Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Webinar Features GI Tract Health - Cowsmo

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Webinar Features GI Tract Health

“Intestinal Barrier Dysfunction in Cattle: Causes and Consequences” headlines the next Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) webinar. Sara Kvidera, an Elanco Animal Health dairy technical consultant, will lead the free, one-hour DCHA webinar that starts at 2 p.m. Central time (Chicago time) on May 19.

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards approved this webinar for one RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) credit. Contact JoDee Sattler ([email protected]) for more information regarding RACE credits available through DCHA.

Passionate about promoting gastrointestinal (GI) tract health at every stage in a calf’s growth and development, Kvidera will address the question, “Can ‘leaky gut’ explain suboptimal production, which is frequently observed in animal agriculture?” Additionally, she will unpack research case studies and share highlights and insights purposed to supply producers and nutritionists with effective target mitigation strategies to prevent systemic inflammation and support wellness.

Key objectives for the DCHA webinar include:

  • Explore topics in cattle GI/immune system health
  • Identify the causes and consequences of intestinal dysfunction in ruminants, and how these factors affect health and potential growth in youngstock
  • Implement research-backed mitigation strategies to prevent infections and leverage feed additives that maximize GI tract health in cattle

Kvidera grew up on a row-crop and beef cow-calf farm in Traer, Iowa. She attended Kansas State University for her bachelor’s degree in animal science, where she also ran track and worked in a research lab. She completed a PhD in nutritional science – studying under Lance Baumgard at Iowa State University in 2017. Kvidera has studied and published in areas related to dairy cow metabolism, heat stress, inflammation and gut health. She has worked as a technical consultant in the industry since 2017 and joined Elanco Animal Health in April of 2021.

To register for the webinar, go HERE and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate.

This webinar is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association does not support one product or company over another, and any mention is not an endorsement by DCHA.

If you are a DCHA member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar through DCHA’s online Member Center after June 2. To access the webinar, DCHA members need to visit HERE and enter their username and password.

For more information about DCHA’s webinars, e-mail Sue Schatz, DCHA member services director, at: [email protected]. Follow DCHA on social media or visit the DCHA website to learn about future webinars.

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

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