Two Advanced Calving Clinics Planned for Eastern Iowa

January 3, 2020, 11:02 am | Denise Schwab

veterinarian and clinic participant demonstrating calving technique.VINTON, Iowa — Dairy and beef producers are invited to attend one of two mid-February advanced calving clinics in Edgewood and Dysart. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab said anyone who attends will learn something new at the clinic regardless of experience with calving out cows.

“These clinics will provide both classroom and hands-on activities presented by Iowa State faculty and private industry veterinarians,” Schwab said. “Classroom topics include nutrition and management for late gestation and early lactation, and neonatal calf care. Hands-on sessions include handling dystocia, including first aid and emergency care.”

Caramel, the life-size tabletop cow model, will be used to demonstrate various techniques to help ease calving difficulties and increase live calves. Both clinics will be held on Monday, Feb. 17. The Edgewood clinic is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edgewood Event Center, 303 N Washington St. The Dysart clinic will run from 5-10 p.m. at the Dysart Community Building, 418 Main St.

Clinic descriptions

Classroom segments

  • Dr. Katy Lippolis, Iowa State University assistant professor and extension cow-calf specialist; Challenges of beef cows surrounding calving, and using nutrition and management to ensure healthy calves, successful rebreeding rates and improved performance.
  • Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian and associate professor; Neonatal calf care, including colostrum management, first-day care and vaccine protocols.

Hands-on segments

  • Dr. Caitlyn Wiley, Iowa State University clinical assistant professor; Tips and tricks to ease calving and demonstration of techniques to simplify pulling malpresentations to result in more live calves, both with the aid of Caramel.
  • Dr. Mark Houser from the Edgewood Veterinary Clinic will present at Edgewood and Dr. Nicole Knaack from the North Tama Veterinary Clinic will present at Dysart. They will discuss and demonstrate ways to provide first aid to both cow and calf around time of delivery, and share information on providing emergency care before a vet can arrive to help ensure a healthy start and reduce fresh cow incidences.

Registration is just $20 thanks to the generous support of Westway Feed Products; ISU Extension and Outreach Benton, Clayton, Delaware and Tama counties;  Benton County Cattlemen and Tama County Cattlemen; and Iowa Beef Center. Preregister by Feb. 13 by calling the Benton County Extension office at 319-472-4739.

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