Still Time To Register for PDP Workshop

There’s still time to register for the 2024 Hoof Management Workshop presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDP). The one-day workshop will offer access to world-class experts, hands-on training opportunities and simultaneous Spanish translation.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 20, at Maier Farms LLC, 7085 Schumacher Rd., Waunakee Wis. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program concluding at 3:30 p.m. The 2024 Hoof Management Workshop is sponsored by Zinpro.

“The Hoof Management Workshop is a must-attend event for team members who are working with dairy cattle every day. It will provide opportunities to practice key animal handling skills and better understand how to prevent and manage lameness in the herd,” said Paul Lippert, PDP vice president. “Register your team today. Encourage your veterinarian, nutritionist, and also other consulting team members to attend so everyone is on the same page on this critical topic.”

The host dairy farm will serve as an interactive case study for all workshop participants. The program will begin with a general session covering the fundamentals of stockmanship. It will feature skills that are key for the safety of both animals and team members. Attendees will have practical, hands-on opportunities to practice stockmanship skills and animal handling skills in pens with dairy cattle.

In breakout sessions, participants will work with facilitators to explore the technical essentials of the footbath. They will identify treatment options and protocols for chronically challenged cows and also discuss practices that create continuous improvements in hoof health to reduce the strain lameness places on cows and team members.

The workshop will be facilitated by three hoof health experts: Karl Burgi, founder of the Save Cows® Network, hoof-care provider and consultant; Ashlynn Kirk, program manager for the Humane Handling Institute, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and also Dr. Laura SolanoDVM, PhD, assistant professor of Food Animal Production at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.