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Penn State Extension Dairy Team to Hold Webinar Series on Using Dairy Farm Records

Posted: October 14, 2013

The series will help producers improve production through effective use of dairy farm records.

 Penn State's Extension Dairy Team will help producers use their dairy farm records to maximize their herd's potential.  Beginning on October 25, a series of four webinars is scheduled to help participants learn alternative ways to interpret monthly records and introduce them to specialized online tools to assess these records.

Topics for the series are:

* October 25: Milk Production. This webinar will focus on methods and techniques to monitor trends and break down the herd to identify which animals are not performing.

* November 1: Milk Component Production. Milk levels are just one way of identifying a cow's potential; components can be equally important and identifying outliers can present opportunities.

* November 8: Milk Quality Diagnosis. Herd level, groups of animals and individuals all contribute to diagnosing mastitis data. Learn techniques in graphing and trend analysis to help monitor performance.

* November 15: Tracking Herd Inventory and Cow Flow. The final session will piece together skills from the previous sessions to assist in using trend data for projections and summaries of heifers and cows both in the present and in the future.

Registration fee is $75 for all four webinars. All webinars are from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This program is eligible for 1 SmartStart credit for every 2 webinars from AgChoice Farm Credit.

Register online at extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy, or download the form and mail to Penn State Extension Dairy Team, 324 Henning Bldg., University  Park, PA 16802. Registration deadline is October 18. Registration may also be done by calling toll-free 888-373-7232.

For more information contact Rob Goodling, Penn State Extension Associate, rcg133@psu.edu, 717-270-4391.