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Cooling Dry Cows: Impacts on the Cow and the Calf
Whereas the beneficial effects of cooling cows during lactation are clear, less work has been done to examine the impact of dry cow cooling on subsequent performance and health, and on the developing fetus. This presentation will explore the recent work related to late gestation cooling on milk yield, metabolism, and immune status in the cow, and also reviews the effects of in utero heat stress on the heifer calf. Finally, the economic implications of heat stress in the dry period will be explored.

Feb 12, 2021 11:00 AM in Vancouver

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Dr. Geoff Dahl
Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences @University of Florida
Geoffrey E. Dahl is the Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He previously served as Chair of the Department for 12 years, serving as liaison between the university, livestock producers, and allied industries in Florida. Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on dairy production. Specific research interests include effects of photoperiod manipulation on production and health, the impact of frequent milking in early lactation on milk production, and heat stress abatement during the dry period on cow productivity and health. Those research efforts are disseminated through his Extension programming in the US and abroad. Indeed, Dr. Dahl has been invited to present his research findings in 20 countries and Geoff has active Extension program efforts in a variety of developing countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Dr. Dahl has authored over 138 peer-reviewed papers and nume