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Dairy Veterinary Extension Programs

The Dairy Veterinary Extension Programs provide educational leadership and assistance to the Florida Dairy Industry in matters related to health and health management of dairy cattle.

Workshops offered at the University of Florida:

  • Calving management workshop (let’s call it just calving management workshop to avoid confusion) – The calving management workshop is offered every year in August. Dates may change depending on the year but will be available by July. Last year the workshop was held on August 18. You may view the Power Point slides of this lecture in Englsh (There is a typo in the events page) and Spanish. The workshop is focused on teaching best caving management practices to decrease stillbirth rates and improve calf and cow health. The workshop is team taught by Dr. Klibs Galvao from UF and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann from The Ohio State University. Resident veterinarians and graduate students also get involved in the training. The workshop is divided in 1 h of classroom lecture followed by 1.5 h of hands-on practice of concepts learned. The hands-on portion is devoted to practicing common obstetrical maneuvers to correct problems with position and posture of calves. We use stillborn calves and phantom cows with fake uterus for the hands-on practice. Lunch is provided between the lecture and hands-on practice.
  • Calf raising workshop – The calf raising workshop is offered every year in October. Dates may change depending on the year but will be available by September. You may view the Power Point slides of this lecture in Add Link. The workshop is focused on teaching best calf raising management practices to improve calf health. A lot of attention is given to colostrum management including quality testing, quantity, and timing, and monitoring of adequate passive transfer. Traditional and accelerated feeding programs from birth to weaning are also extensively discussed. The workshop is taught by Dr. Klibs Galvao. Resident veterinarians and graduate students also get involved in the training. The workshop is divided in 1 h of classroom lecture followed by 1.5 h of hands-on practice of concepts learned. The hands-on portion is devoted to practicing passing an esophageal tube, use of refractometers to evaluate colostrum quality and passive transfer of immunity, and visiting the IFAS Dairy Unit calf facilities. Lunch is provided between the lecture and hands-on practice.

Training provided at your dairy

Drs. Carlos Risco and Klibs Galvao offer programs including employee training, herd evaluation and troubleshooting, and protocol development and implementation to Florida’s dairy farmers upon request. The only cost to Florida’s dairy farmers for these programs is transportation cost at $3.00/mile driven one way.

  • Employee training in the following areas:

    • Calving management
    • Newborn care and calf raising
    • Identifying and treating sick animals
    • Hoof health and hoof trimming
    • Milking routine and milk quality
    • Artificial insemination
    • On-farm euthanasia

Each training session lasts about 1.5 hours, can be taught in English and/or Spanish, and include a PowerPoint Presentation followed by hands-on application of acquired knowledge.

  • Herd evaluation and troubleshooting in the following areas:

    • Record analysis
    • Reproductive performance
    • Transition cow performance
    • Milk production
    • Welfare assessment

The herd evaluation can be performed in each area separately or as a whole herd evaluation. A complete herd evaluation would include record analysis and a walk through the feed commodities, transition cows monitoring (body condition score pre and postpartum, subclinical ketosis incidence, endometritis incidence), stocking density, and cow comfort.

  • Program development and implementation:

    • Standard operating procedures (SOP) development
    • Reproductive programs including synchronization programs
    • Vaccination programs for adult and young stock
    • Herd health monitoring; diagnosis and treatment
    • Management of down cows

Program development is focused on the dairy’s needs. View our suggested SOP and click on ‘University of Florida Dairy Unit SOP.’ View dairy cattle webinars.