Sustainable Yield for Colombian Cows
Helping dairy farmers succeed by increasing the yield of each cow
AVF project: 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.
The supplemental grant funds an undergraduate student who will help order supplies, package equipment, and collect and compile field data. By applying scientific knowledge to a different cultural farming system, the student will learn how to develop sustainability recommendations that are both scientifically and socially sound.
Topics: Economic Vitality and Entrepreneurship; Energy, Environment and Sustainability; Food and Agriculture; Health, Nutrition and Medicine
Jessica McArt, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Miguel Gómez, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
SC Johnson College of Business
Thomas Overton, Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic Venture Fund Supplemental Grants
Supporting undergraduate participation in cutting-edge, community-engaged projects funded by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future