Full course description
Healthy dairy calves and cows are the bedrock for the efficient production of milk that is nutritious and safe for human consumption. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify major production diseases, perform herd investigations focused on health and performance, and develop protocols for the prevention and monitoring of diseases relevant to dairy herds. After completion of the course, students should be able to 1) understand concepts of dairy records and epidemiology, 2) identify infectious diseases and metabolic disorders that impact health and productivity, 3) evaluate transition programs, 4) develop strategies to prevent disease based on biosecurity, vaccination, and best management practices, 5) understand concepts of residue avoidance, and 6) recognize the importance of training for dairy farm workers. Principles in this course are illustrated using up-to-date scientific knowledge and practical examples from commercial operations.
Instructor: Dr. Rafael Bisinotto