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Technology Tuesday Recorded Webinars

Recordings and materials from past sessions.
Best Milking Practices Evaluating Your Routine
March 17, 2015
Best Milking Practices is a program offered to dairy producers, employees, and milkers to help increase the quality of milk that is produced in Pennsylvania.
Heat Stress
February 24, 2015
Dairy cattle just aren't made for hot weather. As we look ahead toward spring and summer weather what needs to be done to offset those effects of heat stress. This webinar looks at ways to tackle heat stress, and provide better comfort through the summer.
Handling Manure with Gypsum Bedding
February 10, 2015
Gypsum recycled from dry wall is used to supplement traditional bedding materials with agronomic, milk quality, and cow health benefits. But once in the manure storage, gypsum bedding is a source of sulfur that leads to increased hydrogen sulfide gas production. This toxic gas is commonly found at deadly levels in enclosed manure pits, though dangerous levels are found even around outdoor open-air storages during agitation of gypsum manure. This webinar features a USDA-NRCS/ Penn State Extension demonstration on how to decrease hydrogen sulfide release at agitation and a discussion of personal gas monitor usefulness.
LEED for Dairy and Livestock Facilities
January 20, 2015
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program used extensively in office buildings, museums, and other buildings in urban areas. This webinar will discuss how LEED principals can be applied to dairy and livestock facilities.
Modernization of Dairy Businesses
December 9, 2014
As Pennsylvania’s dairy industry moves forward, the modernization of the present infrastructure on the dairy is inevitable. This may mean new housing for better cow comfort, changes to feed storage for less shrink, or changes to milking for better labor efficiency. The decision to modernize is based on the farm family’s personal and business goals. The webinar looks at how to modernize the farm without breaking the bank.
Cow Comfort Update
November 25, 2014
Research and experience continue to demonstrate that providing an environment that caters to cows needs benefits health, production, well-being, and longevity. This webinar focuses on the factors that define “cow comfort,” why it is important, and how it can be applied to almost any dairy housing system.
Collection and Use of Data in Robotic Milking Systems
November 18, 2014
Robotic milking systems provide a lot of information that can be used by the dairyman, veterinarians, and dairy nutritionists to manage the production and health of dairy cattle.
Focus on Transition Cows
October 21, 2014
Transitioning cows from the dry period into and through early lactation has a huge effect on the overall production and health of the entire herd. The way we house and manage the dry and pre-fresh cows ultimately determines the level of production they can achieve. This webinar looks at animal behavior aspects of this transition period as well as housing and management options.
Downed Cows and End of Life Decisions
October 7, 2014
Animal welfare on the farm is a priority for all dairy producers. This webinar looks at issues such as handling downed cows, when and how to euthanize animals, and proper methods of handling the carcass.
Stray Voltage in Dairy Systems
September 23, 2014
When cow performance dips, stray voltage is often mentioned as a possible cause. We tackle the topic in this webinar according to research-based information, defining what it is-and what it isn't. Investigation and mitigation methods will be discussed.
Cow Behavior in a Robotic Milking Dairy
April 29, 2014
In a robotic milking dairy, cows are not tied to a regular 2X or 3X milking schedule but are allowed to set their own milking routine throughout the day. Because these systems allow cows to select their milking frequency, the way cows interact with herd mates and with their physical environment will have a great impact on how well the system works. Factors affecting cow behavior, with particular attention to behaviors that affect efficiency of robot use, are discussed during this webinar.
Getting a Handle on Lameness
April 8, 2014
Hoof health is incredibly important in a dairy herd. Clinical lameness not only costs in terms of treatment, but can also lead to lower milk production, decreased reproductive performance, and increased culling. The design and management of both the flooring and resting area have a direct influence on overall foot health of the dairy herd. Discussion of lameness causes and ways facility design features and management can minimize hoof health issues is led by Dr. Ernest Hovingh, Penn State Extension Veterinarian, and Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension Engineer.
Relationships Between Humans Animals and Technology
March 25, 2014
What behaviors are expected from the cows and humans in a dairy using robotic milking, and how are farming routines and activities changed? How do dairy farmers learn to understand and make use of the information generated by robotic milking systems? What positive and negative effects on animal welfare are associated with robotic milking, and what are the implications of these for the public image of dairy farming? This webinar answers these questions and others related to how the introduction of robotic milking may change the ways dairy farmers manage their farms and businesses. The use of activity monitors and rumination sensors are gaining popularity on farms. The information provided by these sensors has the potential to improve management and farm profitability. These systems can be connected with a robotic milking system or used in a farm milking with conventional milking systems. Current research on activity monitors and rumination sensors is presented.
Dairy Housing Lighting for Convenience & Performance
March 11, 2014
Work on modern dairy farms often continues well after the sun goes down. Effective lighting is necessary to accomplish tasks properly and safely. Studies indicate that long-day lighting systems - properly designed and managed - can increase milk production. Topics covered during this webinar include long-day lighting, suggested lighting levels throughout the dairy system, and the efficiency and economics of various lighting choices.
Feed Management & Success Factors for a Successful Robot Start-up
February 25, 2014
This webinar includes presentations on feeding management and managing a successful robot start-up. Proper feeding and dairy cow nutrition is important to all dairy farms. In a robotic milking dairy, feeding is not only about cow nutrition but is the primary motivation for the cow to visit the robotic milker. Transitioning to robotic milking offers many challenges. How a dairy prepares for this transition and handles the start-up phase of the transition can have a long-term impact on the success of the dairy.
Heat Stress Abatement in Dairy Shelters
February 11, 2014
Now is the time to start considering modifications to housing to address upcoming summer heat events and their impact on milk production and herd health. This webinar discusses how heat stress affects dairy cattle, the basic methods for providing heat abatement and looks at the economic benefits of using a well designed and managed heat abatement system throughout the dairy housing system.
Financing a Robotic Milking Start-up
January 28, 2014
Installation of a robotic milking system can require a higher initial capital investment than does the installation of a conventional milking system. Additionally, the transition to robotic milking is often associated with an expansion of the dairy herd. This webinar presents factors that dairy farmers and their financial advisors need to consider to ensure a profitable and successful transition to robotic milking.
Is Group Calf Housing for You
January 14, 2014
Interest in rearing newborn calves to weaning in groups has increased over the past few years. With proper management group calf housing adopters are realizing labor savings, improved feed intake, and better calf socialization, but have also experienced some bottlenecks and learned a few lessons. Feeding methods, housing design, environmental control, and management are discussed.
Bedding for Dairy Cows: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
December 10, 2013
Bedding – whether organic or inorganic – is an essential element to creating a comfortable resting area for dairy cows. This webinar will cover the benefits and challenges of common bedding material types used, as well as, management strategies that encourage stall use, promote cleanliness and minimize injury.
Facility Design for Robotic Milking Dairies
November 26, 2013
Robotic milking barns can be designed as free flow or guided flow systems; each system offers its own benefits and challenges. Whichever system is chosen, it is important to make sure that facilities are designed in such a way that cows will be milked, go to food and water, and rest without added human intervention. Key concepts in the design of robotic milking facilities will be discussed