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2002 Milking Management and Mastitis Control Cow College

Dairy Pipeline: January 2002

Gerald M. (Jerry) Jones
Extension Dairy Scientist,
Milk Quality & Milking Management
(540) 231-4764;

This year's Cow College will be held on February 12-13 on the Virginia Tech Campus. The program is intended for dairy herd milkers and owners/managers as well as others in the dairy industry. We will cover the basics including physiology of the udder, milk formation and let-down, proper milking procedures, relationship of milking systems, cow environment, design and maintenance of freestalls, development of mastitis emphasizing mastitis prevention, dry cow management, bred heifers, lactation and dry therapy, and drug residue avoidance. Speakers include: Dr. Steve Nickerson, Dr. Mike Akers, Dr. Ernest Hovingh, Alan Grove, and myself. The program will cover the subject materials required for "Master Milker Certification", a new program introduced by the Milk Quality Leadership Council. Registration is $65 which includes lunch both days and breaks. Lodging is $73 per night (single or double) at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center (1-877-200-3360). Please call by January 14 to be assured of a room (you can always cancel if you change your mind). Contact your dairy extension agent or see our web site for additional details or registration material.

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