• Past Webinars


    A new way of thinking: Added value to your heifers and your operation
    Presenter: Cathy Bandyk, AB Vista ruminant technical director

    Bandyk will discuss how replacement heifers are a dairy herd’s future foundation. “We can all agree that the main goal for managing heifers is to control costs while achieving daily gains,” said Bandyk. “Calves never get over a bad start – or a good one.” Bandyk will explain how heifer growth can create a “ceiling” for future production. “Data shows that the increase in milk yield between lactations one and two, and two and three are fairly static – regardless of starting point.” Consider this rule of thumb: 100 pounds less body weight at calving results in about 700 pounds less milk produced in the first lactation.


    Are you frustrated by abomasal bloat in your calves?
    Presenter: Brian Miller, D.V.M. with Merck Animal Health

    For the past 20 years or more, abomasal bloat has been a sporadic disorder in calves less than 3 weeks of age. Although the etiology is unknown, several risk factors have been proposed as contributors to this disease. Treatment is often futile, so the key is prevention. During this webinar Brian Miller will outline the clinical signs of abomasal bloat, discuss possible causes, treatment options and detail preventative measures to reduce the frequency of this frustrating disease. 


    Economic cost of respiratory disease in dairy replacement heifers
    Presenter: Kevin Dhuyvetter, Ph. D., Elanco cattle technical consultant

    Dr. Dhuyvetter will dive into the short-term cost effects of BRD on replacement dairy heifers as well as the long-term effects on growth and milk production. New data will be shared pertaining to BRD incidence and how this impacts the cost of raising heifers with the intent to help producers make ROI-driven decisions for the years ahead if BRD is present within the herd.


    Electrolyte therapy in calves
    Presenter: Geof Smith, professor of ruminant nutrition in the department of population health and pathobiology at North Carolina State University

    Smith will explain calf diarrhea goals - rehydration, replenish electrolytes, correct acid-base abnormalities and provide nutritional support. "If diarrhea is recognized early, oral electrolyte solution (OES) can successfully address these goals," said Smith. He will provide insights regarding OES product selection and feeding protocols to achieve optimal success.


    Healthy gut, healthy calf, healthy future
    Presenter: Michael Steele, associate professor of animal physiology at the University of Guelph

    On U.S. dairies, the average mortality rate for pre‐weaned calves is about 7.8 percent,1 which means nearly all operations can make improvements in this area. Supporting calf health can pay dividends in reduced treatment costs, lowered death loss and improved gain and productivity.  To meet these goals, operations must ensure calves get a good start before they are challenged with stress. That takes attention to management practices and nutrition.


    Know your flies and how to control them around your dairies
    Presented by: Rick Hack, an independent business consultant with RJH Consulting, LLC

    A nuisance to animals and people, adult flies continue to lay eggs if adult fly and larval populations are not controlled. Eliminating all fly breeding material is not feasible to prevent adults from repopulating. However, controlling larvae is a proactive process that helps prevent adult flies from laying eggs and repopulating. Thus, Hack recommends continuously managing larvae and adult flies throughout fly season. "Program success is dependent on using the right products at the right time in the right way," says Hack.


    Raising the bar on passive transfer
    Presented by: Dave Cook, Milk Products technical services manager and Adam Geiger, Zinpro Corporation research nutritionist

    Feeding colostrum immediately after birth is not optional. Rather, it’s a requirement to ensure that calves receive the immunity provided by immunoglobulin G (IgG). Without it, both morbidity and mortality in calves can be high. In fact, many industry experts regard colostrum delivery as not just a performance issue but also an animal welfare issue.


    What’s new in colostrum management?
    Presented by: Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

    The foundation of bovine health and productivity, colostrum provides antibodies and other factors that stimulate a calf’s immune system and gut development. Not all colostrum is created equal.


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