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2021 PDPW Calf Connection® Workshops to Feature Leading Experts Sharing Best Practices for both Calves and Caretakers

October 5, 2021
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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2021 PDPW Calf Connection® Workshops to Feature Leading Experts Sharing
Best Practices for both Calves and Caretakers

A One-Day Workshop to be held in three locations, Oct. 26, 27, 28
DAIRY NEWS – New technologies, tools and practices are allowing today’s dairy farms to give their calves the best possible start.  Calf care managers, feeders and team members, along with nutritionists, veterinarians and industry professionals are invited to the 2021 PDPW Calf Care Connection® Workshops, presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) for presentations, hands-on workshops and practical discussions, all focused on caring for the newest additions to the dairy farm.
Leading experts will share how to make the most of data generated on farms, develop and troubleshoot protocols, and alleviate pain and stress for animals.  The health and wellbeing of dairy farmers and team members is also key, so the general session at each workshop will provide stress management recommendations and explore how compassion fatigue can impact personal health and work. 
Workshops will be presented in English with simultaneous Spanish translation for all sessions.
Three repeating sessions of the workshop will be held, each starting with registration at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m., on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, LaSure’s Banquet Hall, Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Energy Education Center, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Thursday, Oct. 28, Southwest Technical College, Fennimore, Wis.
“Best-in-class calf care means putting all available tools and information to work on our farms, but deciding which options are the best for each farm can be overwhelming,” said Janet Clark, dairy producer from Rosendale, Wisc., and PDPW Vice President.  “PDPW’s Calf Care Connection provides access to leading experts and farmers and calf raisers who can share their insights and experiences, providing practical tips for immediate improvements as well as ideas for the future.”
Workshop presenters include Monica Cramer McConkey, rural mental health specialist and owner of Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, LLC, Dr. Scott Earnest, DVM, livestock veterinarian and dairy consultant at Lodi Veterinary Care, and Dr. Scott Pertzborn, DVM, livestock veterinarian and owner at Lodi Veterinary Care.  Wisconsin dairy farmers and calf raisers Laura Raatz, Pam Selz-Pralle and Kathy Brown will participate in a producer panel discussion each day.
The program will feature a general session presentation by Monica Cramer McConkey, two breakout sessions and one dairy producer panel.
  • Watch for that blind spot.  McConkey will provide tips to effectively manage stress and ensure that we are caring for ourselves so we can ensure the best care for our animals.
  • Opportunities for wet calves. Dr. Earnest will present a hands-on session to help troubleshoot your early calf care program, including working with refractometers, bacterial cultures, colostrum and serum samples and identifying practical solutions for problem areas.
  • It doesn’t have to hurt.  Dr. Pertzborn will lead a discussion on pain alleviation options and ethics, humane euthanization and quality of life, and share strategies to help calves avoid pain and stress.
  • Record keeping panel discussion.  A dairy producer panel will share insights on the data they collect and how they determine which analytics are most valuable to their operations and decision making.
Learn more about Calf Care Connection and register your team by visiting or contacting PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #CCC2021 and #mypdpw on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Calf Care Connection is an accredited training and offers up to 4.5 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) for each day. To learn more or secure credits, visit Up to 3.0 CEU Credits are available to the American Registry of Professional Scientists (ARPAS) members. This program is also an approved Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) training.
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.