The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six part webinar series titled: Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series. Upcoming Zoom meetings will be held on February 15, 18, 22, and 25 from 8-9 p.m. CST. The series will focus on different considerations to prepare for calving on beef cattle operations. Farmers, 4-H’ers, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and those interested in beef cows are invited to attend.
• February 15 – Calving Barn Preparation and Sanitation. Topics to be discussed: Concrete vs. soil (mud considerations), bedding options, differences on calving timing in the winter vs late spring/summer. Speakers: Melissa Runck, Pipestone and Murray Counties Extension Educator and Brenda Miller, Todd County Extension Educator.
• February 18 – Calving Trouble: When to Help Her and Intervene. Topics to be discussed: Recognizing the signs of dystocia (difficult birth), how to help her, tools to have on hand
Speaker: Dr. Joe Armstrong DVM, Cattle Production Systems Extension Educator.
• February 22 – Helping Newborn Calves: Colostrum Needs, Teaching Calves to Nurse and the Grafting Process. Topics to be discussed: How to care for young and newborn calves. Speakers: Eric Mousel, Cow Calf Management Extension Educator and Dana Adams, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties Extension Educator.
• February 25 – Management of Calf Scours. Speakers: Dr. Tony Dank, USDA Veterianian.
Pre-registration is required. Please register at z.umn.edu/CalvingSeries by 5 p.m. CST the day before each event. You will receive a Zoom link after registration closes. You only have to register once and you will be registered for all subsequent webinars. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, you will receive the recordings for all the sessions via email at the end of the series. Any questions please contact: Brenda Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.