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SE Dairy Check-Off Program

Southeast Dairy Check-Off Program

Founded in 1988, the Southeast Dairy Producer’s Check-Off Program is a vehicle for industry support of research and education priorities impacting dairy production in the Southeast. The program is voluntary and funded by a contribution of 1 cent per cwt. of milk produced. Since its inception, the program has generated over $3.2 million in support of dairy research and education.

Research scientists and extension professionals from Universities around the Southeast are eligible for participation and currently include the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Clemson University, and Auburn University. Investigators submit proposals each January for consideration by a Review Board consisting of 10 dairy producers from the Southeast. Research supported by this program is unique in that it focuses on issues directly impacting dairy producers in the Southeast, which often differs in scope and magnitude when compared to producers in other regions of the country. Results of funded research are shared through educational outlets including cooperative extension, traditional media, and more recently, a repository of web-based reports that provide links to further contacts for more in-depth information. Dairy education, particularly youth, is also a focus of the program. In addition to timely and meaningful research topics, the Program supports numerous educational events for 4-H, FFA, and Collegiate Dairy Science Clubs.

 

  • 2022
    Project Coordinator Name of  Project and Final Report Amount Funded Research Summary
    Owen Rae UF CVM Scholarship $1,000 Research Summary
    Valerie Ryman Using Pretreatment Somatic Cell Counts to Enhance Mastitis Cure Rates $7,000 Research Summary
    Jillian Bohlen Characterizing postpartum resumption of cyclicity using AMS and its impact on future heat characteristics and reproductive parameters $8,200 Research Summary
    Jillian Bohlen Georgia Dairy Youth Programs $14,300 Research Summary
    Cheryl Mackowiak Cool-season forage evaluations to promote greater productivity, quality, and nutrient mitigation for southeastern dairies $15,450  
    Joao Vendramini Evaluation of new forage cultivars in south and north-central Florida Yr. 2 $15,860 Research Summary
    Jose Dubeux Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration in Florida Dairies $18,439 Research Summary
    Sha Tao Minimizing inflammation in the early dry period under heat stress condition $21,336 Research Summary
    K.C. Jeong Development of customized effective probiotics to mitigate dairy calf Diarrhea $22,960  
    Geoffrey Dahl Reducing water use to cool cows using “Smart” technologies $25,899  
    Ricardo Chebel Applying automated technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) for the early diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) $28,648  
    Chris DeCubellis Florida Dairy Youth Programs $30,000 Research Summary
    Lynn Sollenberger Establishment, Compatibility, and On-farm Performance of Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Mixtures $30,408 Research Summary
    Jose Santos Investigating Mechanisms of Divergent Feed Efficiency in Dairy Cows $31,456  
  • 2021
    Project Coordinator Name of  Project and Final Report Amount Approved  Research Summary
    Owen Rae UF CVM Scholarship $2,000.00  
    Peter Hansen Discovery of Genes Causing Heat Tolerance $8,000.00  
    Cash Rice UF Dairy Club $9,000.00  
    Jillian Bohlen Georgia Dairy Youth Programs $10,000.00  
    Peter Hansen Breed Differences in Heat Tolerance $10,700.00  
    Lynn Sollenberger Establishment, compatibility and on-farm performance of Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Mixtures $11,388.00  
    Liza Garcia-Jimenez Limpograss cultivars 'Kenhy' and 'Gibtuck' baleage as an alternative feed for dairy farms in Central and North FL $14,040.00 Research Summary
    Joao Vendramini Evaluation of new forage cultivars in south and north-central Florida  $17,960.00  
    Esteban Rios Breeding and Disseminating Bermudagrass, Alfalfa and Cowpea Varieties for Florida Dairies    $21,200.00  
    Diwakar Vyas Nutritive value and fermentation characteristics of cool-season grasses and whole-plant sorghum silage used in the Southeast $22,000.00  
    Chris Decubulis Florida Dairy Youth Programs $25,000.00  
    Albert DeVries Better cow decisions to improve parlor efficiency and profitability  $25,000.00 Research Summary
    Ricardo Chebel Development of a reproductive strategy to reduce the use of reproductive hormones in lactating dairy cows $35,810.00 Research Summary
    Jose Santos Determining the optimal dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) in diets fed to prepartum nulliparous cows  $41,736.00  
    Mark Clark Assessment of denitrification media for optimizing nitrate removal $44,614.00  
  • 2020
    Project Coordinator Name of  Project and Final Report Amount Approved  Research Summary
    Owen Rae UF CVM Scholarship $1,000.00  
    Valerie Ryman Using Pretreatment Somatic Cell Counts to Enhance Mastitis Cure Rates $7,000.00  
    Todd Callaway Elementary School Agricultural Education: Opportunities to Grow New Dairy Producers and Educate Consumers of the SE $7,950.00  
    Jillian Bohlen Georgia Dairy Youth Programs $10,750.00  
    Peter Hansen Evaluation of Australian Breeding values for heat tolerance under US conditions $10,800.00  
    Ann Blount Continuation of the evaluation of cool-season forages to improve forage productivity, quality and nutrient for southeastern dairies $14,700.00  
    Liza Garcia Limpograss cultivars 'Kenhy' and 'Gibtuck' baleage as an alternative feed for dairy farms in Central and North FL $17,640.00  
    Lynn Sollenberger Establishment, compatibility and on-farm performance of Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Mixtures $19,020.00  
    Jose Dubeux Crop rotation strategies to reduce nematode population on cornfields $19,152.00  
    Chris Decubellis Florida Dairy Youth Programs $21,500.00  
    Esteban Rios On-farm establishment, breeding stock expansion and bermudagrass/stargrass cultivar release(s) for southeastern dairies $22,500.00  
    Diwakar Vyas Nitrogen efficiency of Florida dairy herds: Potential performance indicator for dairy farms $26,000.00  
    Jose Santos Determining the Optimal Dietary Cation-Anion Difference (DCAD) in Diets Fed to Prepartum Nulliparous Cows $42,000.00 Research Summary
  • 2019
    Project Coordinator Name of  Project and Final Report Amount Approved  Research Summary
    Owen Rae UF CVM Scholarship $1,000.00  
    Albert De Vries Effect of season and age of first calving on productive life, lifetime milk production and profitability through production planning $6,667.00  
    Joao Vendramini Can propionic acid enhance bermudagrass silage quality? Yr. 2 $10,400.00  
    John Bernard Effect of lagoon water application relative to silage harvest on pathogen concentrations and silage fermentation with or without inoculant $14,800.00  
    Ann Blount Evaluation of cool-season forages to improve forage productivity, quality and nutrient management for southeastern dairies $14,900.00  
    Klibs Galvao Surveillance of BLV prevalence in the southeast and evaluation of its effects on health, production, reproduction and longevity. $16,000.00  
    Emily Miller-Cushon Evaluating effects of space allowance on dairy calf performance, behavior and individual variability in summer $16,300.00  
    Joao Vendramini Effects of mixing annual forages on bermudagrass and limpograss establishment. Yr. 2 $17,360.00  
    Jill Fain Georgia Dairy Youth Programs $18,700.00  
    Esteban Rios On-site and on-farm establishment, forage yield and quality of novel high nutrient-uptake bermudagrass/Stargrass for Southeastern Dairies $20,700.00  
    Peter Hansen Development of CSF2 as a fertility enhancing additive to semen extender $21,000.00  
    Chris DeCubellis Florida Dairy Youth Programs $38,000.00