Organic Livestock and Poultry Health Series

Veterinary Extension within The Ohio State University’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and OEFFA 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.

Download the brochure for the 2015 series here.

Upcoming events in the series:

Managing and Monitoring Hypocalcemia in Dairy Cows–Monday, July 6, 12 p.m. ET

The weeks before and after calving are critical to dairy cow health. Hypocalcemia at the onset of lactation significantly increases the risk for metabolic diseases like retained fetal membranes, displaced abomasum, metritis, and mastitis, which in turn reduce milk yield and the reproductive performance of lactating cows. During this webinar, Ohio State University Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann will provide information on best transition cow management practices to avoid a drop in dry matter intake, prevent hypocalcemia and ketosis, and maintain a strong immune system for animals under certified organic management. To register for the webinar, click here.
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Dairy Herd Health Workshop–Monday, June 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET

Held at Othmary Farms, a family-owned certified organic dairy farm managed by Daniel and Rebecca Fullenkamp and family, Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann will discuss herd health monitoring and recordkeeping, and perform an on-farm risk assessment with an emphasis on herd health and productivity to identify areas for improvement. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council and Organic Valley. Othmary Farms is located at 8310 Huwer Rd. in Maria Stein, Ohio. For more information, click here. To register for the on-farm workshop, call (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or email eric@oeffa.org by June 26.

More information about the following webinars will be available soon:

Basics of Poultry Health Management–Monday, July 27, 12 p.m. ET

Improving Milk Quality–Monday, August 3, 12 p.m. ET

Defining and Monitoring Health Events in Dairy Herds–Monday, September 7, 12 p.m. ET

Certified Organic Livestock Standards–Thursday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET

Organic Livestock Inputs–Thursday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET

Nutritional Management of Lactating Dairy Cows–Monday, November 9, 12 p.m. ET

Past events in the series:

Dairy Animal Nutrition and Mammary Health–Recorded June 3, 2015

Dr. William Weiss, a Dairy Extension Specialist and Ohio State University Animal Sciences Professor, describes how the proper supplementation of vitamins and minerals can improve immunity and mammary gland health in dairy cows. Dr. Weiss will also talks about how proper feeding, particularly at the time of calving, can reduce metabolic problems that are a major risk factor for mastitis. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.

CSI for Dairy: Assessing the Risk of Uterine Disease–Recorded June 1, 2015

Ohio State University Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann discusses transition herd management with an emphasis on preventing calving-related diseases. To watch the webinar, see below or click here.

Pain Management on Organic Dairy Farms–Recorded May 5, 2015

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 watch the webinar, see below or click here.

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.

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 education@oeffa.org.

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