Webinars

Join Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) during the month of March for a series of six webinars designed to connect veal and dairy calf producers with leading experts sharing the latest research and practical advice for managing calves. Register for one or all of the webinars by clicking the links below. View the brochure here.

 

Draft program

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Key targets for calf health and how to manage them

Dr. Dave Renaud, ACER Consulting Ltd.

This talk will review some of the key morbidity and mortality metrics producers can use to benchmark calf health. We will also review strategies for evaluating whether the abnormal has become normal, opportunities for improved record-keeping, and strategies for improving health outcomes on-farm.

Registration closes Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Key considerations for buying male calves 

Dr. Dave Renaud, ACER Consulting Ltd.

This talk will review some of the primary factors that producers should be looking at prior to purchasing calves for their operation. We will also discuss the impact of some of these key conditions in terms of health and growth once at your operation.

Registration closes Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

New concepts in calf nutritional management

Dr. Michael Steele, University of Guelph

One of the most critical management factors in calf survival and health is feeding a sufficient quantity of high-quality colostrum and milk to improve passive transfer and growth. However, further benefits to gastrointestinal function and health are now being recognized and will be reviewed in this presentation. In addition, some of the newest strategies for transitioning calves from milk to solid feed in the first months of life will be discussed.

Registration closes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Finishing high-quality grain-fed veal

Marie-Hélène Régnier, Délimax

Factors that contribute to finishing high-quality grain-fed veal are found in both the starting and finishing phases. Focusing on housing, feed quality and feeding programs, as well as management strategies that include weighing cattle, will help ensure top returns.

Registration closes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Motivating on-farm change and team communication

Dr. Steven Roche, ACER Consulting Ltd.

This talk will review some of the major factors influencing on-farm change and what you can do about it. We will discuss some best practices for improving on-farm communication with staff and advisors and explore how to influence change to improve calf health and welfare.

Registration closes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Making calf health a key component of herd health

Dr. Dave Renaud and Dr. Steven Roche, ACER Consulting Ltd.

This talk will review a number of ideas on how to integrate calf health into herd health. We will explore how to engage your team and your veterinarian on a routine basis, how to develop and use protocols effectively, and opportunities for continuous calf health improvement.

Registration closes Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

Program is subject to change. 

 

Meet the speakers 

The Ask the Expert Virtual Speaker Series has an impressive line-up of speakers sharing the latest research and practical advice for managing veal cattle and male dairy calves. 

Click here to meet this year’s speakers!

 

Webinar FAQs

Curious about exactly how the Ask the Expert Virtual Speaker Series is going to work? Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about webinars here.