College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Precision Dairy Technology Program

The Precision Dairy Technology Program is a statewide program held in Harford, Carroll, Washington and Garrett counties though a partnership with University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Extension. The focus of this program will be Precision Technology use in the Dairy Industry. Invited speakers include Mathew Hann Penn State Extension, David Swain Southern State Coop, Inc., Dr. Burkhard Schulz University of Maryland, and Dr. Bob Peters University of Maryland. Topics covered will include precision feeding, precision technology for forages, weed control in forages, guiding producers through the decision making process for technology investments, and experience with activity and rumination monitoring.

Mathew Hann, Penn State Extension, Leesport, PA will be presenting two talks: Precision Feeding and Guiding Producers through the decision making process for Technology Investments. “Precision Feeding” will provide an overview of precision dairy feeding technologies including examples of how the technologies are being used on the farms. Benefits and challenges of using the technologies will also be discussed. “Guiding Producers through the Decision Making Process for Technology Investments” will discuss how producers can evaluate a potential technology being considered for their farm. A case farm example of a farm considering the adoption of an activity monitor system will be used.

David Swain, Southern States Coop, Inc., Richmond, VA will be presenting “Precision Technology for Forages” that will focus the idea that Agronomy Technology is not just for row crops, but can be used in multiple cropping systems and for different value propositions. They have technology tools that can help a dairy to better manage their crop production and how those tools can be integrated into their operations.

Dr. Burkhard Schulz, University of Maryland, College Park will be presenting “Weed Control in Forages”. Dr. Schulz’s research looks at weed resistance to herbicide use and the mechanisms involved within the weed to develop resistance.

Dr. Bob Peters, University of Maryland, College Park will be presenting “Experience with Activity and Rumination Monitoring” that will describe the components of a rumination and activity monitoring system, and a brief overview of the applied research that has been conducted to verify the usefulness of the technology in managing health and reproduction. Examples of individual cow monitoring will be drawn from the system that has been installed at the University of Maryland dairy herd.

For registration information, please contact the individual county extension office, there will be no state-wide registration fee.



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