UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team is offering two workshops in January focused on the transition period, one of the most critical and challenging times in the life of a cow. Designed to help producers understand how to manage this important period, the workshops will offer hands-on experience for participants.
Workshops will be held:
- Jan. 16 – Hoss’s Steak House, 9016 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon
- Jan. 23 – Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster
Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and registration fee is $30 which includes lunch and materials. Registration deadline is Jan. 12, 2018, for the Huntingdon workshop and Jan. 19, 2018 for the Lancaster workshop. Registration can be done online at https://extension.psu.edu/transition-cow-management.
“Good management practices as well as proactive actions are key to avoiding health problems, and the workshops will offer practical options for using technology to monitor health,” said Maurico Rosales, Extension Dairy Educator in Lancaster County. Producers are encouraged to bring their own samples (milk and urine) to be analyzed during the workshops.
Two new Extension Veterinarians and Research Associates, Drs. Hayley Springer and Adrian Barragan, will be featured in these meetings. “We are very glad to have these two excellent professionals in our team. They bring a different perspective in addition to broad experience in the dairy industry” said Rosales.
Springer first began doing transition cow nutrition research as an undergraduate student at Penn State. She received her M.S. and D.V.M. degrees from Iowa State University and worked as an on-farm vet for a 2,400 cow dairy for more than two years.
Barragan is an Argentinian native where he worked in large beef operations before moving to Colorado and working in Aurora Organic Dairy, with 5,000 milking cows. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University.
Two well-known PSU educators will be part of these meetings as well: Dr. Robert Van Saun, Extension Veterinarian and Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; and, Virginia Ishler, Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science. They will discuss feed management and the metabolic profile during the transition time.
— Penn State Extension