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2021 PDPW Calf Connection® Workshops are RACE approved

October 12, 2021
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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2021 PDPW Calf Connection® Workshops are RACE approved
Three Sessions of One-Day Workshop to be held Oct. 26, 27, 28
DAIRY NEWS – Calf care managers, calf feeders and team members, along with nutritionists, veterinarians and industry professionals will gain new information and insights at the 2021 PDPW Calf Care Connection® Workshops presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW).  The workshops will be presented in English with simultaneous Spanish translation, and have been approved for continuing education (CE) credits for American Registry of Professional Scientists (ARPAS) members, Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credits, and Dairy AdvanCE (DACE) credits.

Leading experts will share how to make the most of data generated on farms, develop and troubleshoot protocols, and alleviate pain and stress for animals.  The health and wellbeing of dairy farmers and team members is also key, so the general session at each workshop will provide stress management recommendations and explore how compassion fatigue can impact personal health and work. 
Three repeating sessions of the workshop will be held, each starting with registration at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m., on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, LaSure’s Banquet Hall, Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Energy Education Center, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Thursday, Oct. 28, Southwest Technical College, Fennimore, Wis.
Workshop presenters include Monica Cramer McConkey, rural mental health specialist and owner of Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, LLC, Dr. Scott Earnest, DVM, livestock veterinarian and dairy consultant at Lodi Veterinary Care, and Dr. Scott Pertzborn, DVM, livestock veterinarian and owner at Lodi Veterinary Care.  Wisconsin dairy farmers and calf raisers Laura Raatz, Pam Selz-Pralle and Kathy Brown will participate in a producer panel discussion each day.
Each workshop will feature a general session presentation by Monica Cramer McConkey, two breakout sessions and one dairy producer panel:
  • Watch for that blind spot.  McConkey will provide tips to effectively manage stress and ensure that we are caring for ourselves so we can ensure the best care for our animals.
  • Opportunities for wet calves. Dr. Earnest will present a hands-on session to help troubleshoot your early calf care program, including working with refractometers, bacterial cultures, colostrum and serum samples and identifying practical solutions for problem areas.
  • It doesn’t have to hurt.  Dr. Pertzborn will lead discussion on pain alleviation options and ethics, humane euthanization and quality of life, and share strategies to help calves avoid pain and stress.
  • Record keeping panel discussion.  A dairy producer panel will share insights on the data they collect and how they determine which analytics are most valuable to their operations and decision making.
Learn more about Calf Care Connection and register your team by visiting or contacting PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #CCC2019 and #mypdpw on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

As mentioned earlier, Calf Care Connection is an accredited training and offers up to 4.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) for each day. To learn more or secure credits, visit Up to 3.0 CEU Credits are available to the American Registry of Professional Scientists (ARPAS) members, and up to 1.0 non-medical and 3.25 medical Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credits can be earned.  This program is also an approved Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) training.
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.