For our yearly producer meeting, we give a series of lectures about a timely topic that will assist our producers in managing their herds. We always bring in an expert from outside our practice to join a few of our home-grown veterinarians in providing this excellent educational experience.

Check back for details about any upcoming meetings.

Past Producer Meetings

Heat Stress and Salmonella Dublin Seminar

November 29, 2022

  • Managing Heat Stress in a Warming World – Dr. Gordie Jones
  • Salmonella Dublin at the Rayner Dairy Facility – Jay Olyniuk, Herd Manager – Rayner Dairy Facility
  • Salmonella Dublin:  A Really Good Reason to Practice Biosecurity – Dr. John Dick
  • Prevalence of Salmonella Dublin in BC Dairy Herds – Ellen Boyd, BC Ministry of Agriculture
  • New Concepts in Dairy Design:  The All Season Hybrid Barn – Dr. Gordie Jones

Selective Dry Cow Therapy and Lameness Seminar

December 5, 2019

  • Should We Use Blanket Dry Cow Therapy Anymore? – Dr. Dan McDermid
  • Key Considerations for the Implementation of a Hoof Health Program – Dr. Laura Solano, Farm Animal Care Associates
  • Control of Infectious Foot Lesions: Add a Dose of Skepticism – Dr. Laura Solano, Farm Animal Care Associates
  • Federal Transport Regulations: How will they affect you – Dr. Christina Lyn
  • Calf Start Program Update – Dr. Bev Chard
  • Reproductive Loss in BC Dairy Cattle Research Study Update – Dr. John Dick

Reproduction and Disease Protocol Seminar

November 8, 2018

  • Effect of GnRH at Breeding on Conception Rate – Dr. Ronaldo Cerri, UBC
  • Should We Use Two Shots of Prostaglandin in the Ovsynch Protocol – Dr. John Dick
  • Reproductive Health Recording in DairyCOMP 305 – Jeromy Ten Hag, Canwest DHI
  • What’s New with Sexed Semen – Dr. Beverly Chard
  • Farm Specific Disease Protocols – Dr. Phil Chris
  • Recording and Using Disease and Treatment Data – Jeromy Ten Hag, Canwest DHI

Down Cow Protocol Roundtable

October 17, 2018

  • A discussion about managing down cows and implementing appropriate protocols – Dr. Robert Tremblay, Boeringer Ingelheim

Mastitis and Last Day of Pregnancy Roundtables

February 28, 2018

  • Last Day of Pregnancy and The First Day of Life – Dr. Robert Trembley, Boeringer Ingelheim
  • Managing cases of mastitis that aren’t bad enough that the cow is sick – Dr. Robert Trembley, Boeringer Ingelheim

Fresh Cow and Calf Health Seminar

November 8, 2017

  • Updates on Cattle Immunology and Vaccine Application – Dr. Melodie Chan, Zoetis
  • Calf Health and Facility Design – Dr. Elad Ben Ezra
  • Cryptosporidium: Update on Prevention and Treatment – Beverly Chard
  • Fresh Cow Diseases: Make the Cows the Consultants –John Dick
  • Milk Fever: It is more common that you think John Dick

Dairy Calf Management Seminar

October 29, 2015

  • Benchmarking: Rethinking Your Calf Management Practices – Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, UBC Animal Welfare Program
  • Calf Dehorning: Making it Easy for You and the Calf – Dr. John Dick
  • New ProAction Requirements for Dairy Farms – Dr. Phil Chris
  • Dairy Calfhood Building Blocks to Success – Dr. Melodie Chan, Zoetis

Managing Welfare on Dairies

November 6, 2014

  • Managing Welfare on Dairies, the US experience – Earl Dotson, Validus Verification Services
  • New findings on digital dermatitis, lameness, lying times and their effect on cow welfare – Dr. Karin Orsel, Univ. of Calgary
  • Primary results from our Heifer Genomics Study – Dr. Marty Darrow
  • Neospora monitoring research update – Dr. Josh Waddington and Dr. Karin Orsel

Herd Management Seminar – Presented by CanWest DHI

January 9, 2014

  • Management Tips to Improve Milk Quality – Dr. David Reid, Rocky Ridge Dairy Consulting, Hazel Green, WI
  • 10 Things I’ve Learned From 20 Years at the Milk Quality Business in BC – Dr. Dan McDermid
  • Managing Mastitis Through The Lens of Production Records – Dr. Dorothy Krysak, Zoetis

Dairy Reproductive Strategies Seminar

October 2, 2013

  • Should we be Infusing Cows? – Dr. Dan McDermid
  • Working with Non Cycling Cows – Dr. Phil Chris
  • Information from Activity Monitors: Relationships with Productive and Reproductive Parameters – Dr. Ronaldo Cerri, UBC
  • How is your Synch Program Working? – Dr. John Dick
  • Neospora Research: Testing Opportunities for Producers – Dr. Josh Waddington

Fall Producer Meeting

December 7, 2012

  • A summary of the dairy herd information we have been collecting – Dr. John Dick and Dr. Phil Chris
  • New solutions to old problems – Dr. Josh Waddington
  • Calf health and Inforce™ 3 vaccination – Dr. Melodie Chan, Pfizer Animal Health
  • An introduction to embryo transfer, sexing, and genomic testing – Dr. Marty Darrow

Managing Your Dairy Herd Through Computer Software

Fall 2011

A series of three meetings where each meeting will cover similar topics but will be tailored to a specific software program. If you are not using one of these programs, it would still be useful to attend. Tech service technicians from each software platform will be available to answer your questions.

  • Nov 17, 2011 – Dairy Comp 305
  • Dec 7, 2011 – DairyPlan
  • Dec 8, 2011 – Vampp