Online Critical Calf Care Dairy Program scheduled for early 2021

Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension shares information on urgent decision making for dairy calf health

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Regional Dairy Specialists would like to invite dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals across the state to join a series of 7 webinars focused on “Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health”. This virtual learning opportunity will be offered every Tuesday beginning at 12:30pm (EST) for 7 consecutive weeks January 5th – February 16th, 2021. One-time registration is required by visiting – this registration is good for the entire series. Thanks to generous sponsors, registration fees have been covered.

This virtual learning opportunity will be accessible over ZOOM with presentations and discussion. Topics covered will include recognizing and diagnosing disease, dystocia and difficult calvings, record keeping and the economics of disease, hydration and electrolytes, scours and nutrition, and emergency situations. Presenters will include CCE Regional Dairy Specialists, Alycia Drwencke, Casey Havekes, Betsy Hicks, and Margaret Quaassdorff. The final session in the series (February 16th, 2021), will be a one hour panel discussion with industry experts, Dr. Fernando Soberon with Standard Nutrition Consultants, Dr. Rodrigo Molano Torres with Valacta, Dr. Laura Rath-Brown with Midstate Veterinary Services, Dr. Jen Walker with Danone North America, and a local NY dairy producer.

The cost of registration has been covered thanks to the generous sponsorship of agribusinesses across New York. To become a sponsor and advertise your business to attendees, please visit

For more information about the online critical calf care series, contact Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management Specialist, at 517-416-0386 or, or your local regional specialist. Registration is required ahead of time by visiting:

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program specialists are here to help provide research-based resources and support during this challenging time. Their team of four specialists includes Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522 or; Joshua Putman, Field Crops (716-490-5572 or; Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management (517-416-0386 or; and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844 or While specialists are working remotely at this time, they are

still offering consultations via phone, text, email, videoconferencing, and mail. They are also providing weekly updates with timely resources and connections via email and hardcopy and virtual programming. For more information, or to be added to their notification list, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader, at 716-640-0522, or visit their website

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben Counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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