Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team will help producers use their dairy farm records to maximize their herd’s potential.
Beginning Oct. 25, a series of four webinars is scheduled to help participants learn alternative ways to interpret monthly records and introduce them to specialized online tools to assess these records.
Dates and topics are:
Oct. 25 — Milk production, focusing on methods and techniques to monitor trends and break down the herd to identify which animals are not performing.
Nov. 1 — Milk component production. Milk levels are just one way of identifying a cow’s potential; components can be equally important, and identifying outliers can present opportunities.
Nov. 8 — Milk quality diagnosis. Herd level, groups of animals and individuals all contribute data for diagnosing mastitis. Learn techniques in graphing and trend analysis to help monitor performance.
Nov. 15 — Tracking herd inventory and cow flow. The final session will piece together skills from the previous sessions to assist in using trend data for projections and summaries of heifers and cows.
Registration fee is $75 for all four webinars. All webinars are 10-11:30 a.m. The program is eligible for 1 SmartStart credit for every 2 webinars from AgChoice Farm Credit.
To register, visit extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy or call 888-373-7232 by Oct. 18. For more information, contact Extension associate Rob Goodling at rcg133<\@>psu.edu or 717-270-4391.