Wisconsin dairy producers can learn more about the latest calf-care techniques at the hand-on training offered by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Choose from one of three one-day Calf Care Connection workshops: Dec. 8, Arlington, Wis.; Dec. 9, Chilton, Wis.; and Dec. 10, Eau Claire, Wis.
Each one-day workshop will provide dairy producers, professional calf feeders and heifer growers with the latest research, cutting-edge techniques and hands-on training so they have a distinct competitive edge. This isn’t the typical day-long classroom-style discussion as the labs are extremely hands-on. In addition to learning new procedures, calf raisers will have a chance to practice in a supervised learning situation.
The agenda for each workshop includes four presentations, three hour-long learning labs involving live calves and an expert panel where top-of-mind questions can be asked. Presentations will cover calf management styles, use of vaccines in dry cows and wet calves, sanitation protocols that can help cut health costs and “Feeding Your Calves, Starving Your Checkbook or Striking the Right Balance.” Learning lab topics include, delivering more live results, advanced lifesaving procedures and what works and doesn’t work regarding pasteurizers.
Presenters include Steve Hayes, DVM; Don Sockett, DVM, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; Todd McDonough, Land O’Lakes Inc.; Daryl Dydam, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; Simon Peek, DVM, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison; Dr. Tom Earleywine, Land O’Lakes Inc.; and Richard Dumm, DVM, Dairy Tech Inc.