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Animal Handling

The Importance of Good Handling Skills for Dairy Cows

Dr. Katy Proudfoot, The Ohio State University

On November 5th, 2015,  Dr. Proudfoot discussed why using appropriate animal handling practices is so important for dairies! She talked about cow memory and how that can influence fear responses to handlers, as well as how you can determine whether your farm or your client's farm could benefit from a handling training program.

View the recorded webinar.
View Dr. Proudfoot's PowerPoint presentation.


Articles:

DAIReXNET Webinar Review: The Importance of Good Handling Skills for Dairy Cows

Genomics and Genetic Selection

Sire Selection Considerations for Dairy Producers

Dr. Chad Dechow, Pennsylvania State University

Choosing sires is one of the more important decisions on a dairy, affecting herd health and productivity in future generations. In this webinar, held on February 1, 2016, Dr. Dechow joined us to discuss some key points you should consider when selecting sires. He covered:

  • genetic progress and lag in commercial populations
  • the use of young vs. daughter-proven sires
  • selection indexes to simplify selection criteria
  • breeding for healthier cows

View the recorded webinar.
View Dr. Dechow's PowerPoint presentation.

 

An Overview of Genomic Selection and Fertility

Dr. Pete Hansen, University of Florida
Release date: July 18, 2016

In this webinar, Dr. Hansen joins us to discuss genomic selection as it relates to fertility traits. Learn about single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), the challenges in selecting for reproductive traits, and some of the current work in overcoming those challenges.

 

Articles:
Genetics and Genomics: An Introduction
Webinar Review: Sire Selection Considerations for Dairy Producers
 

Older Heifer Management

Managing Mastitis in Bred Heifers

In this webinar, Dr. Nickerson discusses the prevalence and treatment of mastitis in bred heifers, as well as several strategies for prevention. Learn about using teat seals, controlling horn fly populations, vaccinations, and feed additives that might help reduce the incidence of new infections.

View the recorded webinar.
View Dr. Nickerson's PowerPoint Presentation.

 

Articles:

Considerations when Planning Diary Calf and Heifer Facilities
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers

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