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Weigel, K.A., Halbach, T.J. 2016. Making Effective Sire Selection and Corrective Mating Decisions. Large Dairy Herd Management, 3rd Ed.
Popular Press Articles
Halbach, T.J. Analyzing the Udder. Pp. 180. Hoard’s Dairyman. 10 March, 2014.
Halbach, T.J. Dairy Strength. Pp. 134. Hoard’s Dairyman. 25 February, 2014.
Halbach, T.J. Analyzing the Rear Feet and Legs. Pp. 98. Hoard’s Dairyman. 10 February, 2014.
Halbach, T.J. Analyzing the Frame. Pp. 60. Hoard’s Dairyman. 25 January, 2014.
Halbach, T.J. Learning Linear Evaluation. Pp. 28. Hoard’s Dairyman. 10 January, 2014.
Halbach, T.J. PDCA Unveils New Dairy Cow Scorecard. Pp. 500. Hoard’s Dairyman. 10 August, 2009.
Halbach, T.J., Goodwin, J.L. The Rules Are Black and White – And They Apply To All Breeds. Hoard’s Dairyman insert. 10 June, 2003.
National Purebred Dairy Cattle Association’s (PDCA) Dairy Showmanship Scorecard Videos. Co-produced a four-part video series with the Holstein Foundation that demonstrates dairy showmanship procedures and fundamentals based on the revised PDCA Showmanship Guidelines. 2017. All of these resources are available on the Holstein Foundation website at no charge.
Showring Ready: What to Wear & How to Act
Showring Ready: Appearance of Your Animal and Proper Equipment
Showring Ready: Entering the Showring and On Parade
Showring Ready: Entering the Line & Posing Your Animal
Learning Linear – 24-page, in-depth book centered on the Young Dairymen linear series. Hoard’s Dairyman Publications. 2014. Includes 90-plus color photos, a full-page body parts diagram, two linear scoring worksheets, non-linear traits and the PDCA scorecard.
Dairy Cattle Judging Made Easy – Interactive CD-ROM. 2004, 2011. Developed in conjunction with Babcock Institute as a resource for judging teams. Outlines basics of dairy cattle evaluation and presenting oral reasons. A Spanish language version also developed.
DY SCI 205 – Dairy Cattle Improvement Programs (2 credits, Spring)
Course Description: Dairy cattle evaluation and selection, including: linear type appraisal, dairy cattle judging, mating programs, breed comparisons, cattle marketing plans, and national genetic improvement programs.
Requirements: AN SCI/DY SCI 101. Open to Freshmen
DY SCI 233 – Dairy Herd Management I (3 credits, Fall)
Course Description: Overview of practical dairy herd management with components of reproduction, nutrition, milk quality, raising dairy replacements, facilities and records. Laboratories emphasize practical applications, analyses of alternatives and decision-making. Includes farm visits and analysis.
Requirements: AN SCI/DY SCI 101 or consent of instructor, Sophomore or Junior standing.
DY SCI 234 – Dairy Herd Management II (3 credits, Spring)
Course Description: Second of a two course sequence designed as an overview of practical dairy herd management with components of animal welfare and handling, health, nutrient management, facilities and production economics. Laboratories emphasize practical applications, investigation of alternatives and decision-making. Includes farm visits and a hands-on transition cow project for analysis.
Requirements: AN SCI/DY SCI 101 or cons instructor, successful completion of DY SCI 233.
DY SCI 375 – Dairy Nutrition Experience (1 credit, Winter intersession; January)
Course Description: Participation in team based dairy farm diagnostics, Leading Producer Conference attendance and applied dairy nutrition workshops hosted at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center.
Requirements: DY SCI 233 and consent of instructor
DY SCI 375 – Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Competitions (1 credit, Spring)
Course Description: Provides students in the Dairy Science major with mentored, hands-on experiences that have real-world application. Students will analyze dairy farm management systems and apply benchmarks to make recommendations.
Requirements: DY SCI 233 & 234, Junior or Senior standing
DY SCI 535 – Dairy Farm Management Practicum (3 credits, Fall)
Course Description: Principles of nutrition, breeding, reproduction, and management at the farm level are integrated. Students will develop skills in decision making, information gathering, problem solving, and interpersonal communication through fieldtrips to working commercial dairy operations.
Requirements: DY SCI 233, 434, 361
Animal & Dairy Sciences External Relation Committee
Animal & Dairy Sciences Recruitment Committee
Animal & Dairy Sciences Scholarship Committee
Animal & Dairy Sciences Golf Classic Planning Committee Co-chair
Animal & Dairy Sciences Herd Management and Use Committee and Ad Hoc Genetic Selection Committee
Collegiate Farm Bureau Student Organization Campus Advisor
James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund Committee
North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Board of Directors
National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest Management Committee
Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship Committee
National Dairy Shrine Charles & Judy Iager Scholarship Committee