Dairy Cattle

A total of 268 dairy farms produce 1.34 billion pounds of milk in Georgia. Dairy ranks 8th as an agricultural commodity in Georgia. Over 148 herds in Georgia are on DHI. They average over 21,000 pounds of milk and 300 cows each. Our goal is to extend lifelong learning about dairy production and management through research based information.

Dairy resources from UGA Extension

Jillian Bohlen
Jillian Bohlen Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science
Sha Tao
Sha Tao Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science
Recent Dairy Publications from UGA Extension
Is Your Heifer Fit to Show? A Guide to Fitting and Showing Dairy Animals
(B 1427)
Every animal emerging from the pasture or barn needs time and attention to get her show-ring ready. The showman on the other end of the halter needs to be prepared as well. Faults in either fitting or showing could lead to a less successful show experience than one might have hoped for. This publication offers advice on fitting and showing dairy animals, including the updated PDCA scorecard, maximizing your animal's potential, behavior and grooming preparation, and show time.
Guidelines for Using Feeds Containing Aflatoxin in Dairy Rations
(SB 57)
Aflatoxin is formed in stressed plants by the mold Aspergillius flavus. The mycotoxin is produced by an actively growing mold. The mold can be present without mycotoxin formation or the mycotoxin may be present without the mold. The formation of the mycotoxin can occur during storage if the feed is not kept dry. Aflatoxin can be found in many grains and forages but is most commonly found in corn, cottonseed, and peanuts. Recent data indicates the above levels may not be safe for periods of prolonged feeding.
Drought-Related Cattle Feeding Problems
(SB 51)
Drought does not develop overnight but progressively over time. Proper management during a drought period can make or break a producer's ability to stay in the cattle business. One main concern during a drought period is feeding and nutrition of the cow herd. Several problems could arise due to drought conditions. A good producer should stay alert for warning signs and avoid potentially damaging situations.
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