Focus on the First 24 Hours

Date: February 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Franklin Inn, 1070 E Huron Ave, Bad Axe, MI
Contact: Faith Cullens, cullensf@msu.edu, 989-224-5241.

The first 24 hours of a calf’s life can significantly influence its longevity and productivity in the herd. This 2017 MSU Extension dairy winter program is designed for dairy farm owners, herd managers and agribusiness professionals to learn about the latest research and strategies to improve long-term health and growth of dairy replacements from the first day.

Newborn calves must consume ample quantities of high quality colostrum shortly after birth to ensure successful passive transfer. The meeting will focus on the dam’s ability to produce high quality colostrum based on vaccination protocols and nutritional management during the dry period. Other colostrum quality factors to be highlighted are timing of colostrum harvest (first milking) and avoiding bacterial contamination of colostrum. 

Managing the maternity pen to minimize stress for the cow and to provide a clean environment for the calf and the dam will be reviewed. Ways to reduce stillbirths will be discussed including genetic selection and appropriate intervention during calving. Techniques for handling the newborn calf to minimize any additional stress following birth will be discussed. Special considerations for handling calves during the winter will be covered. 

Speakers include
Marianne Buza, Faith Cullens, Phil Durst, Kathy Lee, and Stan Moore

All programs run from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration Fee: $35 for the first person $15 for each additional person from the same farm (includes lunch and educational materials)

 

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