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January 8th, 2019


1:00pm - 3:00pm


$5 per class or $10 for all three


Sarah Grotjan




Join us for one, two or all three dates for Cow College 2019!

January 8 (1-3 PM)

The Mammary Gland and the Transition Period
Dr. Laura Hernandez, Dairy Science Department Associate Professor of Lactation Biology, UW-Madison. Dr. Hernandez will discuss the structure of the mammary gland and how it gains function over the
course of pregnancy and early lactation. She will also examine how the mammary gland regulates maternal metabolism during lactation, and why this is critical particularly during the transition period.
This session will also be accompanied by an interactive mammary dissection by Dr. Hernandez.

January 15 (1-3 PM)

Impact of Feeding Amino Acids on Health, Performance and Fertility of Dairy Cows
Dr. Phil Cardoso, Dairy Research and Extension Associate Professor, University of Illinois. During the transition period from late gestation through early lactation, the dairy cow undergoes
tremendous metabolic adaptations. Studies over the last two decades have clearly established the link between nutrition and fertility in ruminants. Dr. Cardoso will focus on the positive effects of amino
acids for dairy cows, including milk production.

Improving Dairy Herd Management With Written Protocols
Amber O’Brien, Calumet County Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension. Learn why all dairy farms need written protocols, what should be included and how to use them effectively. Some examples that will be covered include: emergencies; new employees/temporary help; herd health; milking routine; communication, and more.

January 22 Farm Tour

10:15 AM Jeffana Holsteins – E5191 Co Hwy N, Manawa 54949
Lely Grouped Robotic (6 Bot) Milking System w/ Six‐row Tunnel Ventilated 360 Cow Freestall Barn

11:15 AM Dan & Chad Bonikowski Dairy Farm- N6968 Co Hwy K, Ogdensburg 54962
Delaval D‐12 Rapid‐exit Parlor w/ Six‐row Tunnel Ventilated 400 Cow Freestall Barn

12:30 PM Lunch – Cedar Springs Golf Course – E7005 Cedar Springs Rd. Manawa
“Current/Future Dairy Housing Trends” ‐ by Dr. Dave Kammel, Extension Dairy Housing Specialist


Download the PDF to register by January 4.


Cow College PDF

Event Location

Fox Valley Technical College, Regional Center

Hwy 22/45 Clintonville, WI

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