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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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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