Portrait Photograph of Douglas Reinemann

Douglas Reinemann

Professor and Chair

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences | Biological Systems Engineering

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI

Douglas Reinemann is proud to call Sheboygan his hometown and to have found a place at the University of Wisconsin, where the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the state. His work as a Professor has given him the opportunity to see a world of ideas and places to bring back to the place he calls home.


A History of Dairy Technology and Its Influence on the Wisconsin Communities

Wisconsin became Americas dairyland because of its unique natural environment with the climate and land well suited to growing dairy feed and nurturing dairy cows. Technology has been the third leg of the milking stool. Mechanization of diary feed production and storage and especially the milking process have shaped the size, look and makeup of dairy farms and rural communities in Wisconsin. The consistent trend has been increased labor efficiency resulting a steady decline in the worker-to-cow ratio over the last 100 years.  This talk will provide a tour of the development of dairy technology from hand milking to robotic milking and discuss the changes in the structure of Wisconsin dairy farms and rural communities.