Milk Research

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Edwin C. Couch
Agricultural Service Assistant I
Senior Milker

Jenna Holder
Agricultural Service Aide II
Assistant Milker

Kasey Thomas
Service Aide II
Assistant Milker

Roger Tomberlin
Service Aide II
Assistant Milker



New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

Down to the Short Rows, 11/17/2015

Changes Coming to AgResearch Administration, 9/17/2015


(7 mentions)

Mastitis Research 
Dairy farmers face many challenges – including a disease that threatens their cattle and the quality of their milk. AgResearch and Extension team up with producers to fight this problem.

(1 mention)

It’s a common site on Tennessee farmland – a grazing herd of goats or sheep. But for small animal farmers, their herds can sometimes face health risks.

(1 mention)

Hatcher Family Dairy 
Tennessee has lost roughly half its dairy farms in the past decade. But one family wants to keep its centuries-old operation going, and is adapting new production plans to sell their dairy products.


Recent Publications

Antimicrobial Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Dairy Cows and Genetic Diversity of Resistant Isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. M. Vaughn, C. E. Merill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2018 Jul;15(7):449-458. [Abstract]

Bovine intramammary infection associated immunogenic surface proteins of Streptococcus uberis Kerro Dego, O., R. A. Almeida, A. M. Saxton, R. D. Abdi, D. B. Ensermu, and S. P. Oliver.  2018.  Microbial Pathogenesis, Volume 115: 304 - 311, February 2018. [Abstract]

Sensitivity to Viscosity Changes and Subsequent Estimates of Satiety across Different Senses.  Luckett, C. R., R. Pellegrino, J. D. Jones, and G. E. Shupe.  2018.  Appetite, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, Florida. July 18th. [Abstract]

Sensitivity to viscosity changes and subsequent estimates of satiety across different senses Pellegrino, R., J. D. Jones, G. E. Shupe, and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Appetite, 133(1): 101-106. [Abstract]

A 100-Year Review: Lactating dairy cattle housing management Bewley, J. M., L. M. Robertson, and E. Eckelkamp.  2017.  Journal of Dairy Science, 100(12), 10418-10431. [Abstract]

Optimal Milk Production for Cows in Beef Cattle Production.  Boyer, C., S. E. Edwards, J. D. Hobbs, J. T. Mulliniks, and A. P. Griffith.  2017.  Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Mobile, AL. February 4-7, 2017..

Lactobionic acid enhances the synergistic effect of nisin and thymol against Listeria monocytogenes Scott A in tryptic soy broth and milk.  Chen, H., and Q. Zhong.  2017.  International Journal of Food Microbiology, 260: 36–41.

Lactobionic acid enhances the synergistic effect of nisin and thymol against Listeria monocytogenes Scott A in tryptic soy broth and milk.  Chen, H., and Q. Zhong.  2017.  The 2017 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 25-28, Las Vegas, NV. Paper #P02-053.

Farm Business and Operator Variables Associated with Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Count from Dairy Herds in the Southeastern United States DeLong, K. L., D. M. Lambert, S. M. Schexnayder, P. D. Krawczel, J. M. Fly, L. Garkovich, and S. P. Oliver.  2017.  Journal of Dairy Science, 100(11):9298-9310. [Abstract]

High milk production decreases cow-calf productivity within a highly available feed resource environment.  Edwards, S. E., J. D. Hobbs, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2017.  Translational Animal Science.

Milking efficiency in AMS – Effects of teaser feed and take-off level.  Ferneborg, S., R. A. Black, S. Agenas, M. Thulin, K. Svennersten, E. Ternman, and P. D. Krawczel.  2017.  Journal of Dairy Science, 100(Suppl. 2): 355.

Milk Prices Climb almost $1/cwt in Southeast Griffith, A. P.  2017.  Dairy Herd Management.