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Complete Herdsman Training Program 2019-09-05T16:00:30+00:00

The Complete Herdsman Training Program is made up of eight individual courses that are presented over a two week period every autumn. The courses can be taken separately, or you can enroll in the complete course for a 25% savings in cost. Click on the below courses to read about what each one has to offer.

Cow Signals
proAction: Let’s Get It Done!
Basic Examination and Treatment of the Cow
Health Management of the Young Calf
Trimming and Treating the Lame Cow
Calving Management
Milker Training Refresher

Dairy Reproduction


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Cow Signals

Cow Signals® is an exciting method to help dairy farmers and their employees to better recognize and understand the body language of the cow and the herd. The goal is to help participants use “intentional” observation to recognize illness and discomfort in an early stage.

Ultimately, when problems are seen, causes and possible solutions can be found. Happy cows mean happy farmers!

The course is presented by Dr. Dan McDermid and includes a classroom introduction and an afternoon session on a dairy farm. The cost of the course includes a copy of the Cow Signals book.

Cost: $200.00 + tax, lunch included

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proAction: Let’s Get It Done!

proAction validation is a necessary part of running a dairy farm now, and its goal of ensuring Canadian milk is of the highest quality and produced in responsibly is very valuable to our industry.

However, the requirements to achieve a successful validation can be daunting. There is plenty of paperwork to be organized, lots of records to keep and protocols to implement, not to mention the cattle assessment. Through this course, Dr. Phil Chris will go over some of the specific requirements of proAction, how to best prepare for a cattle assessment and farm validation, and also expand on how you can utilize proAction to help your farm work better for your cattle and you.

Cost: $120.00 + tax

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Basic Examination and Treatment of the Cow

Dr. John Dick presents this two-day, 10-hour “hands on” course on the examination of the sick cow. The goal is to allow participants to more quickly and accurately identify, diagnose and treat sick cows. The focus of the course will be teaching practical skills. The first day of this course is a class-based teaching session, and then these principles are reinforced in a barn session the second day where participants work directly on dairy cows.

The course will cover:

  • A systematic approach to examination of the sick cow
  • Diagnosis of some common diseases such as mastitis, ketosis, displaced abomasum, down cows, and metritis
  • Guidelines on when to call for veterinary assistance
  • Treatment principles for common disease conditions
  • Treatment techniques:
    • Blood collection
    • IV administration
    • Stomach tubing
    • Drenching and Bolusing

A course reference binder will be provided and will include 2 classroom and 1 barn session over 2 days.

Cost: $350.00 + tax

***COURSE ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS SO REGISTER EARLY****

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Health Management of the Young Calf

Dr. Bev Chard will be offering this full-day course and practical session that will focus on the management of the calf from birth to weaning. Course highlights include resuscitation of the newborn calf, colostrum management, young calf housing and nutrition, common diseases, and vaccination strategies. The latest concepts in calf rearing will be presented.

An on farm session will make available live calves to help students learn the basics of physical examination, taking a blood sample, using an esophageal feeder, and dehorning.

Cost: $200.00 + tax

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Trimming and Treating the Lame Cow

We have brought Dr. Dick Clegg out of retirement again to present this afternoon course that will focus on the practical management of hoof health in the dairy herd. Common foot and hoof conditions will be discussed in the classroom session, including diagnosis, treatment, and preventative strategies. Trimming techniques on normal, overgrown and lame cows will then be demonstrated, and each student will have an opportunity to practice on a variety of cadaver feet.

Further one-on-one training is available on your farm to reinforce the classroom material.

Cost: $170.00 + tax

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Calving Management

Dr. Bev Chard will be offering this afternoon course that will focus on the practical management of the calving cow. It will review when to move a cow to the freshening pen, the signs of normal calving progress and when to check the cow or assist. Common obstetrical problems will be reviewed and tips presented on how to correct them.

There will be an opportunity to work on calves in an “artificial” birth canal to practice recognizing the correct position of the calf and how to safely manipulate it in the uterus. After calving problems like uterine prolapse and bleeding will be reviewed.

Cost: $150.00 + tax

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Milker Training Refresher

Dr. Dan the Mastitis Man presents this afternoon course with the objective to refresh and enhance knowledge in:

  • The goals of milk harvesting.
  • Milk letdown biology.
  • Efficient, effective milking routines.
  • Mastitis recognition and treatment protocols.
  • Basic milking equipment function and troubleshooting.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Cost: $120.00 + tax

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Dairy Reproduction

Dr. John Dick will review the importance of reproduction on a dairy farm. During this afternoon course, Dr. Dick will provide practical tips on assessing reproduction and how to monitor and improve pregnancy rates. Timed insemination protocols will also be discussed, along with the most recent science behind getting the most success from your reproductive program.

Cost: $120.00 + tax

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