University of Wisconsin–Madison

Creating More Comfortable Cows

It’s simple: happy, comfortable cows are healthier and more productive. But what constitutes cow comfort?

The Dairyland Initiative, led by experts at the School of Veterinary Medicine, blends a wealth of research results with decades of field experience to answer that question.This comprehensive, web-based program delivers information, virtual tours, blueprints, troubleshooting and more to producers, builders, lenders—the whole dairy facility team—to help them build facilities where cows thrive. The program has transformative potential—results show that a cow living in optimal conditions can produce up to seven more pounds of milk per day. And for today’s consumers who want to feel good about the welfare of the animals that produce their food, what better way than through the School of Veterinary Medicine’s leadership in this field?