Dairy and beef producers are invited to attend one of two advanced calving clinics in early February in Maquoketa and Independence. 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.”

Frosty, the life-size 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. 4. The first will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maquoketa High School Ag Building, 600 Washington Street, Maquoketa. The second will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Heartland Acres Event Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence.

Clinic presenters, their affiliations and topics

Classroom segments

Katy Lippolis, Iowa State 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 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 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 Frosty.

Dr. Mike Slattery of Risius Family Veterinary Clinic will present at Maquoketa and Dr. Jim McMillan of Winthrop Veterinary Clinic will present at Independence. They will discuss and demonstrate ways to provide first aid to both cow and calf around the 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.

Clinics at both locations are free of charge thanks to a grant from the Iowa Beef Center and the support of Zoetis. Preregister by Jan. 25 by calling the Benton County Extension office at 319-472-4739.

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