to know?
Educator Paola Bacigalupo-Sanguesa talks with Dr. Pam Ruegg about teat dips. How to evaluate their efficacy, and what key information can help you when evaluating this vital part of the milking routine.
June 15, 2021
Lights, Camera, Feeding!
Feed Consultant Don Martell talks with Educator Martin Mangual regarding his experience doing camera analysis of feeding bunks and feeding programs.
June 8, 2021
Forage fertility and plans for 2021
Forage educator Phil Kaatz talks with Dr. Kim Cassida about fertility and what are some of the expectations for the 2021 forage season.
June 3, 2021
Recruitment and retention of dairy workforce
Extension educator Faith Cullens talks with Kerry Nobis a farm manager from Mid-Michigan. They discuss how he approaches recruitment, retention, and other experiences from managing his team of 20 employees.
May 26, 2021
Learning from parlor performance evaluations
Dr. Roger Thomson, an experienced veterinarian in the area of milk quality discusses the impacts of doing a parlor evaluation with Dairy educator Martín Mangual.
May 18, 2021
Timely information regarding farm stress
Extension Educators Phil Kaatz, Marianne Murawski, and Eric Karbowski discuss timely information regarding farm stress. What are common stressors on the farm? What are some of the available resources from MSU Extension to deal with it?
May 11, 2021
Transition cow management ideas from the farm
Senior extension educator Phil Durst discusses the approach to managing transition cows in Bunings Dairy Farm with Norm Buning, A dairy farmer from Michigan.
May 4, 2021
More to know from beef cross calves
Dr. Barry Bradford discusses new research and information regarding beef cross calves with researcher and farmer Dr. Donagh Berry.
April 27, 2021
Planning for quality beef cross calves
Educator Marianne Murawski joins Dr. Jerad Jaborek to discuss important information and recommendations when looking into adding beef sires to your breeding program.
April 20, 2021
Beginning farmer resources from MSUE
Management Educator John LaPorte discusses multiple resources for farmers with beginning farmer Steve Whittington.
April 13, 2021
Third Season Lineup
We take a look at what's coming for the third season of The Virtual Coffee Break Podcast.
April 6, 2021
Crisis Preparedness
Senior Extension Educator Phil Durst talks with Jolene Griffin from UDIM. The focus of their episode is how to get your farm ready to face an unexpected crisis, and what resources are available to you if a crisis does occur.
January 8, 2021
Environmental considerations for winter
Environmental educators Sarah Fronczak and Erica Rogers discuss what considerations farms need to be aware of as they enter the winter. They cover winter spreading, equipment, silage leach, among other important topics for this time of the year. 
November 18, 2020
Season 2 recap
Educators Marianne Buza and Martin Mangual discuss some of the highlights of the second season of the virtual coffee break with the MSU Extension dairy team. Reach out to us with your comments at
October 1, 2020
Fresh Research on Milk fever
Educator Paola Bacigalupo interviews Dr. Angel Abuelo. They talk about milk fever and discuss two new studies that provide interesting information regarding the management of this disease.
September 16, 2020
Navigating novel government programs for Ag producers
Educator Stan Moore interviews Dr. Adam Kantrovich regarding the multiple government programs to aid agricultural producers to weather the impact of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
September 10, 2020
Dairy Farm leadership and its impacts
Educator Marianne Buza interviews Dr. Robert Milligan and Dr. Corey Clark. They discuss how to develop farm leadership, and the impact that good leadership has on a dairy farm operation.
September 2, 2020
Management of Bovine Leukemia Virus in dairy herds
Senior educator Phil Durst and Dr. Kelly Sporer discuss the latest strategies to manage BLV in a herd.
August 25, 2020
Feed management 101
Educator Martin Mangual discusses feed management basics with experienced consultant Don Martell.
August 20, 2020
Reduced Lignin alfalfa
Forage educator Phil Kaatz Interviews Dr. Kim Cassida. They discuss the impact and projected benefits of reduced lignin alfalfa.
August 12, 2020
Working with farm advisory teams
Educator marianne Buza interviews Dr. Lisa Holden from Penn State University. They discuss an interesting way to work with multiple farm advisors, and the contributions of farm advisory teams to the dairy farms they serve.
August 6, 2020
What are lenders looking for?
Educator Jon Laporte discuses what are lenders looking for when they meet producers during the lending process. His guest is Ben Spitsley an experienced lender from Green Stone Farm Credit Services.
July 29, 2020
Calf development research and management strategies
Dr. Barry Bradford interviews Dr. Michael Steele from the University of Guelph. They focus their conversation on some of the latest findings in calf development research and how those lead to management strategies on the farm.
July 22, 2020
The impact of ketosis on mastitis
Senior Educator Phil Durst discusses with Dr. Turner Swartz how can sub-clinical ketosis have an impact on mastitis. Dr. Swartz is a researcher at the Animal Sciences Department at Michigan State University.
July 15, 2020
Season 2 Introduction
Educator Martin Mangual summarizes season 1 and introduces what's on deck for Season 2.
July 8, 2020
Connecting Michigan State University to Michigan's Dairy Industry
Educator Martin Mangual spends time with Dr. Barry Bradford discussing how the dairy program at MSU is growing to provide programs, and resources to serve the evolving dairy industry in Michigan.
May 1, 2020
Can selective dry cow therapy be succesful?
Educator Paola Bacigalupo talks with Dr. Ron Erskine about selective dry cow therapy. They discuss what farms or cows are good candidates for this type of dry cow program and, what are the best strategies to implement and sustain a selective dry cow therapy plan on your herd.
April 24, 2020
Fat Suplementation research and strategies
Educator Martin Mangual is joined by Dr. Adam Lock to discuss recent findings in the fat supplementation field. We will talk about their influence on fresh cows, and how they can help your rations when forages are in short supply.
April 17, 2020
Corn Silage new research and management recomendations
Join Dr. Manni Singh and forage educator Phil Kaatz as they discuss new research in mycotoxins. They also provide management recommendations for tart spot and other challenges for this 2020 silage season.
April 10, 2020
Improving the targeting of your antibiotics use
Educator Marianne Buza talks with Dr. Pamela Ruegg, chair of the Animal Science dept. about improving the targeting of your antibiotic use. They present strategies to increase the efficiency of your antibiotic use, and ways to improve your mastitis prevention program.  
April 3, 2020
Our Israel dairy experience
Educator Stan Moore is joined by farmers Glen, and Suzy Preston. They will share their experiences from a recent trip to Israel where they join MSU Extension Educators, in The Israeli Experience Dairy School.
March 27, 2020
Achieving excellence in milk quality
Educator Phil Durst talks with Brent Wilson from Wilson Centennial Farms who recently received the National Platinum Quality Award. They discuss the steps the farm takes to achieve excellence in milk quality.   
March 20, 2020
LEAN Farming for dairies
Educator Martin Mangual talks with Allen Bonthuis, founder of Farming LEAN, about how LEAN management can be implemented and used by dairy farms to improve efficiency.
March 17, 2020
Opportunities for dairy promotion
Educator Marianne Buza talks with Ashley Kennedy, a farmer, blogger, and dairy spokes-person about her experience and strategies to promote the dairy industry with consumers.
March 6, 2020
Season 1 Introduction
Educator Stan Moore gives a preview of what to expect in the first season of the series. 
March 6, 2020