PDPW Calf Care Connection Workshops

Three sessions of a one-day workshop to be held Nov. 19, 20 and 21

Raising healthy, high performing calves requires not only preventing illness and injury, but also providing outlets for healthy calf behaviors. Leading experts in calf health and welfare will share the latest research and management tips with calf managers, dairy producers and industry professionals at the 2019 PDPW Calf Care Connection© Workshops, presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW).

Three repeating sessions of the workshop will be held, each starting at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 4:15 p.m., on the following days:



  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, Fox Valley Technical College, Chilton Regional Center, Chilton, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Energy Education Center, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, Southwest Technical College, Fennimore, Wis.

Workshop presenters include Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science and UW Extension Animal Welfare Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Teresa Ollivett, DVM, Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences; and Dr. Franklyn Garry, DVM, Colorado State Extension Specialist and Veterinarian with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences.

Each workshop will feature a general session presentation by Dr. Van Os and three break-out sessions:

  • Social housing: Opportunities for important behaviors.  Dr. Van Os will share the latest science on calf behaviors and how group housing can present benefits in growth performance, animal welfare and consumer acceptance.
  • Pinpoint the signs of pneumonia. Dr. Ollivett will help attendees identify and diagnose both clinical and subclinical dairy calf pneumonia by examining postmortem calf lungs and will share strategies for the most effective treatment options.
  • Interpreting the “bloody data.  Dr. Garry will show participants some of the most common causes of calf mortality and provide sample-taking techniques and record-keeping strategies that will enhance calf care and lead to better health results.
  • Social housing … to pair or not to pair? Dr. Van Os will review the factors to consider when making a decision to move ahead with pair or group housing of calves.  She will work through scenarios for successful transition to social calf housing on several dairy farm types. 



The PDPW Calf Care Connection Workshop is an accredited training and offers Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org. CE credits are also available to UW-School of Veterinary medicine (UW-SVM) and to American Registry of Professional Scientists (ARPAS) members.

To register online or learn more about the PDPW Calf Care Connection Workshop, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #CCC2019 and #myPDPW on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation’s largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.



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