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


Register now for the following upcoming events:

Organic Livestock Inputs–Wednesday, October 1, 1 p.m.

Presented by the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), during this free webinar you will learn about commonly used organic inputs, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. It will include a pre-course self -study; in-class discussion and questions, examples, and exercises; and a post-course evaluation. Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation to document their attendance. Space is limited to 25 students and pre-registration is required. To be considered for a spot, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or


Past events in the series:

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

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 Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m.

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.


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