Dairy Webinar to Focus on Reproduction

8/3/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — James Ferguson, professor of nutrition with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss reproductive management strategies to achieve a pregnancy rate of 25 percent or higher during the fifth of 10 webinars associated with the Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis.

The webinar is planned 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis was a joint project of the Center for Dairy Excellence, Penn State Extension Dairy Team, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center and Saint Joseph’s University School of Food Marketing.

It was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and was a yearlong review of historical trends and future projections within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

The study looks at trends in producer demographics, on-farm production, crop and land use, and processing, marketing and consumption patterns.

The analysis also offers 20 prescriptions for interventions to foster growth and revitalization of the dairy industry in the commonwealth.

Achieving higher pregnancy rates in Pennsylvania was part of a prescription focused on improving herd performance included in the analysis recommendations.

Ferguson’s work specializes in the relationship between nutrition, reproduction and production in dairy cattle. He will look at the trends identified in the analysis and show how pregnancy rates can be improved through herd management changes.

A recording of the first four webinars are now available at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org. Click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis.”

To pre-register, email info<\@>centerfordairyexcellence.org.

Other future webinars will be held Fridays on:

Aug. 23 — Milk Quality Management Strategies to Achieve a SCC of 150,000 or Less.

Sept. 13 — Milk Yield and Nutritional Management Strategies to Gain 4-5 Pounds in Milk Yield.

Sept. 27 — Heifer Rearing Strategies to Achieve an AFC of 22 Months.

Oct. 11 — Milk Processing & Consumption Trends in Pennsylvania.

Oct. 25 — A Review of What Labeling Can Do for Pennsylvania Milk Sales.

For more information, go to www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis.”

Printed copies can also be requested at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org or 717-346-0849.

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