CANTON -- The Northern New York Dairy Institute Hoof Health Workshops will be in session in St. Lawrence County on Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7.
Dairy cow lameness can negatively impact milk production, reproductive success, farm costs, and public perception of how well a farm cares for its cows.
To help farmers better assess and treat lameness, the Northern New York Dairy Institute will hold the four 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshops, a combination of classroom and on-farm sessions organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Those interested in attending may register for one session for $35 or for the series of four at $100. FSA Borrower Credits are pending. Registration one week prior to each session is requested.
The Week 1 classroom and on-farm session will cover hoof anatomy, locomotion scoring, hoof maintenance and proper hoof trimming.
The Week 2 session will cover hoof diseases and treatment, the causes and the cost, and how to handle lame cows with Dr. Jan Shearer of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine via weblink and on-farm with local dairy professionals.
The Week 3 session will cover animal welfare practices by applying the state Cattle Health Assurance Program hoof health module and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Program protocols with Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker.
The Week 4 session will cover hoof problem prevention and the importance of cow comfort and body condition scoring. The on-farm session will cover how to handle lame cows with an emphasis on infectious claw disease.
“Controlling lameness is a major priority for the dairy industry. This hoof health series of Dairy Institute workshops will help farmers develop and implement a lameness reduction program for their farms,” says Northern NY Dairy Institute co-organizer Ron Kuck, a dairy and livestock educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County.
For more information and to register, contact the St. Lawrence County CCE office at 379-9192, or email [email protected]
This Northern NY Dairy Institute training series is made possible with funding from local and regional agribusiness and dairy farmers.