Michael Schutz

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Research Program

  • Standardization of milk records for milking interval. In cooperation with National Dairy Herd Improvement Association and USDA's Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, Dr. Schutz has initiated work to estimate new factors to standardize milking interval.

  • Selection of divergent genetic lines for dairy form. This research will set out to explore the relationships among production, reproduction, and dairy form, a conformation trait combining size, strength, and body condition.

  • Genetics for pasture-based dairy production. This work will derive an appropriate index of genetic selection weights for use by graziers.

  • Assessment of intervention technologies for dairy cattle. This ongoing research will uncover the cost-benefit relationships of dairy farm investments in intervention technologies, such as automatic temperature monitoring and automatic body condition scoring.

  • Assessing chronic stress in calves. Preference for sucrose has proven to be an indicator of stress in calves. Follow-up work will explore whether molasses consumption will increase for calves that are stressed by regular intermittent isolation and regrouping with novel individuals.

  • Calf comfort in hutches. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, work has focused on alternative bedding materials, ventilation, and floor surface modification for calf comfort in outdoor calf hutches.


O'Driscoll, K., S.D. Eicher, M.M. Schutz, and A.C. Lossie. (2009). The effect of floor surface on dairy cow immune function and locomotion score. J. Dairy Sci. 92:4249-4261.

Bewley, J.M., R.E. Boyce, J. Hockin, L. Munksgaard, S.D. Eicher, M.E. Einstein, and M.M. Schutz. (2010). Influence of milk yield, stage of lactation and body condition on dairy cattle lying behaviour using an automated activity monitoring sensor. Journal of Dairy Res. 77:1-6.

Bewley, J.M., R.E. Boyce, D.J. Roberts, M.P. Coffey, M.M. Schutz. (2010). Comparison of two methods of assessing dairy cow body condition score. J. Dairy Res. 77:95-98.

Bewley, J.M., M.D. Boehlje, A.W. Gray, H. Hogeveen, S.J. Kenyon, S.D. Eicher, and M.M. Schutz. (2010). Stochastic Simulation Using @Risk for Dairy Business Investment Decisions. Agricultural Finance Rev. 70:97-125.

Bewley, J.M., M.D. Boehlje, A.W. Gray, H. Hogeveen, S.J. Kenyon, S.D. Eicher, and M.M. Schutz. (2010). Assessing the Potential Value for an Automated Dairy Cattle Body Condition Scoring System through Stochastic Simulation. Agricultural Finance Rev. 70:126-150.

Navarro, J.I., L.J. Unruh Snyder, R.P. Lemenager, M.C. Claeys, M.M. Schutz, S.S. Donkin, T. R. Johnson, K. Foster, M. Marshall, D. Buckmaster, and S. L. Lake. (2011). Resources Inventory of Beef and Dairy Operations for the Use of Ethanol Coproducts. Journal of Extension. 49, Num 2, 16p.

Eicher, S.D., D.C. Lay, Jr., J.D. Arthington, and M.M. Schutz. (2013). Effects of rubber flooring during the first two lactations on production, locomotion, hoof health, immune functions, and stress. J. Dairy Sci. 96:3639–3651 [Featured article by Editor-in-Chief for June 2013].


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