Calf raising tips, tricks and critical steps that can make a big difference on your dairy will be shared at two upcoming one-day Calf Care Workshops: Wednesday, Oct. 19, Marshfield, and Thursday, Oct. 19, Arlington. Developed by dairy producers for dairy producers, the workshops are for calf managers and caregivers who want to take their calf-raising capabilities to the next level.
The hands-on workshops will focus on raising healthy, content calves. Calf raiser Minnie Ward will kick off the workshop with "Get Calf Savvy—Latest Research and Information," and focus on three important calf care areas: automated calf feeders, colostrums and ventilation.
The always-popular Dr. Sheila McGuirk, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "Calf Care Skills and Techniques: Get It Right to Grow Them Right," Dr. McGuirk will take participants from the first 12 hours of crucial calf care and proceed through the dehorning stage. Live demonstrations will enhance the learning experience and address newborn resuscitation, injections and IV administration techniques and protocols, proper use of the esophageal feeder, navel care and dehorning.
Veterinarian Dr. Dave Rhoda will present "The Issue of Drug Residue." Dr. Rhoda will talk about why the proper use of antibiotics and other medical tools are important for the well-being of the calf and the safety of beef and milk.
Lunch will be provided, followed by an "Ask the expert" session, where attendees can get advice on the most pressing calf-rearing questions and concerns.
PDPW is offering the same workshop at two different locations for the convenience of dairy producers and so that a small classroom size allows for more producer engagement.
Registration for either workshop is $100/person for PDPW members and $150/person for non-PDPW members. Individuals attending from the same dairy can register for a reduced rate of $75/person for PDPW members and $125/person for non-PDPW members.
Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information go to www.pdpw.org or call PDPW at 800-947-7379.