An effective reproductive program is essential to a dairy’s profitability, yet many dairies struggle to overcome bottlenecks that hinder reproductive efficiency. To help optimize reproductive performance, Penn State Dairy Alliance is offering Reproductive Drill-Down Workshops in Lancaster, Pa. and Mercer, Pa. next month.
This workshop is for dairy consultants, veterinarians, educators and dairy producers. It is designed to help participants better identify the factors limiting reproductive performance on their dairies. Participants will use the Penn State Reproductive Drill-Down Assessment Tool to evaluate and identify specific areas of management that limit reproductive performance.

Participants will also visit and evaluate a dairy herd and develop a strategy to address its weaknesses. New concepts in reproductive management, synchronization systems and herd health will be covered. The workshops’ emphasis is on learning how to evaluate factors effecting heat detection rate and conception rate, including nutrition, accuracy of heat detection, factors associated with artificial insemination and timed insemination programs, and health factors related to reproduction, such as mastitis and uterine health.
The Reproductive Drill-Down Workshops will be held at two sites:

  • Jan. 13 and 20 — Farm and Home Center, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Jan. 15 and 22 — Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office, Mercer, Pa.

Hours are: Day 1 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Day 2 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 20 per location.

The registration fee for Pa. producers and their employees is $16 per person, thanks to a grant from the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Registration for all others is $40 per person.

To register, call (888) 373-7232, or register with a credit card online.  Additional workshop details may also be found there.
Source: Penn State Dairy Alliance