New dairy podcast takes research to the barn

Dairy specialist Reagan Bluel is finding new ways to serve often-isolated dairy farmers.

Aug. 31, 2020

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Reagan Bluel

When COVID-19 forced MU Extension to shut down face-to-face trainings in March, University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel realized she needed a new way to serve dairy producers. Even before the pandemic, Bluel said dairy producers often find themselves somewhat socially isolated because they need to be at the farm for twice-a-day milkings, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Bluel decided to produce a short podcast that highlights “need to know” information from the Journal of Dairy Science.

Without access to professional video and audio resources, Bluel challenged her husband and children to help her create “Dairy Science Digest.” Her husband plays the ukulele music that opens each episode, and her children helped her learn new technology to produce the podcast.

Bluel interviews leading dairy science researchers across the country for the podcasts. She condenses the interviews to fewer than 30 minutes.

The free podcasts are available at

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