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Course Description

Certificate of Achievement (Section 001) – Managing Dairy Milking Systems and Housing Facilities (September – December 2017). Full course, assessments included.    

Recognition of Participation (Section 002)– This option allows individuals to register to attend all Discussion Workshops including selected labs or a Farm to register for one seat and send employees to the appropriate topics for the individual employee. (Note the farm purchase option is for 1 seat, only 1 person can attend each session) 

Join Nicolas Roy for an in-depth examination of the management of the milking system and evaluate current and future options in milking systems technology. Participants will also examine current and future options for housing and equipment, and analyze the ability of those options to meet the financial, environmental, and animal welfare goals of the operation. Tours and field trips give the students an opportunity to view a variety of housing and milking systems. Some of the tours or field trips may be conducted outside scheduled class time.

Register for the full certificate or for all discussions and some practical workshops. Discussion workshops are conducted in-class, through a combination of presentation, interaction, and case study review. Practical workshops are conducted in the Dal-AC facilities or on commercial farms, and involve demonstrations, hands-on activities and field tours.

Course Outline

1 September 5, 2017 Barn Layout & Design
1 September 7, 2017 Micro Budgets: Goals with Economics
2 September 12, 2017 Measuring The Barn Environment - Air, Light, Water, & Sound Quality
2 September 14, 2017 Lab - On Assessing Performance with Reports - KPI's
3 September 19, 2017 Bedding & Manure Systems
3 September 21, 2017 Lab - On Measuring Air, Light, Water, & Sound
4 September 26, 2017 Cow Signals - Cow's Time Budget & How It Affects Performance
4 September 28, 2017 Farm Tour - Truro (Cow Signals)
5 October 3, 2017 Milking & Feed - Automation & Robotics
5 October 5, 2017 Barn Design & Milking System Options
6 October 10, 2017 Milk Quality, System Washes
6 October 12, 2017 Mastitis - Valacta & NS Lab - Getting Familier with Reports
7 October 17, 2017 DHI - Valacta Advisor Presentation
7 October 19, 2017 Lab - On Finding Info in the Cow Card
8 October 24, 2017 Operation & Maintenance of the Milking System
8 October 26, 2017 Lab -On Managing Automation With Reports
October 28, 2017 Farm Tour - Annapolis Valley (Dairy Facilities)
9 October 31, 2017 Milking Procedures & the 9 Steps to Milk Let-Down(4PM)
9 November 2, 2017 Lab - On PM, Equipment Attach, & Cow Milk Out
November 7, 2017 Study Week
November 9, 2017 Study Week
10 November 14, 2017 TBD
10 November 16, 2017 Managing Cows with Herd Management Software
11 November 21, 2017 Calf & Heifer & Dry Cow Facilities
11 November 23, 2017 Farm Tour - Calf Housing or Different Feeding Systems
12 November 28, 2017 Project Presentations
12 November 30, 2017 Lab - Is My Milk Tainted?
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