Michigan is an ideal location for this type of project. Collecting data, developing systems, creating tools—this all requires significant collaboration across stakeholders. “There is a strong alliance in Michigan between producers, dairy cooperatives, regulatory professionals, the College, and Extension,” says Erskine,” and we are consistently one of the top states in quality milk and mastitis control.” This year, of the 51 dairy producers honored by the National Dairy Quality Award Program, 19 are from Michigan.
Erskine has been working for about three decades to identify ways to reduce mastitis and processes to help implement better practices. This project supports one of his long-term objectives—to enhance global food security, dairy food quality, and food safety by reducing mastitis and antimicrobial use on dairy farms in the United States.