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Transition Cow Management Course

January 17 - March 13, 2020

Course Summary

The course is ideal for individuals who:

  • have been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of transition cow management
  • have had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on transition cow management
  • have been working with the farm transition cow program but want to know more about the how, what and why
  • have wanted to improve the transition cow performance of a herd but need to know where to start
  • have wanted to increase the skills provided to the farm or farm employer

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of dairy transition cow management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in transition cow management. 


In this course, you will learn the basics of transition cow management then quickly build from there.  Please note - topics in the course were also presented in the 2018 Transition Cow Management Online Course.

  • Transition Cow Physiology/Biology
  • Nutritional Strategies for Transition Cows
  • Fresh Cow Health Management
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Non-nutritional Management
  • Monitoring Health

How it works

This is a seven week course offered online through Moodle, an easy-to-use online interface viewed on your personal computer’s web browser. Presentations for each topic are prerecorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant.  An optional live Q & A session with presenters is held on Thursday's weekly via an online webinar. Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on the lessons and assignments.

This course has been approved for a maximum of 2.1 CEUs from the Cornell School of Continuing Education.   Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate notifying you of the CEUs awarded.