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Calf and Heifer Management Online Course

Who should attend?

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


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

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.  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.


Platform and Technology Requirements


We recommend that you use a computer with a DSL or cable modem connection, or a mobile device with a fast connection for optimal viewing of videos.


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.


You DO need to have functioning speakers for the webinars but DO NOT need to have a headset or video camera. You should 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.

For More Information

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Kathy Barrett

Senior Extension Associate

Animal Science


Kathy Barrett
Rob Lynch
Robert Lynch

Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist


Robert Lynch
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Heather Darrow

Conference Coordinator

Animal Science


Heather Darrow


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] (hh96[at]cornell[dot]edu).