How to Reduce Newborn Calf Mortality on Dairy Farms

Posted: October 22, 2013

Penn State Extension Dairy and Veterinary Teams offer hands-on training for more effective calf management on dairy farms.

High dairy calf mortality can have a significant economic impact on a dairy farm's profitability. Penn State's Extension Dairy Team and Extension Veterinary Team will provide two hands-on training opportunities combining scientific knowledge with practical management techniques that will result in more effective calf management on farms.

Designed for both those new to obstetrical calf work and for those with experience, the programs will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at two locations:

* November 19 - Mifflintown, on-farm, location to be provided at registration

* December 4, Franklin County Extension Office, Chambersburg

The morning session will include information on newborn calf health, colostrum management, developing protocols for consistent calf care, and will focus on the calving process and the time immediately following calving. The afternoon session features hands-on activities for delivering healthy calves in various presentations, completing a newborn calf health exam, and testing colostrum.

A portion of this workshop will be held on-farm, so participants are asked to bring footwear that can be sanitized, as well as warm and clean clothing. Plastic boots will be provided.

Registration can be done by calling toll free 888-373-7232, online at or by downloading a registration form and mailing to Penn State Extension Dairy Team, 324 Henning Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. Registration fee is $50 per person. Registration deadline: November 11, 2013 for the first session; November 29, 2013 for the second.

The second person from the same farm may attend this workshop for a 50% discounted fee of $25.

This program is eligible for 2 SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit. Thank you to Genex Cooperative, Inc. for sponsoring this program and partnering with the Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

For more information, call toll-free 888-373-7232 or contact Gary Hennip, Extension educator: