Courtney Halbach, The Dairyland Initiative (US)
Courtney Halbach is the outreach specialist for The Dairyland Initiative, an outreach program with the UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated to providing dairy industry professionals with welfare-friendly housing recommendations and lameness prevention tools through a web-based platform and workshops. Her areas of interest include calf and adult cow barn design, positive pressure tube ventilation systems, and automatic milking facility design. She manages the website, which has had over 85,000 visitors since 2016 and hosts the program’s bi-annual workshops, which have attracted 1,930 dairy industry professionals. In addition to performing facility consultations, she conducts research on farms in the areas of automated milking facility design and labor efficiency, and heat stress prevention.
Courtney obtained her Master of Business Administration from Edgewood College in 2018 and graduated from Carleton College in June 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Food & Agriculture. Her senior group thesis examined the role of Extension services in promoting regenerative agricultural practices using the diffusion of innovations theory. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, she worked on a commercial dairy farm in Luxembourg where she compared sustainable agricultural practices between the United States and Luxembourg.