Dairy Cattle

06/09/2021 How to Minimize Stressors in Dairy Calves During the Preweaning Period

This webinar will be presented in English.

Dairy calves are faced with numerous stressors throughout the preweaning and weaning periods. This can contribute to increased morbidity, mortality, and suboptimal growth during prior to weaning, but can also impact later production performance and health. These animals include replacement heifers that are future members of the lactating herd. They should be the highest genetic potential animals on the farm. However, this potential can be compromised if special care is not taken to minimize stressors in the preweaning period. In this presentation, nutritional and management strategies will be discussed to help mitigate or reduce the effect of stressors on farm that will set calves up for future success within the herd.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Morrison, Ph.D.

Sarah grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Vermont. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and she completed her Masters of Science and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in calf nutrition and management under the direction of Dr. James K. Drackley. She has been working at Miner Institute in Chazy, NY as a research scientist since 2018. Her research at Miner focuses on dairy cattle nutrition and management, specifically, centered on dairy calves and heifers. She is also involved in mentoring and teaching students through different learning programs offered at Miner Institute.
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