Free On-demand webinar: Managing digital dermatitis

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Target Audience:

  • Dairy Nutritionists

Join Dairy Herd for a free webinar discussing digital dermatitis — prevention strategies, monitoring, treatments and new tools.

Key points:

• Strategies should be preventative rather than reactive.
• Strategies need to become more interdisciplinary, involving not just footbaths and environmental inputs, but nutrition, mitigation of risk factors, records and the strategic usage of data for monitoring as well.
• Early monitoring and recording is key. As soon as a producer sees lesions, treatment, recording and cow typing should begin.
• Heifers should be monitored in addition to the lactating animals. DD lesions in heifers are at the origin of the recurrence of DD lesions on-farm.
• New tools will allow producers to predict outbreaks before they happen.


Tom Quaife
Former Editor, Dairy Herd Management


Dr. Dorte Dopfer
Dr. University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine

A veterinarian, epidemiologist and microbiologist by training, Dörte Döpfer has worked in bovine clinics, taught infectious diseases as an assistant professor at Utrecht University/The Netherlands and worked as a senior veterinary epidemiologist at the Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology Group/Division of Infectious Diseases/Animal Sciences Group Wageningen UR/Lelystad/The Netherlands. Since Summer of 2008, she became an assistant professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine Group of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

She is currently working on mathematical models for infectious diseases specializing in complex host-pathogen interactions and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, spatial modeling, food safety, Global Health and farm animal production medicine, disease surveillance and risk analysis. Dörte has participated in international expert groups for WHO, VLA/UK and other EU Member States and she is interested in optimizing the communication between interdisciplinary research teams and their policy makers.

Dr. Mike Socha
Doctor, Zinpro Corp.

Mike was born and raised on a 30-cow dairy operation near Edgar, WI, where he was involved in all aspects of the dairy operation.  Socha earned his doctorate in animal and nutritional sciences with an emphasis on dairy science from the University of New Hampshire.  He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in dairy science from University of Wisconsin.  His doctoral research focused on determining methionine requirements of lactating dairy cows.  His master’s thesis work analyzed the effect of feeding heated soybeans to early lactation dairy cows on milk production, composition and fatty acid profile.

     Mike currently is Regional RNS manager-North America at Zinpro Corporation.  Mike’s group is responsible for setting up university and field trials on a variety of research projects, as well as helping to providing technical support to the Zinpro sales staff.

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