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Updated: July 29, 2021

March 2021  |  Volume 2, Issue 1

Welcome to volume two of the Maryland Milk Moos! The goal of this quarterly newsletter is to distribute up-to-date information related to dairy production. In this issue, we focus on pre-weaned calf management practices, tips for successful grazing, and strategies for coping with poor alfalfa stands. If there is a specific topic that you would like to learn more about in future issues, please contact me ( or 301-432-2767 ext. 324).

The recent warm-weather spell reminds us that spring is nearly here and that it's almost time to start winter forage harvest and spring planting. Now is the time to ensure that field equipment is serviced and ready to go for the season. It is also a good time for all farm personnel (including kids!) to brush up on equipment safety.

There are several online learning opportunities coming up this spring that may be of interest; see Events and Announcements for additional information.

Stay safe and healthy!

Group Housing of Pre-weaned Calves: Yay or Nay?

Sarah Potts, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Dairy and Beef

Pre-weaned dairy calves are often housed in individual pens, and over 70% of U.S. dairy producers house their calves in individual pens before weaning according to the USDA's most recent report ... Read more>>

Do pre-weaned calves need forage?

Sarah Potts, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Dairy and Beef

Before the 1950s, it was assumed that hay and long forages were necessary to promote rumen development in young calves. However, research conducted during the mid-to the late 1950s demonstrated ... Read more>>

Grazing Mistakes to Avoid

Amanda Grev, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Pasture & Forages

Fortunately or unfortunately, people are creatures of habit. Over the years, we've developed behaviors and habits that will stick with us for a lifetime. This applies ... Read more>>

What to Do with Thinning Alfalfa Stands

Jeff Semler, Extension Educator, Washington County, MD

t's the time of year when our alfalfa fields are just waking from winter slumber, or at least we hope they are. We are hopeful that a combination of favorable moisture and thoughtful management will have field ... Read more>>

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Maryland Milk Moos is a quarterly newsletter published by the University of Maryland Extension that is focused on dairy topics related to Nutrition and Production, Herd Management, and Forage Production. To view previous editions click here...

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