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Technology Tuesday Recorded Webinars

Recordings and materials from past sessions.
Video Cameras Smartphone Gadgets and Apps
April 11, 2017
The world is full of video cameras, gadgets, and phone apps. What and how can any of this be used by the dairy manager to help on the farm? Can we monitor cow health and/or productivity, evaluate cow housing and comfort, or provide a safer work place?
Tie Stall Dairy Shelters
March 28, 2017
Tie stall barns remain a popular housing alternative for many dairy farms. This webinar focuses on design and management factors that can improve cow health and comfort in new and existing tie stall dairy buildings.
Housing Heifers from Weaning to Pre-Calving
February 21, 2017
A good heifer housing system promotes the well-being of animals at various ages, provides the caretaker safe and efficient working conditions, protects the environment, and is cost effective to build and maintain. Design and management features of naturally ventilated bedded pack, freestall, and self-cleaning housing options used for heifers are highlighted. Guidelines for sizing and siting are also discussed.
Feed Management in Robotic Milking Herds
January 10, 2017
Feed management is one of the most important factors in the successful operation of robotic milking dairy farms. Feed at the robotic milker is the primary motivating factor to bring cows to the robot. A proper balance of feed at the robot and at the feed bunk is important to ensure milk production and cow flow through the robotic milker. This program presents data from a recent Penn State study evaluating economic, environmental, and production data from dairy farms using robotic milking systems in Pennsylvania. Factors that lead to successful management of these dairy farms is discussed.
FARM Program Version 3.0
December 13, 2016
The National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program developed by the National Milk Producers Federation is a popular farm audit program used to insure good animal health and care on dairy farms. The webinar provides an overview and discussion the most recent changes of the FARM program along with how facility and management changes can be made to improve prevalence scores.
Compost Bedded Pack Dairy Shelter Update
November 22, 2016
What have we learned in the last few years about the design and management of Compost Bedded Pack Dairy Shelters? The concept is no longer a new idea, but with the expanded number of shelters in use, the industry has been fine tuning what design and management is needed to make this style shelter successful on the farm.
Creating a Healthy Comfortable Environment for Calves
October 11, 2016
Calves represent the greatest potential for milk production on a well-managed farm. Their care should be consistent with the high value they offer the business. Providing a quality environment that allows calves to thrive in individual or group housing systems is essential. This webinar focuses on the key physical and environmental factors that offer the opportunity to raise healthy, well-grown calves.
Water System Design on the Dairy
September 13, 2016
Water is the single largest feed ingredient on the dairy. The webinar looks at how quality and availability affect the dairy cow. Items of discussion will cover water demand, distribution, storage, and conservation.
Is an Activity System Right for your Dairy
May 10, 2016
The use of activity/ health monitoring systems on dairy farms is discussed. Case farm examples are used to show how this technology can impact reproduction and production on dairy farms.
Heat Stress Abatement for Transition Cows
March 8, 2016
The impacts of heat stress on lactating cow milk production and other health factors is well known and many dairies today have implemented abatement measures for these animals. However the heat stress abatement needs of transition cows is often overlooked. This webinar focuses on the need for and methods to provide heat stress abatement to late gestation and transition cows.
Ag Digesters 101
February 23, 2016
Controlled anaerobic (oxygen free) digestion of animal manure is a way to treat manure to prevent foul odor production while generating a usable energy product. Under the right conditions, liquid manure will break down into bio-gas and a low-odor effluent. This webinar focuses on the basics of how an ag digester works, and possible uses for the bio-gas produced.
Group Calf Update
February 9, 2016
Interest in group calf housing remains strong in many areas. While many dairies have found success, others have worked through some challenges with equipment, housing and management. This webinar looks at feeding methods, housing design, and management factors that create a successful group calf raising system.
Feed Bunk Management and Design for Results
January 12, 2016
Management of the feed bunk is as important as the nutritional composition of the TMR in ensuring cow health, efficiency, and productivity. This webinar focuses on cow behavior vs. feeding area management and design.
Milking System Operation and Maintenance
December 8, 2015
The milking system is one of the most important pieces of 'harvesting' equipment on a dairy farm. Knowing how it works and keeping it in top operating order is essential. Penn State Extension Veterinarian Ernest Hovingh shares insight on system design, common problems, and recommended maintenance.
Dairy Farm Biosecurity
October 13, 2015
In today's animal agricultural industries various trends are present to potentially increase the spread and prevalence of infectious diseases in herds. This webinar will look at management practices to prevent the importation of infectious agents, prevent the spread of infectious agents between animal groups on a farm and/or prevent the infectious agent from leaving the farm.
Planning Dairy Calf and Heifer Facilities
September 8, 2015
Getting calves off to a good start and keeping growing heifers healthy depends on many factors including the environment that they are raised in. Proper facility sizing and design is necessary to accommodate the various management groups from birth to pre-calving. This webinar will cover facility sizing strategies, planning procedures, and common calf and heifer housing alternatives.
Feet and Floors
May 12, 2015
Lameness continues to be a significant cattle health and well-being concern on dairy farms. This webinar covers common foot health and lameness issues, how to identify them, and methods to reduce lameness in new and existing housing systems.
Milk Quality and Robotic Milking Systems
April 28, 2015
Even with the ability of some robotic milking systems to provide conductivity, fat, protein, and other information on milk quality from each quarter of the udder, obtaining consistent, good milk quality each time a cow is milked can be a challenge on some farms. Recent research on milk quality from robotic milking dairy farms and management strategies to achieve high quality milk is discussed.
Restraint and Handling of Dairy Cattle
April 14, 2015
Dairy cattle need to be isolated and restrained regularly for a number of reasons including observation, health care and breeding. These procedures must be done easily, safely, and without excitement. Presentation topics include access and restraint requirements, sorting and isolation options, and proven restraint methods used for dairy cows and heifers.
Best Milking Practices Mastitis Costs and Culturing
March 24, 2015
On Farm Culturing can help producers improve income by increasing production and premium benefits as well as decreasing the cost of treating mastitis. This webinar explores the costs associated with mastitis. Participants learn the importance of and essential tools needed for early detection of clinical and sub-clinical mastitis and proper treatment protocols. Proper techniques for collecting milk cultures, setting up cultures for on-farm identification, and knowing how to identify bacteria growth are also taught.