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before - Valacta
Benefit from the knowledge
o f in d u s tr y experts
Authors
Steve Adam, agr., Valacta
Dr Jean Durocher, MV, Valacta
René Roy, agr., Valacta
Jean Brisson, agr., Valacta
Why should
I go to this
training
session?
m To improve my quality of life
m To discover where I can
save time
m To decrease the culling rate
of my herd
m To decrease the mortality
rate of my herd
m To learn the right number
of heifers to raise
m To learn the cost or
raising heifers
m To learn about new
technologies
m To learn about trends
(comfort, feed, behavior)
m To better plan calving
m To have a genetic
improvement strategy
m To detect the signs of illness
m To improve my expertise
in raising heifers.
Experts in the videos
Health
Dr Gilles Fecteau, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
of University of Montreal
Dr Lisiane Poulin, Veterinary Clinic of Saint-Georges
Dr Nicole Ruest, Veterinary Clinic of Center of Quebec
Dr Yves Caron, Veterinary Clinic of Saint-Tite
Dr Paul Baillargeon, Pfizer Animal Health
Dr Jean Baril, Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada
Dr Guy Boisclair, Merck Animal Health
Dr Josée Kessler, Veterinary Clinic, Saint-Louis
Pra cti ca l Tra inin g
2 0 1 1 •2 0 1 2
The rearing of replacement heifers
We’ll tell you the real story,
it’s our mission.
Genetics and market
Guillaume Ménard, agr., CIAQ
Paul Thibodeau, CIAQ
Mario Séguin, agr., CIAQ
Stéphane Tardif, Holstein Québec
Producers
Ferme Claude & Raymond Boulais, Sabrevois
Normand Brunette, Ferme Norline, Saint-Eugène, Ontario
Diane Sabourin & Jacques Séguin, Ferme Séguin et frères,
Sainte-Justine-de-Newton
Thanks to Nathalie Rondeau, Valacta advisor
and Sébastien Roy, Farm Manager at the
Maskita Farm, ITA of Saint-Hyacinthe
Schedule: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost of training: regular price $140. Ask for the Special
Producers Rebate, thanks to various provincial programs.
To attend, please
call your Valacta
technician or call
1 800 266-5248
1.800.BON.LAIT
www.valacta.com
Partners of the Training sessions
Thanks to the CIAQ for its collaboration
WHAT TO DO
TWO
before
!!
See our
calendar on
our web site
Rearing of
replacement
heifers
Before
Conception
Heifers are the future of a dairy farm. They
carry with them all the genetic potential of the
herd, the milk production and financial success
of the farm’s next few years. To maximize the
performance of these future cows, it is better
to treat them with kid gloves in their first
hours of life and even before!
• Replacement
Objectives
• Replacement
Planning
• Labour
Efficiency
• Replacement
Costs
• Replacement
Alternatives
• Managing
Surplus
What to do before two focuses on all practices
of livestock management impacting the quality
of life of a heifer, and the quality of life of
the producer.
The ultimate goal: to raise healthy heifers for
a first calving at the age of 2 and to have an
optimal and sustainable dairy production.
At Calving
• Mortality
• Monitoring
Calving
• Calving
Interventions
• Caring for
the Newborn
• Colostrum
Day 1 to
Weaning
Growth and
Pregnancy
• Biosecurity
• Watching for
Signs of Illness
• Digestion
Physiology
• Daily Gain
• Milk
• Group Housing
• Vaccination
• Feeding
• Monitoring Growth
• Breeding
• Housing
• Handling
: Expert video testimony
An overview of the topics to be discussed.
***
Drawing
of a $800
Vacation Package
***
All participants will receive a coupon for the
drawing plus a coupon for a punctuality prize
(one per session) and 500 points from the
Pfizer Animal Health Loyalty Program.

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