UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — How do you use the data from your monthly dairy test day records? Do you need help interpreting it? Or, do you wonder if you’re analyzing it properly?
Penn State Extension is offering a webinar series in March that will teach dairy producers, herd managers, and their consultants how to analyze their test day records to make optimal use of the data they yield.
The four-part webinar series, Penn State Dairy Data Analysis Tools: Doing More with Test Day Records, will show participants how they can use customized online spreadsheets to assess their monthly dairy test day records in four areas: culling, somatic cell count, fat-to-protein ratio and milk yield.
“Analyzing monthly test day records graphically and dynamically may aid in determining which cows or groups of animals are not performing to their optimal potential,” explains Robert Goodling, Penn State Extension educator and instructor of the webinar.
Participants can select to attend all or any combination of the following sessions:
March 2: Culling Analysis
March 9: Somatic Cell Analysis
March 23: Fat-to-Protein Ratio Analysis
March 30: Milk Yield Analysis
Each session is offered from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern time. The fee is $20 per session or $50 to attend all four. Following the series, participants may request access to online one-on-one consulting with the instructor to engage in specific trouble-shooting.
Advance registration is required no later than noon the day preceding the session(s) you wish to attend. To register, contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team at 888-373-7232 or register online at www.extension.psu.edu. Click on the “dairy” link to find a list of Penn State Extension Dairy Team programs.
Participants must have a high-speed Internet connection to access the online training site.