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Workshop Focuses on Happier, Healthier Transition Cows
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/18/2015

The Professional Dairy Producers is bringing the dairy industry's transition cow dream team to three one-day Transition Cow Conference workshops later this spring.

Dr. Gary Oetzel of the University of Wisconsin will share the most recent research findings on how to measure, prevent and manage two critical conditions that threaten fresh cow health and milk production. He will also address herd-level incidence of hypocalcemia, economic returns from oral calcium supplementation, new ketone monitoring options and how to measure returns from early detection and treatment of ketosis as well as provide take-home strategies for preventing hypocalcemia and ketosis.

Other speakers include Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois, who will discuss how transition cows should be fed, plus how results should be measured and managed. Hoof trimmer Karl Burgi will change how participants look at hoof care by covering lameness culprits and why timed, functional hoof trimming works. And Dr. Amelia Woolums, University of Georgia, will talk about ways to prevent illness and boost a dairy's bottom line.

The workshops will be held April 7, Appleton; April 8, Fennimore; and April 9, Eau Claire.

PDPW's Transition Cow Conference is an accredited training program with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. The training has also been pre-approved by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) for up to 4.0 CEUs for the training.

Registration for the workshops is open to dairy owners, herdspersons, dairy veterinarians and professional dairy nutritionists seeking the latest research, insight and techniques for furthering transition-cow management abilities. For more information, go to: www.pdpw.org or call 800-947-7379.

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