The Dairy Innovation Hub welcomes involvement and engagement from the public. Below are three ways to get involved in the Hub’s work.
Participate in research
The following studies are actively recruiting participants:
UW–Platteville: “The impact of ag land changes on the dairy industry and rural communities in southern Wisconsin”
Hub researchers from UW-Platteville want to find out more about how changes in agricultural land ownership are affecting the dairy industry and rural communities in southern Wisconsin. You can help by completing this 7 to 15- minute survey, which asks about your perceptions of changes in the landscape and your opinions about how to address the loss of mid-sized dairy farms.
UW–Madison and UW–Platteville: “Developing a novel biomarker panel for monitoring of fatty liver and metabolic health in dairy cows“
Within this project, Drs. Pralle and White have developed a biomarker panel that uses a single blood sample collected shortly after calving to predict fatty liver and liver health. This information can be used to troubleshoot transition cow management and nutrition. Prior to this project, our research generated a 90% accurate diagnostic model that required metabolite concentrations and cow production data from several timepoints. As a part of this CERANR-funded project, we developed a single-sample blood biomarker panel and model for predicting the extent of liver TG content.
The next step in this research is to test the single-sample models in a variety of management settings. We are recruiting privately-owned dairy farms to participate in the study. Once a farm is identified, a research team (a co-PI and students) will arrange a farm visit where they will collect blood sample from cows that are 3 to 7 DIM (25 cows/herd maximum), retrieve production data from management software (i.e. Dairy Comp 305), conduct a walkthrough of the herd facilities, and preliminarily discuss present metabolic health challenges and successes. Samples will be analyzed in the lab and results will be shared with the farm. We anticipate the farm visits to be heavily focused in summer 2022.
This project is funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR) and leverages funding from the Dairy Innovation Hub.
Contacts: Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor of Animal and Dairy Science at UW–Platteville – email@example.com and Heather White, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology at UW–Madison – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a member of the business community looking to engage in Hub-funded research at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville or UW–River Falls? Contact Maria Woldt, program manager for more information – email@example.com or (608) 265-4009.
Submit a research idea
Do you have a research idea or a question about an existing Hub-funded project? Please contact us!