The dairy industry is committed to producing safe, abundant and affordable milk and dairy beef of the highest quality. Healthy animals make for safe food, and disease prevention is the key to keeping cows healthy.
When dairy animals get sick and treatment is necessary, producers and veterinarians use drugs judiciously. Based on a 2005 University of Wisconsin study, 83 percent of antibiotic usage is associated with mastitis treatment. Several factors play into the choices an individual makes for mastitis treatment.
On March 5 and 6, the UW-Extension Fond du Lac, Sheboygan and Kewaunee counties will be hosting "Don't Pour Your Profits Down the Drain" milk quality seminar, to help producers enhance their milk quality and increase successful treatment outcomes for mastitis. Meeting dates and locations include: March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Chissy's in Waldo; March 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at UW-Extension Fond du Lac County in Fond du Lac; and March 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.
Featured presenters include: UW-Extension Milk Quality Specialist Pam Ruegg on "Should We Treat Them or Should We Eat Them"; and Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection District Veterinarian Ellen Hooker on "Drug Residue Déjà vu." An additional topic at the Fond du Lac and Kewaunee locations will include: "What Lies Beneath: The Underestimated Cost of Mastitis" presented by UW-Extension Dairy & Livestock Agents Tina Kohlman and Aerica Bjurstrom.
The program is open to any individuals with interest regarding milk quality. The fee for the program is $5 per person, which includes materials and lunch.
The mission of UW-Extension is to teach, learn and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4H and Youth Development, Family Living and Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development.
For more information regarding the program and/or to register, contact UW-Extension Sheboygan County at 920-459-5902; UW-Extension Fond du Lac County at 920-929-3171; or UW-Extension Kewaunee County at 920-388-7138.