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Have you…

  • been working with the farm transition cow program but want to know more about the how, what and why?
  • wanted to improve the transition cow performance of your herd but need to know where to start?
  • wanted to increase the skills you bring to the farm or your farm employer?
  • been wondering where you’ll find the time to attend a course or workshop?

If so, this webinar series is designed for you! The webinars are short, to the point, and just 30 minutes. Grab your lunch and join us. 

The generosity of our sponsors has enabled us to offer this series free of charge to participants. Pre-registration is required

Topics and Speakers

November 2: Transition Cow Nutrition - This session discusses why the transition diet has a tremendous impact on cow health and milk production, and how to ensure adequate nutrition is supplied at each phase of transition.

Presenter: Tom Overton, PhD, Professor of Dairy Management, Chairman of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University

November 9: Feeding the Transition Cow - The mechanics of providing feed in conjunction with transition cow behavior is a crucial aspect in providing adequate nutrition.  We’ll discuss factors in feeding management during this session.

Presenters: Dave Balbian, Betsy Hicks, Margaret Quaassdorff, CCE Regional Dairy Specialists

November 16: Selective Dry Cow Therapy - Learn how dry cow therapy impacts transition cow management.  We discuss the basics of selective dry cow therapy.

Presenter: Daryl Nydam, DVM, Faculty Director, Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Dept of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

November 23: Facility Considerations - Housing can make or break a cow’s transition period and her next lactation. Both her physical and behavioral needs are discussed.

Presenter: Lindsay Ferlito, NNY CCE Regional Dairy Specialist

November 30: Calving Considerations - Parturition is critical step in transition. This session discusses the basics of cow behavior, calving assistance, and physiology.

Presenters: Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, Margaret Quaassdorff, NWNY Regional Dairy Specialist

December 7-Post Calving Monitoring - This session outlines steps to monitor cow health post calving.

Presenters: Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, Margaret Quaassdorff, NWNY CCE Regional Dairy Specialist

December 14: Evaluating Transition Management - This session will cover Dairy Comp items to track and to measure success of the transition program.

Presenter: Judy Moody, Agricultural Resource Management Specialist, Dairy One

Date & Time

November 2, 2021 - December 14, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

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Kathy Barrett

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The PRO-DAIRY mission is to facilitate New York state economic development by increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of New York's dairy farm businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability, while advancing dairy producers and agribusiness professionals' knowledge, skills and enthusiasm.

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