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240 Dairy Management Specialist

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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8 Comments

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Sustainable Conservation supports the creation of this position. California's dairy industry faces a number of challenges and the state's dairies could benefit from business decision tools to help them examine all aspects of their production operation in order to improve on farm management of both the dairy and environmental needs.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 11:55 AM by Kathy Viatella
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The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and its dairy farmer membership would benefit from this specialist as a subject matter expert in general and as a UCCE liaison to our statewide Dairy Commodity Advisory Committee specifically (as a prior specialist has done). Throughout the year the Dairy CAC advises our statewide board of directors and staff on such industry needs as programs and public policies addressing, but not limited to, business viability, animal health and welfare, and environmental stewardship. This specialist working in collaboration with the network of animal science and veterinary medicine faculty, dairy farm advisors, and other CE specialists would provide unbiased, relevant research findings, analysis, and advice about these topics and other pressing issues that threaten farming successfully in California.
Posted Jun 25, 2012 2:11 PM by Ria de Grassi, Dairy Director, Federal Policy Division, CA Farm Bureau Federation
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Dairy Institute of California is in strong support of staffing this position. The expertise provided through Cooperative Extension has been of enormous assistance to the California dairy industry, and with the challenges facing our producers, this expertise is as necessary as ever before.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 4:02 PM by Rachel Kaldor
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Western United Dairymen strongly supports staffing the Dairy Management Specialist position. Considering the growing variety of challenges facing dairy farmers, it is important for producers to have assistance in making good dairy management decisions. For many years, dairy producers have looked to UCCE as a trusted resource for information on evolving on-farm practices to meet environmental needs; the need for this position does not wane with time, but rather, increases.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 4:55 PM by Michael Marsh, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, Western United Dairymen
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The Dairy Management Specialist position is essential for California's dairy industry. Due to economic turnover and use of other products, what is important to dairy in this perspective is also important to almonds (sales of almond hulls), citrus (outlet for citrus pulp)and other by-products used in animal feed, as well as alfalfa.

Dairy operations in California range from organic, pasture based systems (25 cows and up) to confinement operations (more than 10,000 cows). Data generated at facilities is enormous and similar to the tip of an iceberg, only small amounts are used to make management decisions. It is extremely important to integrate individual cow, herd, and regional data into tools for managers to use. Per cow margin continues to decline under current economic situations and the volatility in the dairy industry is predicted to increase in the future. A Dairy Management Specialist will easily be able to work with existing Advisors and Specialists (within Animal Science, Vet Med, and Plant and Environmental Sciences) as well as industry stakeholders to identify alternative management practices and determine impact of practices to individual animals, herds, and regional populations as well as the economic merit of such alternatives. The management of a dairy requires understanding the biology of the animal, importance of disease control, feed procurement, use and management, reproductive management, calf rearing, controlling feed costs by growing forages, manure management, etc. Each of the individual systems (or modules) within a dairy operation can impact other components of the facility. Arizona and New Mexico have both invested in State Extension Specialists to focus on these issues. It is critical for the leading dairy state in the US to have a specialist in this subject area.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:30 AM by Deanne Meyer
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This position is extremely important for the UC system and California dairy industry. As the UCCE Dairy Advisor serving Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties, I see this position as imperative to creating a UC Extension team that can better serve our dairy clientele. The position will allow for the integration of expertise already in place, thus creating holistic extension programs that are extremely important to increasing knowledge based, on-farm management decisions. The need for this position is amplified by the current economic and regulatory state of the dairy industry in California.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:59 PM by Jennifer Heguy
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This position is extremely important for the UC system and California dairy industry. As the UCCE Dairy Advisor serving Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties, I see this position as imperative to creating a UC Extension team that can better serve our dairy clientele. The position will allow for the integration of expertise already in place, thus creating holistic extension programs that are extremely important to increasing knowledge based, on-farm management decisions. The need for this position is amplified by the current economic and regulatory state of the dairy industry in California.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 5:00 PM by Jennifer Heguy
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Dairy Cares, a coalition of California dairy producer trade associations, producer-owned dairy cooperatives and dairy processors, strongly supports filling this position, CE Dairy Management Specialist. This important cross-disciplinary position promises to provide an excellent opportunity to assemble, synthesize and make meaningful the best information UCCE has to offer dairy producers on a variety of important issues, from nutrition and animal health to waste management and air quality. At no time in history has their been a more pressing need for dairy producers to have access to understandable information that supports good decision-making. This is essential to preserve a dairy industry that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. This position promises an opportunity to reap more benefits from experts already in place, and to provide information that will allow dairy families to manage risk and survive through times of market volatility and uncertainty.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 5:27 PM by J.P. Cativiela, Program Coordinator, Dairy Cares

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