Dr. Ricardo Chebel is the faculty coordinator for the dairy veterinary extension program. The objective ofthe veterinary extension program for dairy cattle is to provide educational leadership and assistance to the Florida Dairy Industry in matters related to health and health management of dairy cattle. The target audience includes Florida dairy farmers, managers, employees, agri-business, practicing veterinarians, hoof trimmers and all other allied industry affiliates. Specific areas of emphasis include: development of programs for dairy farmers such as reproductive management, implentation of reproductive programs and evaluation of reproductive efficiency, development of training programs for dairy employees such as transition cow management, calving management and newborn care, identifying and treating sick animals, calf raising, hoof trimming and milk quality, and the continued improvement of animal well-being in livestock production.
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