Learn Effective Calf Management Techniques with Hands-on Workshop

Posted: November 5, 2012

The Penn State Extension Dairy and Veterinary teams are holding two workshops on dairy obstetrics and successful calf care, one in Bradford County and one in Blair County.

Dairy producers and their employees can gain effective calf management skills in a hands-on workshop sponsored by the Penn State Extension Team and the Extension Veterinary Team offered at two locations in Pennsylvania. Registration fee is $50 per person, eligible for a 50 percent discount from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry - Workforce Investment Board (WIB) with a completed form.

With dairy calf mortality having a significant negative economic impact on dairy farms, the workshops will help producers reduce calf mortality and learn valuable information for successful calf care. 

Both sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

* November 20 in Bradford County, Edgewood Restaurant, 565 Elmira Street, Troy.

* December 5 in Blair County, The Park at Morrison's Cove, 201 S. Walnut Street, Martinsburg.

Topics will include protocols for delivering healthy calves, hands-on practice for delivering calves, how to conduct a new-born health exam, colostrum handling and feeding, and hands-on testing of colostrum.

A portion of this workshop will be held on a farm. Bring footwear that can be sanitized as well as warm and clean clothing. We will provide plastic boots.

This program is eligible for one SmartStart credit from AgChoice farm Credit.

For more information and to register, call toll-free at 888-373-7232, or visit