UW Extension Cow College program begins Jan. 10

Wisconsin State Farmer



Clintonville — The 55th annual UW-Extension Cow College program series starts Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Clintonville. Extension Cow College is a series of educational programs offered three consecutive Tuesday’s in January - 10, 17 and 24.

Cow College remains a valuable local Extension program that continues to connect dairy farmers and industry representatives from Northeast and East Central WI with resources from the UW system sharing the latest research and information affecting the dairy industry today. All dairy producers and industry professionals are welcome to attend.

The first two sessions will be held at the FVTC Regional Center on Hwy 22/45 just south of Clintonville directly across the road from Fleet Farm. The final program includes several farm tours.

The first session runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 and features Dr. Pam Ruegg and Dr. Paul Fricke from the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. Ruegg and Fricke will discuss new research on the economics of dry cow therapy and ways to achieve better pregnancy rates in high producing cows.

Fine tuning mastitis control and reproductive management strategies are important tools especially when milk prices are low and dairy farm profitability is limited.

The Tuesday, Jan. 17 Cow College program also begins at 1 p.m. features Dr. Dorte Dopfer, a well known veterinary instructor and research scientist at the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dopfer will share the latest recommendations on improving hoof health, with a special focus on identifying and managing digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts).

Recent on-farm survey results from Northeast WI will also be shared, as well as new UW Extension fact sheets on footbath management and housing design recommendations to improve hoof health in your herd.

The third and final Cow College session set for Jan.24 features tours of three dairy farms in Outagamie County using robotic milking systems — 10 a.m. Wichman Farms, N4735 Highway EE, Appleton; 11 a.m. Steffens Farm, N5220 Mullen Rd., Seymour and 2 p.m. at Stoney Springs Farm, W5678 Highway JJ, Appleton. 

During the tour, a lunch will provided at the Center Town Hall, six miles north of Appleton on Hwy 47. The luncheon guest speaker isLarry Tranel, Iowa State Extension Dairy Specialist, who will discuss the economics of robotic milking systems, and his observations on the growing use of robotic milking systems in northeast Iowa.

More details about the Cow College program series, including a map with directions for the farm tours, will be available during the first two sessions in Clintonville on Jan. 10 and 17. For more information including the program agenda and registration visit the Waupaca County UW-Extension office website at http://waupaca.uwex.edu/.

 Cost is only $5 per session, or $10 for all three sessions (including the tour). Advance registration is required by calling or contacting: Greg Blonde 715-258-6230 or greg.blonde@ces.uwex.edu; Zen Miller 920-832-5119 or zen.miller@ces.uwex.edu; Jamie Patton 715-526-6136 or jamie.patton@ces.uwex.edu; Sara Maass-Pate 715-823-1547 or maasspat@fvtc.edu.