Milk, ice cream and cheese are "musts" for celebrating June Dairy Month. So are education, research and extension. Iowa State University supports the state's dairy industry, which provides 26,000 jobs and a $5 billion annual impact to Iowa's economy.
Each year, more than 1,000 ISU students experience hands-on education at the state-of-the-art ISU Dairy Farm.
ISU scientists are national leaders in topics critical to dairy producers. Because diet is key for high-performing cows, research is fine-tuning nutritional requirements. ISU also examines the impact of dietary ingredients on dairy products' nutrition and quality. Researchers study new ways to improve animal welfare and well-being, including effectively preventing mastitis, a major disease in cows; lessening the impact of hoof problems and lameness; improving vaccines; and keeping cows stress-free and comfortable in hot weather.
ISU Veterinary Medicine Diagnostics Laboratory provides important testing for milk quality and pathogens, analyzing over 5,000 samples annually. ISU's Dairy Team of faculty and extension field specialists advise farmers on how to optimize management. They recently helped four northeast Iowa dairy farms develop business plans to improve or expand operations. Farmers who participated in ISU milk quality workshops reported annual revenue increases of $229 per cow after putting the training into action.
So, raise a glass of milk to Iowa's 1,800 dairy farms and 205,000 cows as Iowa State University continues to help the industry grow and improve.
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