Dairy producers, employees and consultants will gain the most up-to-date information on topics ranging from facilities design to financing to animal nutrition through a series of free online workshops beginning Oct. 8.
In their fourth year, these Technology Tuesday webinars are available to anyone with a computer and a high-speed Internet connection. This year, a Robotic Milking Edition Series has been added to the lineup.
The 12 webinars will take place 8:30-10 a.m. Advance registration is requested. Dates and topics are:
Oct. 8 — Precision Agriculture in Dairy Housing presented by Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky, and John Tyson, Penn State Extension engineer.
Oct. 22 — Robotic Milking Edition: Housing & Management presented by Mat Haan, Penn State University Extension, and Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota.
Nov. 26 — Robotic Milking Edition: Facility Design for Robotic Milking Dairies presented by Jeff Preshew, Delaval, and John Tyson, Penn State Extension engineer.
Dec. 10 — Bedding for Dairy Cows: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly presented by David Wolfgang, Penn State Extension veterinarian, and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineer.
Jan. 14 — Is Group Calf Housing for You? presented by Curt Gooch, Cornell Pro-Dairy engineer; Christine Rossiter-Burhans, technical support veterinarian for Poulin Grain Inc.; and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineer.
Jan. 28 — Robotic Milking Edition: Financing a Robotic Milking Startup presented by Mat Haan and Tim Beck, Penn State University Extension, and Lamar King, Fulton Bank.
Feb. 11 — Heat Stress Abatement in Dairy Shelters presented by Penn State Extension veterinarians and John Tyson, Penn State Extension engineer.
Feb. 25 — Robotic Milking Edition: Feed Management in a Robotic Milking Dairy & Success Factors for a Successful Robot Startup presented by Charlie Gardener, Cargill, and Ben Smink, Lely North America.
March 11 — Dairy Housing Lighting for Convenience & Performance presented by Daniel Ciolkosz, senior Extension associate, Penn State Agricultural & Biological Engineering; and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineer.
March 25 — Robotic Milking Edition: Relationships Between Humans, Animals and Technology presented by Ernest Hovingh, Penn State Extension veterinarian, and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineer.
April 29 — Robotic Milking Edition: Cow Behavior in a Robotic Milking Dairy presented by Janice Siegford, Michigan State University.
Pre-register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechnologyTuesdays1314 no later than noon the day before the session. You will receive an email that contains the webinar URL. You need only register once; the same URL is used for all sessions.
This webinar series qualifies for one SmartStart credits for every two webinars from AgChoice Farm Credit.
For more information, contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team Office at 888-373-7232, or Dan McFarland at dfm6<\@>psu.edu, John Tyson at jtt107<\@>psu.edu or Mat Haan at mmh29<\@>psu.edu.
To watch past seminars, visit http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/courses/technology-tuesday-series/webinars.