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Seminar 03

The Replacement Heifer from Birth to Calving


Fee: $500 Limit: 35
Level: Basic    
Room: Sheraton, Camelback A    
Date/Time: Sunday, September 09, 2018  8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Monday, September 10, 2018  8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2018  8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Coordinators: Corbett Computers No
Faculty: Corbett , Kammel , Godden , Chase , Overton , Smith , Corbett  

Description: Sunday: Calf Housing Design and Management Options (2 hours) Calf and heifer housing and management options will be presented for calves from birth to 6 months old. Design and management systems that provide a comfortable resting surface along with excellent air quality. Comparison of calf hutches, indoor housing and group housing in relation to comfort and air quality, especially in adverse weather conditions. Design and location of positive pressure tube ventilation systems will be discussed. Design of group calf pens with automatic feeding systems. Heifer Housing Design and Management Options (1.5 hours) Design of new heifer barns for small, medium and large dairy operations, as well as dairies that are in the process of expanding, while minimizing labor for heifer care. Mechanical ventilation and controlled environment systems for larger dairies and calf ranches. Adapting barn design to local environmental conditions. Manure management for older heifer facilities. Economics of Raising Dairy Heifers (1.5 hours) Intensive feeding programs are rapidly becoming more commonplace in US dairy operations. The most common question asked is what is the cost of these programs. The economics of raising dairy heifers will be discussed in depth so that practitioners can answer their clientís questions about the costs of improving heifer nutrition. Reproductive Management (1.5 hours) Reproductive management of the breeding age heifer will be thoroughly discussed along with the various synchronization protocols currently being used on dairy heifers. Criteria for culling of breeding age heifers. Monday: Birth to Weaning: To cover colostrum management and its effect on biosecurity, as well as maintaining quality during pasteurization. Immunology of the neonatal calf and vaccination programs for replacement heifers from birth to weaning. Nutrition of the replacement heifer from birth to weaning, including accelerated growth and implementation of accelerated growth programs for heifer calves on the farm. Management practices for the prevention, control and treatment of neonatal disease. Controlling mycoplasma outbreaks in calf-rearing facilities. Tuesday: Weaning to Pre-Calving: Management of the weaned dairy heifer including nutrition, vaccination protocols, disease prevention, control and treatment, and biosecurity of raising dairy heifers. Milk production data from intensively raised heifers. New information on intensive feeding programs for raising dairy heifers will be covered.

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