Ferguson to Lead Analysis Webinar on Reproduction


Ferguson to Lead Analysis Webinar on Reproduction

Fifth in Series of 10 Addresses Strategies to Achieve PR of 25 Percent

Center for Dairy Excellence logoDr. James Ferguson, professor of nutrition with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, will share a look at reproductive management strategies to achieve a pregnancy rate of 25 percent or higher during the fifth of ten webinars associated with the Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis. The webinar is planned for Friday, August 9, at 2 p.m.

Dr. James FergusonThe Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis was a joint project of the Center for Dairy Excellence, Penn State Extension Dairy Team, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center and Saint Joseph’s University School of Food Marketing. It was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and was a year-long review of historical trends and future projections within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

The study looks at trends in producer demographics, on-farm production, crop and land use, processing, marketing and consumption patterns. The analysis also offers twenty prescriptions for necessary interventions to foster growth and revitalization of the dairy industry in the commonwealth.

Achieving higher pregnancy rates in Pennsylvania was part of a prescription focused on improving herd performance included in the analysis recommendations. Ferguson’s work specializes in the relationship between nutrition, reproduction and production in dairy cattle. He will look at the trends identified in the analysis and show how pregnancy rates can be improved through herd management changes.

A recording of the first four webinars are now available online at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org. Click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis.” Upcoming webinar dates are listed below. All webinars begin at 2 p.m. To pre-register, email info@centerfordairyexcellence.org.

  • Friday, August 9, “Reproductive Management Strategies to Achieve a Pregnancy Rate of 25 Percent,” led by Dr. Jim Ferguson with the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Friday, August 23, “Milk Quality Management Strategies to Achieve a SCC of 150,000 or Less,” led by Dr. Mike Kristula, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Friday, September 13, “Milk Yield and Nutritional Management Strategies to Gain 4-5 Pounds in Milk Yield,” led by White and Dr. Linda Baker with the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Friday, September 27, “Heifer Rearing Strategies to Achieve an AFC of 22 Months,” led by Galligan.
  • Friday, October 11, “Milk Processing & Consumption Trends in Pennsylvania,” led by White and Dr. John Stanton with the Saint Joseph’s University School of Food Marketing.
  • Friday, October 25, “A Review of What Labeling Can Do for Pennsylvania Milk Sales,” led by Stanton.

For more information, go to www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click on “Dairy Information,” then on “PA Dairy Futures Analysis.” Printed copies of the “Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis” can also be requested online at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org or by calling the center at 717-346-0849.

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7.30.2013