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2020 Dairy Health Conference Webinar Program

Webinar #1: Genomics and Herd Replacement Strategies

Thursday, June 11, 2020
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. CST


Dairy Herd Turnover in a High Technology, High Information World: How Could Veterinarians Help?
1-3 p.m.

John Fetrow

Presenter: John Fetrow, University of Minnesota (emeritus)

Refocusing on dairy herd turnover. Planning for replacements, selecting culls, and planning breeding and youngstock programs. What tools can producers and veterinarians bring to bear in an age of extensive information, sexed semen, and genomics? 


Beef Semen in Dairy Cows: Does it Always Make Economic Sense

3–4 p.m.

Fernanda Ferreira

Presenter: Fernanda Ferreira, University of California - Davis

Attendees will learn when and how the use of beef semen in dairy cows is economically feasible, and the strategies that make economic sense to select which cows should receive beef semen, and in which breedings.



Panel Questions and Discussion with John Fetrow and Fernanda Ferreira

4-4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

Webinar #2: Housing, Health and Reproductive Monitoring – What’s Current and What’s Coming?

Thursday, June 18, 2020: 1–4:30 p.m CST

New Concept in Dairy Barn Design - Hybrid Ventilation

1–2:00 p.m.

Gordie Jones

Presenter: Gordie Jones, DVM and Owner; Central Sands Dairy

Goals for the dairy barn: Fresh air for all cows everywhere, no heat stress, no cow bunching, no frozen manure, and operational costs equal to Natural Ventilation. Goals Achieved!



Cows Going High Tech: Automating Health Management Programs using Sensor Technologies

2–3:00 p.m.

Julio Giordano

Presenter: Julio Giordano, Cornell University
This presentation will cover recent research evaluating the relationship between behavioral, physiological, and performance parameters measured by sensors with biological events of interest such as calving and health disorders. The challenges and opportunities of incorporating different automated monitoring technologies for detection of dairy cows with health disorders will be discussed.



Repro Programs Now and in the Future: Combining the Old and the New to Optimize Herd Performance.

3–4:00 p.m.

Julio Giordano

Presenter: Julio Giordano, Cornell University

This presentation will cover the latest concepts on reproductive biology and management of dairy cattle. Special emphasis will be given to novel technologies and methods (e.g., genomics, automated estrus detection, manipulation of the VWP) that may be used in combination with traditional tools to optimize herd profitability. The implementation of reproductive management strategies for dairy farms with different management philosophies and resources will be discussed.


Panel Questions and Discussion with Gordie Jones and Julio Giordano

4–4:30 p.m

Moderator: Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

Webinar #3: Research Updates from the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University Faculty

Thursday, August 6, 2020: 1–4:30 p.m. CST


Let's Move Our Cheese – Thriving in the Twenties

Marin Bozic

Presenter: Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota

Dr. Bozic will provide an update on dairy markets and policy. In addition to short term market dynamics, we will evaluate changes dairyman should anticipate in the near future, and how they, and their cooperatives, can best prepare to succeed in the new market environment. 



Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Gerard Cramer

Presenter: Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota





Training the Next Generation of Rural Vets

Tim Goldsmith

Presenter: Tim Goldsmith, University of Minnesota

Tim will discuss the CVM food animal curriculum, including the coming 2+2 program with South Dakota.




How to Manage the Change to RFID

Joe Armstrong

Presenter: Joe Armstrong, University of Minnesota

Attendees can expect to learn: How to manage conversations with your producers; what benefit can RFID technology have for producers; how I see RFID technology being incorporated into the current practice model


Are High Ketones Always Bad?

Luciano Caixeta

Presenter: Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

Attendees will learn about the results of a large observational trial carried out in 5 farms in Minnesota. Dr. Caixeta aims to present his views regarding the current recommendation of administering ketosis treatment to every cow that has elevated urine or blood ketone in early lactation.


Next Steps in Lameness

Gerard Cramer

Presenter: Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota

Get a brief update on the latest research related to dairy cow lameness.




Update on Analgesic Research for Mitigation of Lameness Pain

Pat Gorden

Presenter: Pat Gorden, Iowa State University

There are no approved analgesics to control lameness-associated pain and many challenges to conducting research on this topic. This talk will give an update of findings from ongoing research to improve our ability to mitigate lameness pain.



Pair Housing of Dairy Calves: Advantages Over Individual Housing and Insights into Successful Implementation

Whitney Knauer

Presenter: Whitney Knauer, University of Minnesota

This talk will highlight new research in pair housing, focusing on advantages of pair over individual housing as well as delving into what is currently understood about implementing this social housing strategy in hutch and/or barn housed pre-weaned calves. 


Selective Dry Cow Therapy: The Time is Right!

Erin Royster

Presenter: Erin Royster, University of Minnesota

We now have sufficient evidence to support implementation of Selective Dry Cow Therapy on US dairy farms. However, when, whether and how to implement SDCT will vary depending on many farm factors. Veterinarians can play a key role in these decisions and the UMN CVM dairy team is working on educational materials to support veterinarians and producers through the decision making process.

Bedding Management and Udder Health: How to Get Better Results out of Recycled Manure Solids and Sand Bedding

Sandra Godden

Presenter: Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota

While the ‘average’ manure solids herd experiences worse udder health than the ‘average’ sand bedded herd, some individual herds using either material have discovered secrets to improving bedding hygiene and udder health. We’ll update you on research investigating the efficacy of adopting different processing or management techniques for these bedding materials.


Panel Questions and Discussion with Faculty

4:00 - 4:30 p.m

Moderator: Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota