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Meet the new UW dairy herd manager – Audio

Meet the new UW dairy herd manager - Audio

17389313842_50bc24560f_oJessica Cederquist, Dairy Herd Manger
Department of Dairy Science
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Phone (608) 265-8957
2:58 – Total Time
0:17 – Managing a research dairy herd
0:50 – Three locations to manage
1:43 – Dairy students and researchers
2:13 – Involving students key
2:46 – Lead out

Sevie Kenyon: Managing the University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy herd, we’re visiting today with Jessica Cederquist, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Jessica, welcome to Wisconsin, start out by describing the job ahead of you.

Jessica Cederquist: I am the new herd administrator for the UW and the job that I’ve been asked to do is to come in and manage. We have three different research facilities with dairy cows, one of them here right in the center of Madison on campus, one in Arlington, and one up in Marshfield. I am in charge of looking over all three of those facilities.

Sevie Kenyon: Jessica can you describe for us a little bit about the size of the herds and what they do?

Jessica Cederquist: Here on campus we have 84 milking cows. Here on campus we do a majority of the intensive research and obviously most all of our teaching is done here on campus, so all of the animals on campus are lactating, mature cows. Up at the Arlington facility all of the baby calves are raised there for the first three months, from there the calves leave and they go to the Marshfield facility. The Marshfield facility houses all of our growing heifers and the Marshfield facility has the ability to milk 128 mature milking cows. The rest of our mature milking cows are at the Arlington facility. We have a total of about 600 animals at Arlington, that’s between the dry cows and the milking cows.

Sevie Kenyon: Jessica what are you looking forward to the most in this job?

Jessica Cederquist: The best thing that I see in this job is being involved with educating the students. I really look forward to being involved with the students and the researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Not only do I get to be involved in the commercial aspect of managing a dairy and the cows but I get to be part of the upcoming science that these professors are doing here on campus and see where we’re going to take the industry from here.

Sevie Kenyon: Jessica do you have any particular priorities of your own?

Jessica Cederquist: I guess the priorities that I see for myself in this position is that I want to make sure that the students are getting the ability to be involved as much as they want. I want to bring the students into our herd. We have a large herd here with a lot of animals and a lot of potential for students to learn and for the students to be involved in what we are doing in the science. And these students are the future of our business and I think it’s important to bring them in and educate them.

Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting today with Jessica Cederquist, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.