Establishing a foundation for a successful first lactation is a key component of a dairy farm’s financial success. This foundation starts on day one with the birth of the calf and continues until freshening. Emphasizing calf and heifer management will help the first-lactation heifer become a better cow.
The University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Team will host the “Better Heifers, Better Cows” dairy heifer meeting on Dec. 20 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, Wis.
Featured presenters will focus on various aspects of calf and heifer management that can influence the success of an animal’s lactation. This year’s presenters and topics include the following.
• UW Extension milk quality specialist Pamela Ruegg, DVM: “Using PCR Tests to Diagnose Mastitis and Calving Healthy Heifers — How to Maximize Udder Health”
• UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science postdoctoral researcher Sonia Gelsinger: “Neonatal Calf Nutrition Implications for Long-Term Performance”
• UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science adjunct/affiliate member and VitaPlus Dairy Youngstock technical specialist Noah Litherland, Ph.D.: “Nutrition and Management for Transitioning the First-Calf Heifer”
• UW Extension dairy agents Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Tina Kohlman: “Finding the Balance — Management of Calf Health vs. Cost of Production”
The program is open to any individuals with interest regarding dairy replacement. The fee includes materials and lunch. An additional late fee/walk-in fee will be added to the registration fee after Dec. 13. Detailed agenda and registration information can be found on the UW Extension Dairy Team calendar.
For more information regarding the program and to register, contact UW Extension Fond du Lac County at 920-929-3171, or email email@example.com.
Source: UW Extension