Organic Livestock and Poultry Health Series

Veterinary Extension within The Ohio State University’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association have joined together to provide education and resources to veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who work with certified organic livestock herds and flocks.

The organic educational series features a combination of webinars and in-person workshops, and will give veterinarians and other livestock professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and services offered by providing the information needed to effectively work with certified organic livestock and poultry farmers.

The series will cover the following topics:

  • Transition cow management, emphasizing calving-related disease prevention and on-farm risk assessment
  • Organic standards for livestock, allowed inputs, and the certification process
  • Management of somatic cell counts and mastitis control
  • Parasite management and control
  • Pain management, regulatory medicine, and science-based treatments
  • Organic poultry flock health
  • Nutrition-related diseases
  • On-farm health audits to assess herd risk factors
  • Defining, monitoring, and recordkeeping of health events

Upcoming events in the series:

Pain Management on Organic Dairy Farms–Tuesday, May 5 1-2 p.m. EST

Led by Dr. Ulrike Sorge DVM and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, during this webinar you will learn how to recognize signs of pain in animals, the economic impact of pain on the well-being and production of animals, and about approaches to address pain in animals within the organic guidelines. To register for the webinar, click here.

Past events in the series:

CSI For Dairy: On-Farm Audits to Assess Risk–Recorded June 23, 2014

Led by OSU Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo M. Schuenemann, during this webinar you will learn about transition herd management with an emphasis on calving-related disease prevention. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.

Certified Organic Livestock Standards–Recorded July 10, 2014

Presented by OEFFA staff, during this webinar you will get an introduction to the standards for organic livestock. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.

Basics of Poultry Health and Management—Recorded October 30, 2014

Presented by Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar, Poultry Extension Veterinarian with OSU’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine, this webinar covers the basic concepts of poultry disease diagnosis and control in organic production systems. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.  Note: The end of this recording was cut off. The full PowerPoint presentation, without audio, is available here.

Internal Parasite Management in Pasture-Based Sheep and Goat Operations—Recorded November 3, 2014

Presented by Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator with OSU Extension Wayne County, during this webinar you will learn how to organically manage parasites in pasture-based goat and sheep operations. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.

To learn more about this series and the events scheduled, click here. To read our May 15 press release announcing the series, click here.

This project is made possible with funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.

For more details, call (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or email

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