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Calf and Heifer Management

Online Course

This course will cover basic calf and heifer management principles led by staff from Cornell University and industry researchers. It is designed for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of calf and heifer management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in calf and heifer management. 

Topics

  • Calf Nutrition Pre- and Post-Weaning
  • Calf Nutrition Post-weaning
  • Replacement Economics
  • Colostrum Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Genetics
  • Calf Health
  • Housing

Format

New this year! We are launching this course in 2 different formats.  The content is the same in each format and you can choose the format that suits your schedule best.

The Real-Time course includes recorded video lectures, weekly quizzes and homework assignments, weekly live Question & Sessions with the instructors, and participant discussion forums. Course material should be completed as outlined in the course calendar over the 7 weeks of the course.

The On-Demand course includes recorded video lectures and weekly quizzes. You may begin the course whenever you want and will have 6 months to complete it once enrolled. Access to course materials begins on October 29.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) who are seeking to increase their knowledge of calf and heifer management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in calf and heifer management. The course is ideal for individuals who:

  • are working on a dairy farm and are looking to increase their knowledge of calf and heifer management
  • have had some formal training or coursework but want a refresher on calf and heifer management
  • have been working with the farm’s calf and heifer program but want to know more about the how, what and why
  • want to improve the calf and heifer management of their herd but need to know where to start
  • want to increase the skills they bring to the farm or your farm employer
  • have been wondering where they’ll find the time to attend a course or workshop

How it works

This course is offered online using the web-based platform, Moodle.  From the comfort of your home or office, watch pre-recorded presentations on your own schedule. 

Real-Time Course (7 weeks)

The Real-Time course format includes recorded video lectures, weekly quizzes and homework assignments, weekly live Question & Sessions with the instructors, and participant discussion forums. Corresponding assignments are due each week over the duration of the course (7 weeks).

Presentations for each topic are pre-recorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing. 

To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week on the lessons and assignments.

On-Demand Course

The On-Demand course format includes recorded video lectures and weekly quizzes. You may begin the course at any time and complete cousework on your own schedule.  Once you have enrolled in the course, you have 6 months to complete.

Presentations for each topic are pre-recorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant.   Quizzes are integrated to reinforce concepts of each presentation.

Registration

Fee

$250.00 per person

How to Register

An email address is required to register and only one registration per email address may be submitted. Members of the same company or farm may not register online using the same email address. The email address used should be unique to the person attending as it is used the track payments and attendance across events. If you are registering on behalf of the person attending, you will have the option to enter your email to receive confirmation emails for the person attending.

Register for Real-Time Course

Registration for real-time course closes on October 28.

Register for On-Demand Course

Questions?

Contact Heather Darrow, Conference Coordinator, at dmconf [at] cornell.edu or (607) 255-4478.

Refund Policy

A full refund of the registration fee paid will be given if notification is provided 1 week or more prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations less than 1 week before the course starts will receive a refund at staff discretion. Refunds will be returned according to original payment method and process. Substitutions of attendees are permitted but must be approved by the conference coordinator.

Technology Requirements

Online Classroom

This online course is offered using Moodle, an easy-to-use online interface viewed on your personal computer’s web browser. You will receive information on how to access this system after registering online.

Presentations for each topic are pre-recorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant. An optional live Q & A session with presenters is held on Thursdays each week via an online webinar. These sessions are also recorded and posted in the classroom for those unable to participate at the scheduled time.

Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately two hours per week on the lessons and assignments.

Operating System

The following operating systems are supported by our webinar platform, Zoom:

  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Windows XP with SP3 or later, Vista with SP1 or later
  • Surface PRO 2 (running Win 8.1) or Surface PRO 3 (running Win 10)
  • iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices

Browsers that are supported by Zoom:

  • Windows: IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

If you are using an unsupported operating system you will not be able to join the live webinar sessions that feature some of the best content of the course, so please do not register for courses unless you will upgrade your operating system before the course begins. Visit the Zoom System Requirements page for further information.

Internet

We recommend that you use a computer with a DSL or cable modem connection, or a mobile device with a fast connection. Satellite connection is also feasible, but may be unpredictable when participating in webinars. Zoom offers additional recommendations relative to internet bandwidth.  Lack of high-speed internet at your home doesn't necessarily preclude participation – participants can join the weekly webinar from their local library or from a friend’s home.

Software

Special software for the course is not required, beyond an internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc.) and a small free download you will be automatically prompted to complete to access webinars on Zoom. It is helpful, but not strictly necessary, to have Microsoft Office (for Word and Excel documents). Your instructor can provide other options if you don’t have Office.

Hardware

You DO need to have functioning speakers for the webinars but DO NOT need to have a headset or video camera. You should have be familiar with the functions of your computer and with browsing the internet. The more comfortable you are with new technology and distance learning, the more you will get out of the course.

Accommodations

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If accommodations are needed to participate fully access these recordings, please contact Heather Darrow at hh96 [at] cornell.edu.

Accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If accommodations are needed to participate or fully access content, please contact Heather Darrow at hh96 [at] cornell.edu.

For More Information

Heather Darrow
Conference Coordinator (registration questions)
dmconf [at] cornell.edu

Kathy Barrett
Course Coordinator
kfb3 [at] cornell.edu

Rob Lynch
Course Coordinator
rlynch [at] cornell.edu