College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Precision Dairy Technology Program

University of Maryland Extension will be hosting a statewide Precision Dairy Technology Program December 12th in Frederick County, December 13th in Washington County and December 14th in Carrett County. The focus of this program will be Precision Technology use in the Dairy Farming. Invited speakers include Matthew Morris, University of Maryland Extension, Ken Sechler, Sr., Southern State Coop, Inc., Dr. Bob Peters University of Maryland, and Mathew Haan, Penn State Extension. Topics covered will include weed control in forages, precision technology for forages, experience with activity and rumination monitoring, precision feeding, and guiding producers through the decision making process for technology investments.

December 12, 2018December 13, 2018December 14, 2018
Frederick County Ext. Office
330 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702
Washington County Ext. Office
7303 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Garrett College CTTC
116 Industrial Drive
Accident, MD 21520


Matthew Morris, University of Maryland Extension, Frederick, will be presenting “Weed Control in Forages”. Weed pressure is an ever increasing problem facing growers in the state with forages being no exception. This talk will focus on the most up-to-date weed control tactics available to growers of grass hay, small grain silage, and forage legumes.

Ken  Sechler, 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. 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.

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.

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



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