This is the first class of the Dairy Professional Series of classes. The objective of AnSc 201, which is taught by Drs. Miller and Hutjens, is to give students a broad overview of dairy production principles and practices in Illinois, the United States and the world. All major disciplines (nutrition, reproduction, genetics, milk secretion, health, heifer growth, milk marketing, housing, waste handling, biotechnology and international agriculture) are discussed.
Includes sections on calves and heifers; genetics and mating; business records and management; facilities; nutrient management; forage production; pasture systems; and health; including hoof health, vaccinations, biosecurity and other diseases.
Advanced Dairy Nutrition includes information and guidelines from the 2001 Dairy NRC; a new section on metabolic disorders; an updated section on transition cow management and feeding, including material from the University of Wisconsin staff; and forage-based feeding approaches, including pasture as well as feeding systems, phase feeding, protein, energy, minerals and additives, and dry cow strategies.
An advanced course covering the physiologic basis of mammary growth, milk secretion and udder health. Topics covered include mammary gland anatomy, hormonal control, causes and control of mastitis, milk harvesting and milk quality. The course will be delivered via web-based synchronous discussion as well as online training modules. Students should have a basic course in dairy/animal science or physiology, or consent of the instructor before taking this course.
Dr. Dick Wallace will lead eleven sessions along with Dr. Mike Hutjens. Topics will include female and male physiology, hormonal relationships, heat detection, new target breeding programs, health management and applications, role of feeding on reproductive function and new technologies (such as cloning, genetic engineering, and other new applications).
The new online Ration Formulation/Balancing dairy class that features Spartan III (Michigan State University) rumen modeling software. Dr. Mike Hutjens will instruct on how to build, evaluate, and balance rations during the five sessions. Topics will include:
Topics will include biosecurity, immunology, vaccinology and protocol development, lameness and hoof care, protocol development, records analysis, beef quality assurance, and proper drug use and residue avoidance.
New one credit class, led by Dr. Mike Hutjens, for fall of 2015. The six week class will cover production, storage, and feeding aspects of the following forages: legumes, grasses, corn and sorghum silage, small grain and sorghum/sudan grass hybrids, and pasture systems. Additional areas will include strategic use of straw and corn stalks, reading forage test results, forage inoculants, weed control, and processing corn silage as shredlage.