NMC Regional Meeting – Short Courses

Short Courses  –  Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The first day of the conference will kick-off with a variety of in-class and hands-on short courses being offered during morning sessions and afternoon sessions. Short Courses run simultaneously so you can only attend one in a.m. and one in p.m.
  Please note:   Pre-registration is required.


Short Course #1           Overview On How To Monitor Udder Health Using DairyComp
Time:                                  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Coffee/tea/water provided. Lunch on your own.
Location:                          OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1713
  Class Size Limit:          30 people
Registration Fee:         $100.00  (Cdn $)
Level:                                 Beginner
Intended Audience:    Producers and beginner advisor DairyComp users
Instructors:                    Dr. Ewen Ferguson & Jeromy Ten Hag, CanWest DHI, Guelph, Ontario Canada
Sponsored By:              CanWest DHI

Course Description:
This course is geared to producers and/or advisors and will demonstrate how DairyComp can be used to monitor udder health and milk quality on a dairy. A discussion on the value of having good udder health information and what data is relevant to be able to monitor effectively.  This interactive presentation will also show effective DairyComp commands that can be used to understand the current udder health situation and how it has changed over time.


Short Course #2           Planning and Implementing a Robotic Milking Start Up
Time:                                  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.   Coffee/tea/water provided. Lunch on your own.
Location:                          OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1715
Class Size Limit:           40 people
Registration Fee:         $100.00  (Cdn $)
Intended Audience:    All dairy industry sectors
Instructor:                      Jack Rodenburg, DairyLogix, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Course Description:
DairyLogix Robotic Barn designer Jack Rodenburg, will moderate a panel of three producers in their first year milking with three popular brands of robotic milking systems. Panelists will discuss the planning process they went through as well as their start up experiences. Jack will also share his “do’s and don’ts” for barn design and start up procedures. Presentations will be brief and the majority of the available time will be devoted to discussion with workshop participants. Our intended audience is producers with plans to go robotic in future and advisors working directly with these producers.


Short Course #3            Basic Milking System Function
Time:                                   8:30 a.m – 12:00 noon. Coffee/tea/water provided. Lunch on your own.
Location:                           OVC Clinical Skills Building
Class Size Limit:            20 people
Registration Fee:          $125.00  (Cdn $)
Level:                                  Beginner
Intended Audience:    Dairy producers/managers, industry advisors/consultants, University  extension staff, veterinary professionals
Instructor(s):                 Dr. Roger Thomson, MQ-IQ Consulting, Battlecreek, Michigan

Course Description: 
This session is a hands-on “show and tell” event designed to establish the fundamentals of how a milking system works to help attendees understand how the milking system can affect milking comfort and the importance of the teat/liner interaction.


Short Course #4            The Cows Speak to Us About Milking……Are You Listening?
Time:                                   8:30 a.m – 12:00 noon. Coffee/tea/water provided. Lunch on your own.
Location:                           OVC Pathobiology 1810
Class Size Limit:            30 people
Registration Fee:          $100.00  (Cdn $)
Intended Audience:    All dairy industry sectors
Instructor:                       Dr. Ron Erskine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Course Description:
In this short course, participants will be provided a review and update on milking physiology and milking routines from the cow’s perspective. Are your milking protocols optimizing teat and udder health? Milk harvest? Participants will be introduced to gaining and analyzing digital vacuum recordings of milking (VaDia®) that ‘translate’ what the cows tell us about milking routines and equipment. The course will include didactic and interactive instruction. The objectives for the participants will be to enhance awareness of milking routine pitfalls and how to evaluate them. Potential opportunities for assessing milking equipment function and employee training will also be highlighted.


Short Course #5          Tour the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre Dairy Facility in Elora
 Time:                                10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Location:                         Elora Dairy Facility. Drive on your own.
Class Size Limit:          No limit
Registration Fee:        No Charge
Level:                                General Interest
Intended Audience:   All dairy industry sectors
Instructor:                      Tour guides on site.

Description: The Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) is leading dairy innovation through education and collaboration. It is a state-of-the-art 175,000 square foot facility for discovery, learning, and outreach. This centre is a partnership between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph, and the Ontario dairy industry.


Short Course #6
A Systematic Approach of Using DairyComp to Troubleshoot Udder Health and Milk Quality Issues on the Farm

Time:                                  1:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/water provided.
Location:                          OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1713
Class Size Limit:           20 people, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops
Registration Fee:         $100.00   (Cdn $)
Level:                                 Intermediate to Advanced
Intended Audience:   Advisors and DairyComp Advance Users
Instructor(s):                Dr. Ewen Ferguson & Jeromy Ten Hag, CanWest DHI, Guelph, Ontario Canada
Sponsored By:              CanWest DHI

Course Description:
This course is geared to dairy advisors that already have some knowledge of DairyComp, and will demonstrate how to trouble shoot udder health issues and better understand where opportunities lie on the dairy to make positive impacts on milk quality.   An open discussion on using all the data records available in DairyComp to best understand where udder health stands in a herd, as well as evaluation of udder health status using SCC data, clinical mastitis data, milk culture data as well as parlor data will be discussed. This interactive session will describe many ways DairyComp can help to effectively trouble shoot udder health and milk quality issues on farm.


Short Course #7
Becoming a Milking-Time Super Sleuth: Evaluating Critical Control Points During Milking to Optimize Udder Health and Milk Quality

Time:                                   1:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/water provided.
Location:                          OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1715
Class Size Limit:           30 people
Registration Fee:         $100.00   (Cdn $)
Level:                                 Beginner/Intermediate
Intended Audience:    Dairy producers, herd managers, quality assurance technicians, and those interested in improving
                                               udder health on farm.
Instructors:                     Dr. Daniel Shock, ACER Consulting, Guelph, Ontario, Canada and Don Anderson, Milk Quality
                                               Management, Sussex, New Brunswick.

Course Description:
This course will provide participants with the practical tools to assess mastitis risk factors during milking. Through audience interaction and a series of visual examples, the course will equip participants with the ability to assess milking technique, cow flow, animal handling, and cow-level factors that indicate potential udder health and milk quality risk in a variety of milking settings, including tiestall, parlor, and robotic setups. Specific topics will include:     Background review of mastitis risk during milk harvest;   Assessing milk harvest technique and timings;   Evaluating cow flow during milking;   Teat condition assessments;   Cow-level indicators of mastitis risk; Troubleshooting udder health issues in robotic herds.


Short Course #8          Advanced Milking System Evaluation and Slug Analysis

Time:                                 1:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m. Coffee/tea/water provided.
Location:                         OVC Clinical Skills Building
Class Size Limit:          20 people. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own testing equipment.
Registration Fee:        $150.00  (Cdn $)
Level:                                 Intermediate/Advanced
Intended Audience:   Dairy equipment professionals, dairy industry professionals, extension staff, veterinarians performing 
                                              milking system evaluations, and dairy farm maintenance specialists responsible for parlor performance.
Instructor:                      Dr. Roger Thomson, MQ-IQ Consulting, Battlecreek, Michigan

Course Description:
This hands-on session is designed to:     Sharpen the skills of the professional milking system evaluator;   Produce consistency among professional milking system evaluators;    Build the confidence of new, professional milking system evaluators;    Train the correct way to perform and evaluate a wash-up slug analysis.


Short Course #9         Tour the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre Dairy Facility in Elora

 Time:                                1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m.
Location:                         Elora Dairy Facility. Drive on your own.
Class Size Limit:          No limit
Registration Fee:        No Charge
Level:                                General Interest
Intended Audience:   All dairy industry sectors
Instructor:                      Tour guides on site.

Description: The Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) is leading dairy innovation through education and collaboration. It is a state-of-the-art 175,000 square foot facility for discovery, learning, and outreach. This centre is a partnership between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph, and the Ontario dairy industry.


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