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UW's Dairyland Initiative gets grant to continue online help for farmers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison's vet school is getting another grant to work on cow health on campus.

The university announced Wednesday the UW School of Veterinary Medicine's Dairyland Initiative has received a $50,000 renewal grant from the Dean Foods Foundation to continue its efforts to improve cow comfort, health and milk production. This grant will allow dairy farmers to continue getting free access to the Dairyland Initiative's web-based resources.

The group will also create a network of trained, certified consultants for planning and facilitating new welfare-friendly designs.

A 2013 grant from Dean Foods helped make the website available to farmers and university extension programs nationwide for free, bringing in almost 1,000 new users from 25 different states in nine months time.

"With the increase in users, we have seen a growth in demand for our services," says Nigel Cook in a statement, professor of medical sciences and food animal production medicine. "With this funding, we can expand our reach in the significant dairy states outside of Wisconsin by developing trained, certified consultants located throughout the U.S. The consultants will be able to further deliver advice and recommendations locally to producers who request assistance."

The initiative shares building plan assessments and other information based on the latest dairy animal research, working closely with farmers to plan models and new constructions of dairy barns, including stall modifications, transition cow barn planning, advanced cooling systems and new calf facility designs to reduce injury and disease, improve animal welfare and increase milk production.

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