My name is Whitney Hull, and I would like to introduce myself as the new UVM Extension Dairy Herd Management Technical Advisor, which is part of the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center. My role is to provide technical assistance to farms that have herd management related concerns.
I have been working in the dairy industry for the past 13 years. I started my career as an Artificial Insemination technician in Northern Vermont, working with dairies of all sizes to manage their herd reproduction. In 2014, I transitioned to dairy nutrition, where I worked with farmers developing rations for their herds as well as provided technical support to other nutritionists. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed using my skills to help farmers manage challenges in their farm businesses, and I am excited to take this broad range of experience and use it in my current role with UVM Extension to provide assistance to Vermont dairy farms through the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center program.
What exactly is Technical Assistance and how can it apply to your farm?
The program will focus on delivering technical assistance to farm business managers who wish to engage teams of specialists, targeting specific areas of dairy management with the goal of making improvements to their operations and the bottom line. Technical service providers will work directly with dairy farm business owners to deliver outreach education to farm managers in the areas of milk quality, grazing and pasture management, dairy nutrition, animal husbandry, animal housing and facilities, and personnel management.
How can I apply for this program?
It’s easy! You can follow this link https://www.uvm.edu/extension/sustainableagriculture/dairy-herd-management-technical-assistance to apply directly on the website. There will be a short intake interview once you have filled out the initial web inquiry in which we will discuss more about your operation and your current herd management question or need. From there, we can discuss the best way to meet your needs. My contact information is listed below. Please be in touch if I can provide technical assistance on your farm.