Heat stress webinars
In some parts of the world spring is approaching, and it is high time to brush up on old knowledge or learn something new about heat stress in cows, to avoid a drop in production this summer. DAIReXNET offers free webinar on this subject, starting March 5th.
Strategies to Improve Reproduction During Summer Heat Stress
March 5th, 2012, 12:00 PM Central Time
Speaker: Dr. Todd Bilby, Texas A&M
Reproductive failure is the number one reason dairy cows involuntarily leave the dairy farm and summer heat stress exemplifies this costly issue. However, managerial, hormonal and novel reproductive technologies are available for producers to utilize which will reduce the severity of summer heat stress on reproduction. The various strategies will be presented in detail to educate both producers and consultants to be able to implement reproductive program changes to subside summer’s negative effects.
Nutrition Programs for the Heat Stressed Herd
March 19th, 2012, 12:00 PM Central Time
Speaker: Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
Proper dietary programs are essential to cow health and performance during heat stress. Understanding what dietary changes can be made prior to and during summer heat stress are important for assisting thermoregulatory mechanisms of our modern high producing lactating dairy cows to aid in reducing the negative effects of heat stress. Nutritional changes will be presented for producers and consultants to make informed decisions on the proper dietary changes necessary to reduce the severity of summer heat stress.
Economics of Heat Stress: Implications for Management
April 9th, 2012, 12:00 PM Central Time
Speaker: Dr. Albert DeVries, University of Florida.
Heat stress costs the American dairy industry approximately 1 billion dollars annually in production losses. Understanding the economic consequences of employing various strategies to reduce the effects of heat stress and how this affects the dairy farm’s profitability is important for producers to make economic decisions. Novel economic evaluation and approaches will be discussed to educate producers on cost effective strategies to improve summer fertility.
Cooling Strategies During Heat Stress
April 23rd, 2012, 12:00 PM Central Time
Speaker: Dr. Pete Hansen, University of Florida
Cooling dairy cows is the most important strategy to improve both milk production and reproduction during summer months. Opportunities that dairy farms can utilize to evaluate the effect of heat stress on their dairy will be discussed. Also, various environmental modifications can be employed to improve cow performance and will be presented herein.