UVM Extension offers webinars to explore dairy management topics | Things to do

UVM Extension and the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center are partnering to offer three virtual webinars on dairy herd management this fall.

Sessions will be presented by Dr. Dayna Locitzer, a large animal veterinarian at Green Mountain Bovine Clinic in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, with over 10 years of experience working with pasture-based dairies in the Northeast. Although there is no cost to participate, prior registration is required.

For more details or to register, go to go.uvm.edu/herdhealth. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, please contact Kelsie Meehan at (518) 810-6431 or [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Each webinar will run from noon to 1 p.m. The dates and topics are:

October 6: All about vaccines: What you need to know for your herd. Dr. Locitzer will discuss the basics of how vaccines work, what diseases they prevent, and how farmers can make the right vaccine choices for their cows.

Oct. 20: Calving: What’s normal, what’s not, and when to intervene. Farmers will better understand how to manage their cows during calving with this webinar, which will cover the three stages of calving and the proper care for each stage. The discussion will also cover how to know when it’s time to intervene, what equipment is needed, and when to call the vet.

November 3: Using fluid therapy to treat sick cows: This webinar will explore common illnesses on dairy farms, such as mastitis and coliform pneumonia, and how fluid therapy can be used to treat these illnesses. Participants will learn how to administer fluids, what supplies are needed, and the appropriate fluids to use in different situations. Biological and conventional treatment methods for common diseases will be discussed.