Dairy Science and Hemp Research Grant Recipients Announced

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor John Barlow

John BarlowJohn Barlow has received a USDA NIFA grant from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program. The $246,766 grant is for Barlow’s sabbatical project beginning in August 2023, to July 2024.

The project is entitled, Tools and Approaches for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Surveillance on Small to Medium Sized Dairy Farms. The objective is to advance Barlow’s knowledge, skills, and experience in surveillance and quantification of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on dairy farms, using next-generation high-throughput metagenomic sequencing methods. Read the full proposal here. Continue reading “Dairy Science and Hemp Research Grant Recipients Announced”

VT Dairy Mapping Project Kicks Off at UVM Dairy Farm

Julie Smith, CREAM student, Massle Thach, and Adrian Dixon standing in the UVM dairy barn next to a Holstein cow.
Back to front: Julie Smith, CREAM Summer Student Advisor Julia Gerardi, Massle Thach, Adrian Dixon, and Maddie Beaudry visit the UVM dairy farm for the Vermont Dairy Mapping Project. Photo credit: Joanna Cummings.

During the summer of 2023, the Vermont Dairy Mapping Project launched with a team that visited several dairy farms to interview farmers about their disease-prevention biosecurity practices. The project team collected information that will be used to prepare a disease outbreak response plan for each farm, based on the national Secure Milk Supply Plan template. The team also “field tested” a new online mapping application that was developed to make the visual mapping part of a plan easier to create. Continue reading “VT Dairy Mapping Project Kicks Off at UVM Dairy Farm”