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Beef Calving Essentials webinar series offered

First session is planned Monday evening.

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SLAYTON — University of Minnesota Extension will host a six-part webinar series on beef calving essentials during February. The Zoom meetings will be presented from 8 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25.

The series will focus on different considerations to prepare for calving in beef cattle operations. Farmers, 4-H’ers, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and those interested in beef cows are invited to attend.

Individual session topics are as follows:

Feb. 8: Calving kits: What tools you need to have on hand to be prepared for calving.

Feb. 11: Calving record keeping: Compare different record keeping systems, what to record, why it’s important, animal identification and what to record within 24 hours of birth.

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Feb. 15: Calving barn preparation and sanitation: Concrete vs. soil, bedding options and differences on calving timing.

Feb. 18: Calving trouble, when to intervene: Recognizing the signs of dystocia, how to help and tools to have on hand.

Feb. 22: Helping newborn calves: Colostrum needs, teaching calves to nurse and the grafting process.

Feb. 25: Management of calf scours.

Pre-registration is required at z.umn.edu/CalvingSeries by 5 p.m. the day before each event. You will receive a Zoom link after registration closes. You only have to register once and you will be registered for all subsequent webinars. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, you will receive the recordings for all the sessions via email at the end of the series. Contact Brenda Miller at nels4220@umn.edu with any questions.

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