Organic Dairy Healthcare

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Event Date
September 09, 2016

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms.

Learn the basics of healthcare management for organic dairy herds, including both preventive health measures and methods allowed in organic production to treat sick animals. This webinar is ideal for those interested in transitioning to organic or current organic dairy producers looking to improve their healthcare practices.

Dairy producers interested in transitioning to organic often wonder how they will treat their sick animals. This webinar will provide an overview of the health management principles for organic dairy herds, and will also detail specific preventive and curative healthcare practices allowed by the USDA National Organic Program. Dr. Guy Jodarski, supervising veterinarian for Organic Valley, will share his expertise gained from working as a veterinarian for nearly 30 years. Then, hear the practitioners’ perspective on organic herd health from CCOF-certified dairy farmer Shane Radelfinger. Time will be reserved for questions from webinar participants.

Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

About Our Speakers

Guy Jodarski, DVM is based in Neillsville, Wisconsin, and serves as the supervising veterinarian for CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley. He works in organic and sustainable livestock practice with an emphasis in dairy cattle herd health. Dr. Jodarski has been in practice for 29 years. He enjoys teaching how to keep cattle, swine, and poultry healthy without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and chemicals. Dr. Jodarski serves on the Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the National Mastitis Council.

Shane Radelfinger and his wife Kristina run Radelfinger Dairy in Humboldt County, California, where they milk over 220 organic Jerseys. Radelfinger was introduced to dairy farming through a colleague while working in the rodeo. The Radelfingers leased their first farm in Tillamook, Oregon, then transitioned to their current location in Ferndale, California, over 10 years ago. Their operation has been certified organic since 2006. Radelfinger studied Agribusiness at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

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