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Hands-on Transition Cow Management Workshop in Bradford County

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering a workshop on transition cow management on April 19 in Bradford County at the Troy Vet's Club, 1830 Veterans Drive, Troy, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch and materials. Registration can be done online at https://extension.psu.edu/transition-cow-management. Deadline for registering is April 18.
Focusing on one of the most critical and challenging times in the life of a cow, the transition period, the workshop will offer hands-on experience for participants who are encouraged to bring their own samples of milk and urine to be analyzed during the meeting.
Different practices and recommendations to achieve the highest standards will be discussed, with topics including animal comfort, feed management, physiology, metabolic profile and health monitoring of the transition cow. A demonstration of different on-farm tests and easy-to-use technologies will help producers learn to monitor their cows’ health.
Extension Veterinarians and Research Associates, Drs. Hayley Springer and Adrian Barragan, who bring broad experience in the dairy industry, will be featured in these meetings, along with Mauricio Rosales, Extension Dairy Educator. Rosales said, “We had great success with two transitional cow meetings held in January. Several producers indicated that they are now implementing a subclinical ketosis monitoring program with blood BHB meters after learning of their effectiveness at the meetings.”
Two well-known PSU educators also will be presenting: Dr. Robert Van Saun, Extension Veterinarian and Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; and Virginia Ishler, Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science.
For more information and to register please contact Mauricio Rosales, 717-394-6851 or amr486@psu.edu.