Academic Venture Fund - 2017

Sustainable Yield for Colombian Cows

Colombian cows

In the developing world, family income and food security rise with dairy production. Facing climate change, disease, and low-quality forage, South American dairy farmers often expand their businesses by raising more animals on more land. This team will help dairy farmers in Colombia succeed sustainably by increasing the yield of each cow. The project will identify risk factors for metabolic diseases that limit milk production during early lactation, develop farm management strategies, and introduce new technologies for disease control.

Investigators: Jessica McArt, Miguel Gomez, Thomas Overton