DCHA webinar: Healthy gut, healthy calf, healthy future

“Manage calf health through the gut” headlines Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s (DCHA) next webinar. This one-hour educational offering starts at noon Central time on Sept. 24.

On U.S. dairies, the average mortality rate for pre‐weaned calves is about 7.8 percent,1 which means nearly all operations can make improvements in this area. Supporting calf health can pay dividends in reduced treatment costs, lowered death loss and improved gain and productivity.



To meet these goals, operations must ensure calves get a good start before they are challenged with stress. That takes attention to management practices and nutrition. Learn from top industry experts Michael Steele, Ph.D., and Andy Skidmore, D.V.M., Ph.D., about how to help manage calf health through the gut.

Steele, associate professor of animal physiology at the University of Guelph, will co-present the webinar. Steele’s research focuses on the mechanisms that control gastrointestinal health and development in cattle and has published more than 60 manuscripts.

Skidmore, a member of the Lallemand Animal Nutrition Ruminant Technical Services team, joins Steele as the other webinar presenter. A bovine practitioner, Skidmore earned his doctorate degree in dairy cattle management from Cornell University and has more than 30 years of experience.

To register for the webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/DCHAHealthyGut2019 and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate.

This webinar is brought to you by Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

If you are a DCHA member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar through DCHA’s online Member Center. This is a new DCHA member benefit. To access the webinar, DCHA members will need to visit https://calfandheifer.org/login and enter their username and password.

For more information about DCHA’s webinars, e-mail Sue Schatz, DCHA member services director, at: sue@calfandheifer.org. Follow DCHA on social media or visit the DCHA website to learn about future webinars.



The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (www.calfandheifer.org) was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

1USDA. 2010. Dairy 2007, Heifer Calf Health and Management Practices on U.S. Dairy Operations, 2007 USDA:APHIS:VS, CEAH. Fort Collins, CO #550.0110.

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