Douglas Reinemann

Professor and CALS Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension

(608) 262-0223

146a Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

201 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Doug Reinemann Headshot

Program Affiliations

Education and Certificates

  • B.S. 1980 – Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. 1983 – Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. 1987 – Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University

Fields of Interest

  • Biomechanics of machine milking
  • Sustainable development of bio-energy systems
  • Renewable energy technology and policy
  • Biosensors for milk quality analysis
  • Effects of the electrical environment on farm animals
  • Integral thought and philosophy




  • Mein, GA, and DJ Reinemann, 2014. Machine Milking: Volume 1. Amazon Books. 167 pp.

Other Publications

  • Penry, JF, EL Endres, B de Bruijn, A. Kleinhans, PM Crump, DJ Reinemann, LL Hernandez, 2017. Effect of incomplete milking on milk production rate and composition with 2 daily milkings. J. Dairy Sci. 100:1535–1540
  • Penry, JF, J Upton, GA Mein, MD Rasmussen, I Ohnstad, PD Thompson, and DJ Reinemann, 2017. Estimating teat canal cross-sectional area to determine the effects of teat-end and mouthpiece chamber vacuum on teat congestion, J. Dairy Sci. 100:821–827
  • Cronin, KR, TM Runge, X Zhang, RC Izaurralde, DJ Reinemann and JC Sinistore, 2016. Spatially Explicit Life Cycle Analysis of Cellulosic Ethanol Production Scenarios in Southwestern Michigan, BioEnergy Research, doi:10.1007/s12155-016-9774-7
  • Upton J, DJ Reinemann, JF Penry, and PD Thompson, 2016. A quarter milking analysis device: development and demonstration. Biosystems Engineering, 147(2016)259-264.
  • Penry, JF, S Leonardi, J. Upton, PD Thompson and DJ Reinemann, 2016 Assessing liner performance using on-farm milk meters. J. Dairy Sci. 99(1-10)
  • Upton J, JF Penry, MD Rasmussen, PD Thompson and DJ Reinemann, 2016. Effect of pulsation rest phase duration on teat end congestion. Journal of Dairy Science 99:1-8.
  • Reinemann, DJ, and MD Rasmussen, 2016. Milking Parlors. In: Fuquay JW, Fox PF and McSweeney PLH (eds.), Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences, Third Edition, San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Meier, PJ, KR Cronin, EA Frost, TM Runge, BE Dale, DJ Reinemann, and J Detlor, 2015. Potential for Electrified Vehicles to Contribute to U.S. Petroleum and Climate Goals and Implications for Advanced Biofuels. Environ. Sci. Tech. 49(14)8277-8286.
  • Leonardi, S, JF Penry, FM Tangorra, PD Thompson and DJ Reinemann, 2015. Methods of Estimating Liner Compression. Journal of Dairy Science, 98(10)6905-6912.
    Aguirre-Villegas, H, R Larson and DJ Reinemann, 2015. Effects of management and co-digestion on life cycle emissions and energy from anaerobic digestion. Greenhouse Gasses Science and Technology 5:1-19(2015).
  • Sinistore, JC, DJ Reinemann, RC Izaurralde, KR Cronin, PJ Meier, TM Runge & XS Zhang, 2015. Life Cycle Assessment of Switchgrass Cellulosic Ethanol Production in the Wisconsin and Michigan Agricultural Contexts. Bioenerg. Res. (2015) 8: 897. doi:10.1007/s12155-015-9611-4
  • Aguirre-Villegas, HA, TH Passos-Fonseca, DJ Reinemann, LE Armentano, MA Wattiaux, VE Cabrerra, JM Norman, and R Larson, 2015. Green cheese: Partial life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity of integrated dairy production and bioenergy systems. J. Dairy Science, 98(3)1571-92.
  • Aguirre-Villegas, HA, R Larson, DJ Reinemann, 2014. From waste-to-worth: energy, emissions, and nutrient implications of manure processing pathways. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Bio-refining, 8:770–793.
  • Buchanan, JH, and DJ Reinemann, 2013. Critical Realist Integral Methodological Pluralism for Interdisciplinary Research in Agro-ecology. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 8(3&4)317-325.
  • Kraatz, S, JC Sinistore, and DJ Reinemann, 2013. Energy intensity and global warming potential of corn grain ethanol production in Wisconsin (USA). Food and Energy Security, June 2013.
  • Reinemann DJ, 2012. Stray Voltage and Milk Quality: A Review. Veterinary Clinics of North America, Food Animal Practice: Mastitis in Dairy Cows, 28(2)321-345, P.L Ruegg, editor. Elsevier Inc.
  • Aguirre-Villegas HA, FX Milani, S Kraatz, DJ Reinemann, 2012. Life Cycle Impact Assessment and Allocation Methods Development for Cheese and Whey Processing. Transactions of the ASABE 55(2)1-15.
  • Pantoja, JCF, ACO Rodrigues, C Hulland, DJ Reinemann, and PL Ruegg, 2012. Investigating Contamination of Bulk Tank Milk with Listeria monocytogenes on a Dairy Farm. Food Protection Trends (2012): 512
  • Pantoja, JCF, GJM Rosa, DJ Reinemann, and PL Ruegg, 2012. Sampling Strategies for Total Bacterial Count of Unpasteurized Bulk Milk. Journal of Dairy Science, 95(5)2326-2247.
  • Pantoja, JCF, DJ Reinemann and PL Ruegg, 2011. Factors associated with coliform count in unpasteurized bulk milk. Journal of Dairy Science 94(6)2680-2691.

Expertise Summary

Douglas J. Reinemann is professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has been on the faculty since 1990. Doug has been working at the interface between energy and agricultural systems for the past 20+years. His studies have included energy use and energy production in agricultural systems. He is a member of the sustainability group of the UW Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center examining environmental impacts of biofuels production systems. He also leads the UW ‘green cheese’ team who are investigating synergies between dairy and biofuels production systems in Wisconsin. Doug has been actively involved with the Midwest Rural Energy Council – an organization of power suppliers addressing issues related to energy supply to agricultural production and processing operations as well as integrating renewable energy resources into the energy distribution grid.

Dr. Reinemann has directed the activities of the UW Milking Research and Instruction lab since 1990. He is the US representative and Chair of the International Dairy Federation’s working group on machine milking, and is the US representative to the International Standards Organization committees on milking machine performance and installation and Automatic Milking Installations. He has chaired the machine milking committees of the ASABE and the NMC.

Doug received the National Food and Energy Award from the ASAE in 2001, the Pound Extension Award from the UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1998, the Young Engineer Award from the Wisconsin Section of the ASAE in 1998, and was nominated as a UW Distinguished Professor in 1997.

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