Virtual Coffee Break MSUE Dairy TeamAug 09, 2023
"I need employees... What are my options?"
Labor management expert Stan Moore joins Educator Martin Mangual to discuss the multiple avenues dairies can access to hire new farm employees. Season 6 finale. Please reach us with feedback and suggestions.
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Let's talk about farm leadership
Dairy Educator Phil Durst Discusses how vital is your style of leadership in your employee retention and farm culture with Ben Lichtenwalner. Ben is an author, consultant, and leadership expert from Radiant Forest LLC. Tune in to learn how SERVANT Leadership can be implemented in your management style.
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Farm Safety, let's make it a priority!
I discuss important safety practices with extension educator Charles Gould. We provide recommendations to reduce the risk of accidents in the feed storage and manure pit areas. We also share timely information regarding upcoming training opportunities in Michigan.
Grain bin and manure safety training event registration:
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How does LEAN management looks on an operating Dairy?
Martin Mangual talks with LEAN management consultant Allen Bonthuis from Farming LEAN and with Eric Martin a Michigan Dairy Farmer that employs this management style in their dairy farm. We share how LEAN management looks at an operating Dairy.
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Antibiotic Use in Dairy Operations: Navigating the 2023 FDA Rules and Changes
Extension educator Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa discusses the implications of the new Guidance For Industry 263 with Dr. Pam Ruegg. This new guideline regulates the use of antimicrobials in all animal farms in the US.
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The challenge of designing a University dairy farm
Dr. Barry Bradford talks with Jerry Wille. He is an Ag engineer from Curry Wille & Associates, the Firm tasked with designing the future Dairy Farm for Michigan State University. They provide an inside on the designing process for university facilities and the challenges that this entails.
Let's talk about succession planning
Educator Cora Okkema talks with Trent C. Hilding, Esq. They discuss important information regarding how to begin the process of succession planning inside a dairy operation.
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2023 Growing Season Update
Forage Educator Phill Kaatz and Irrigation Specialist Lyndon Kelley join Martin Mangual to discuss important information regarding the current (2023) growing season.
Virtual Breakfast Series article and sign up: https://www.canr.msu.edu/field_crops/virtual-breakfast/index
Field Crops Insect Pest Management Guide: https://forage.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/E3309-RecommendedHayPastureForagesForMichigan-2019.pdf
Drought Resources for Field Crops: https://www.canr.msu.edu/drought_resources/index
Irrigation – Water Up and Irrigate: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/water_up_and_irrigate_in Prediction Crop Water Use: https://digital.weather.gov/?zoom=4&lat=37&lon=-96.5&layers=F000BTTTFTT®ion=0&element=44&mxmz=false&barbs=false&subl=TFFFF&units=english&wunits=nautical&coords=latlon&tunits=localt Using Chemigation Safe and effectively: https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/235/67987/lyndon/E2099.pdf
Input purchasing strategies for dairies
Educator Jon LaPorte talks with Dr. Matt Gammans from Michigan State University regarding strategies that can help producers capitalize on opportunities while managing risk during input purchases.
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Desirable cow traits for automatic milking systems
MSU Extension educator Victor Malacco discusses what traits are desirable for cows milking in automatic milking systems with Dr. Camila Lage, from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Murilo Carvalho, from Holstein Canada.
Conversations from the U.S. Dairy Export Council
Dairy Educator Martin Mangual Interviews President and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, Krysta Harden. We discuss trends, lessons learned, and upcoming opportunities in the dairy global markets.
Resources for weather resiliency
Educators Paola Bacigalupo Sanguesa and Monica Jean discuss multiple resources for weather resiliency, including a novel and useful tool to track and evaluate changes.
News from the MSU dairy front
Dr. Barry Bradford discusses great news with Ag Bio research director, Dr. George Smith.
Lets talk about dairy promotion programs
Extension educator Phil Durst talks with farmer Stacy Choate-Hughes, and Breakfast on the farm program coordinator Ashley Decker, about the importance of dairy producers' involvement in dairy promotion activities.
Alternative method for humane euthanasia on farms.
Dairy educator Marianne Murawski and veterinarian Dr. Madonna Benjamin discuss the proper use of firearms to perform humane euthanasia optimally and safely on farms. Please find the links to the resources discussed in the episode in this description.
MSU farm stress Resources
Learning about PFAS
Dr. Barry Bradford discusses valuable information about PFAS with Dr. Hui Li, from the Center for PFAS Research at Michigan State University.
Let's Talk about udder edema - Part II
Educator Cora Okkema Continues the discussion about this metabolic disorder with Emma Morrison a researcher from the University of Guelph. They discuss information and the herd impacts of udder edema from a research point of view.
Expectations with dry corn silage
Forage Educator Phil Kaatz talks with Dr. Barry Bradford regarding issues and strategies to work with dry corn silage crop.
Discussion about cow longevity
Dairy Educator Marianne Murawski talks with Dr. Victor Malacco about cow longevity. How does longevity impacts the current industry? How can longevity be improved on your herd? Join us to answer these and other questions.
Let's talk about udder edema
Educator Cora Okkema discusses this metabolic disorder with Dr. Dona Barski a veterinarian from Michigan and with dairy manager Evelyn Okkema. They discuss valuable information and the potential impacts of udder edema on the dairy herd.
Managing milk quality in automatic milking systems
Dairy Educator Victor Malacco talks with Dr. Marcia Endres a professor from the University of Minnesota regarding strategies to monitor and maintain milk quality in AMS
Tar Spot Management in Corn Silage
Educator Phil Kaatz talks with Dr. Marty Chilvers regarding Tar Spot an important disease affecting corn throughout the state of Michigan
Let's talk about carbon credits
Dairy Educator Marianne Murawski talks with Dr. Matt Gammans regarding interesting information about Carbon credits. How do they work? How can they benefit dairy farms? Listen for this and more
Skill-focused dairy management
Educator Jon LaPorte talks with west Michigan's dairy farmer, Paul Windemuller. They discuss how this farm maximizes profits by implementing a management style that caters to his strengths while focusing on controlling the cost of production.
Management over medication: A farmer's approach
Senior Educator Phil Durst and Ciarra La Huis talk with Jack Jeppesen, a farmer from central Michigan regarding his approach to managing diseases on the farm.
Michigan Dairy Health Symposium Teaser
Dr. Angel Abuelo talks about social housing of calves with Dr. Withtney Knauer. Their conversation is a teaser of some of the data that will be presented in the 2022 Michigan Dairy Health Symposium focusing on calf health. The symposium is scheduled for March 10 on the East Lansing campus.
Novel "Feed Saved" trait for genetic selection?
Martin Mangual meets Dr. Michael VandeHaar to talk about the new "feed saved" trait which is now part of the Net Merit index. How was it developed? Could it make a difference on the farm?
Risk management tools and programs
Dairy Extension Educator Marianne Murawski discusses multiple risk management programs with Educator Stan Moore from the MSU Extension farm management team.
Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program
A bonus episode where Dairy educator Marianne Murawski interviews Educator Charles Gould regarding the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program, and the 2022 Michigan Manure Summit.
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.
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.
Lights, Camera, Feeding!
Feed Consultant Don Martell talks with Educator Martin Mangual regarding his experience doing camera analysis of feeding bunks and feeding programs.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Beginning farmer resources from MSUE
Management Educator John LaPorte discusses multiple resources for farmers with beginning farmer Steve Whittington.
Third Season Lineup
We take a look at what's coming for the third season of The Virtual Coffee Break Podcast.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feed management 101
Educator Martin Mangual discusses feed management basics with experienced consultant Don Martell.
Reduced Lignin alfalfa
Forage educator Phil Kaatz Interviews Dr. Kim Cassida. They discuss the impact and projected benefits of reduced lignin alfalfa.