2019 Cow College

The 2019 Cow College schedule has been released!  The dates are Jan. 8, 15 and 22, 2019.  Jan 8 &15 will be 1-3 p.m. at FVTC Regional Center in Clintonville.  Jan. 22 will be a Farm Tour beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending with lunch and presentation at Cedar Springs Golf Course.

Cost is $5.00/day or $10.00 for all three sessions.  Call Greg Blonde 715-258-6230 or Dana Nelson 715-258-6231 to reserve your spot or send registration form and check to Waupaca County UWEX; 811 Harding Street; Waupaca, WI  54981.  Checks should be payable to Waupaca County.  See flyer for registration form and additional information on the Farm Tour.

January 8: “The Mammary Gland and the Transition Period” – Dr. Laura Hernandez, Dairy Science Department Associate Professor of Lactation Biology, UW-Madison.  Dr. Hernandez will discuss the structure of the mammary gland and how it gains function over the course of pregnancy and early lactation.  She will also examine how the mammary gland regulates maternal metabolism during lactation, and why this is critical particularly during the transition period.  This session will also be accompanied by an interactive mammary dissection by Dr. Hernandez.

January 15: “Impact of Feeding Amino Acids on Health, Performance and Fertility of Dairy Cows” – Dr. Phil Cardoso, Dairy Research and Extension Associate Professor, University of Illinois.  During the transition period from late gestation through early lactation, the dairy cow undergoes tremendous metabolic adaptations.  Studies over the last two decades have clearly established the link between nutrition and fertility in ruminants.  Dr. Cardoso will focus on the positive effects of amino acids for dairy cows, including milk production.

“Improving Dairy herd Management with Written Protocols” – Amber O’Brien, Calumet County Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension.  Learn why all dairy farms need written protocols, what should be included and how to use them effectively.  Some examples that will be covered include: emergencies; new employee/temporary help; herd health; milking routine; communication, and more.

January 22: Farm Tour – beginning 10:15 – Jeffana Holsteins – E5191 Co Hwy N,  Manawa; 11:15Dan & Chad Bonikowski Dairy Farm – N6968 Co Hwy K, Ogdensburg.  12:30 – LUNCH – Cedar Springs Golf Course – E7005 Cedar Springs Rd, Manawa; “Current/Future Dairy Housing Trends” by Dave Kammel, Extension Dairy Housing Specialist.