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Calf & Heifer Management Online Course

September 13 - November 8, 2019

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of calf and heifer management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in calf and heifer management.  The course is ideal for individuals who:

  • are working on a dairy farm and are looking to increase their knowledge of calf and heifer management
  • have had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on calf and heifer management
  • have been working with the farm’s calf and heifer program but want to know more about the how, what and why
  • want to improve the calf and heifer management of their herd but need to know where to start
  • want to increase the skills they bring to the farm or your farm employer
  • have been wondering where they’ll find the time to attend a course or workshop

Topics covered:

  • Calf Nutrition Pre-weaning - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
  • Calf Nutrition Post-weaning - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
  • Replacement Economics - Jason Karszes, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
  • Colostrum Management - Dr. Kim Morrill, CHR Hansen
  • Inventory Management - Margaret Quaassdorff, NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team
  • Genetics - Dr. Heather Huson, Cornell University
  • Calf Health - Dr. Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
  • Housing - Curt Gooch, PE, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

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.