Are you organizing a symposium, a seminar or any other kind of training session and looking for dairy production experts as speakers? 

Valacta has a team of multi-disciplinary experts at your service whose job it is to centralize, promote and disseminate cutting edge knowledge and expertise in the dairy sector.

Cow and Heifer Feeding and Management
Dairy Herd Reproduction and Health
Organic Dairy Production
​Technology and Economics
Milk Quality
Dairy Goat Production

Cow and Heifer Feed Management

From One Lactation to the Next: Ensuring a Successful Lactation (1 h)

The dry period is the pivotal period that occurs between two lactations. It can have a direct impact on both the subsequent lactation and on a cow’s longevity in the herd. What is the  best way to dry off our cows? How long should they be dry?  How should these animals be housed? How should we feed them? How many groups? Finding the right answers to all these questions may increase your chances for success… and your profits.

Short Dry Period (35 min)

Is the recommended 60-day dry period still relevant? What about the rumour that a 35-day dry period may be better for today's cows? And if it really works, which cows would benefit most? This conference presents the results of a two-year study that was conducted on 13 farms in the Eastern Townships to evaluate the effects of a short dry period on  production, health, metabolism, reproduction and the economics.

Feeding Dairy Heifers (1 h)

Are your replacement animals getting enough milk and concentrates? This is the key to good growth, good health and higher profits. It cannot be said often enough: if you want healthy heifers that calve at 24 months at their optimal weight, you need to feed your replacement animals properly as they grow. There are no savings to be had by cutting back on heifer feed if their growth is compromised. In order to meet their nutritional requirements, heifers need sufficient good quality feed adapted to their growth stage: that means colostrum for newborns and feeding milk and concentrates for calves!

Effect of Feeds on Milk Composition and Quality (1 h)

Producing milk that meets market requirements enables dairy producers to maximize their income. It is therefore important to have some control over the factors that affect milk composition. This conference examines the nutrition and feed management factors that influence milk component production and make it possible to produce good quality milk beyond the main components.

Transition Feeding (1 h)

The dry period is the pivotal period that occurs between two lactations. It can have a direct impact on both the subsequent lactation and on a cow’s longevity in the herd. What is the  best way to dry off our cows? How long should they be dry?  How should these animals be housed? How should we feed them? How many groups? Finding the right answers to all these questions may increase your chances for success… and your profits.

Simple Feeds: Review and Update (1 h)

With the increasing size of dairy herds, using simple ingredients directly on the farm has some advantages. Considering the options objectively requires a minimum level of knowledge about the commercial feeds available. This conference provides basic information about most of the simple feeds available on the market.

Forage Operations: From Harvest to Cow
(1.5-3 h)

Quebec has tremendous forage production potential. Harvest conditions are not always ideal, however, and preservation can often affected by this. This conference explores some of the avenues that improve our chances of feeding good quality forages to our cows: drying process, sugar content of plants, harvest operation, etc.

A Strategic Herd Replacement Plan (2 h)

Culling is an inevitable part of dairy farming. Raising replacement animals, accounts for nearly 20% of milk production costs, and sometimes more.  This conference provides a  strategic approach to help you maximize the benefits of this process. Topics explored are heifer raising costs, age at calving, reasons for culling and culling management.

Feeding Strategies for Poor Quality Forages and Expensive Concentrates (1.5 h)

Dairy producers are often confronted with unfavourable conditions. Poor weather conditions at harvest mean forage quality is not always up to scratch. The input market has definitely been more volatile since 2006. This conference proposes strategies to lessen the impact of adverse conditions on farming operations.

No Profits Without Herd Management (1 h)

How do you distinguish the effects of genetics and management on milk quality (SCC), milk yield, herd replacement, age at first calving, and lifetime profit? This conference identifies management strategies to help capitalize on the genetic potential of our herds.

Feed Costs: We Do Have Some Control! (1 h)

This conference focuses on the cost of concentrates for cows and offers possible solutions (forage quality, intake, choice of ingredients, additives and specialized products, and management factors). Opportunities for increasing farm income are also explored.

Using By-Products (1 h)

Dairy Herd Reproduction and Health

The Knowledge to Influence Reproduction: A Dairy Industry Partnership (1 h)

This presentation presents the different stages in the execution of a partnership project for dairy producers.

Get a Handle on Breeding: Heat Detection or a Synchronization Program? (1 h)

This presentation deals with the factors that influenced the quality of heat detection in Quebec at the end of this first decade of the 2000s. The advantages and limitations of heat detection and estrus synchronization protocols are presented so that producers can put together their own strategies based on their farm's organizational goals.

Voluntary Waiting Period: Lets Talk About It (1 h)

This presentation focuses on the physiological factors connected with the required minimum waiting period and the economic factors pertaining to effective reproduction management that influence the optimal waiting period.

Good Conformation Means Good Health (1 h)

This presentation examines the relationship between health and conformation in dairy cows.

Technology and Economics

Cost of Concentrates (2 h)

Feeding costs, including forages and concentrates, represent a significant portion of the overall cost of milk production. The cost of concentrates varies widely among farms. It is important to understand the reasons for these differences in order to obtain results consistent with expectations. This conference presents various ways to maintain firm control over concentrate costs and, ultimately, maximize the feed margin.

Cost of Machinery Use and Farm Machinery Cooperatives (1 h)

Learn how to calculate the cost of using machinery and how it affects production costs. This conference also explores various ways to minimize costs.

Cost of Storing Forages Under Plastic Film (45 min)

This conference presents the different methods for storing forages under plastic film. Costs related to filling, storage and feed-out are compared for different methods using plastic film as well as dry hay in small rectangular bales and silage in tower silos.

Custom Raising Replacement Heifers (45 min)

This conference focuses on heifer rearing costs and how they are shared between the feeder and the owner. The responsibilities of each party and the content of agreements that should be signed by the two parties are also presented.

Forage Milk and Production Costs (1 h)

This conference covers the economic advantages of forage milk, the technical aspects affecting yield, and the impact of forage production costs on dairy farm income.

Longevity and Profitability (45 min)

This conference focuses on the advantages of a longer productive live for cows. The calculation of “profit per day of life” is used to show how rearing costs and cull rate affect a farm’s economic performance.

Milk Production Planning: There’s Big Money Involved! (45 min)

This conference covers various aspects of milk production planning: the need for it, the cost of a lack of planning, a calculation method, a strategy for action, and a service offer.

Are You Ready for a Farm Transfer? (45 min)

This conference examines the impact of technical and economic performance on farm succession viability. Debt load and labour efficiency are also covered.

Expansion Changes the World: Are You Ready? (1 h)

This conference focuses on planning an expansion project: key actions, importance of human aspects, conducting a human and organizational diagnosis, assessing a project from many angles, establishing an action plan, follow-up, and evaluation.

Organic Dairy Production

Certification Standards for Organic Dairy Production (1.5 h)

What are the basic principles of organic farming? How does the organic certification system work? What are the standards for dairy production? The answers to these questions will give participants an overview of organic agriculture and, more specifically, of herd management in the context of organic dairy production.

Intensive Grazing Management for Organic Dairy Cattle (1.5 h)

Who can benefit from intensive grazing management? What are the advantages of intensive grazing? How can pastures be improved through management practices? Successful intensive grazing management requires knowledge of the method’s basic principles. The main topics dealt with in this conference are pasture composition, parasite management, grazing behaviour of cattle, paddock design, grazing requirements, and complementary feeding in the barn.

Converting a Dairy Farm to Organic Production (2 h)

Choosing to make the transition to organic farming involves many changes in farm management. This conference describes the various steps to follow to ensure a successful transition and presents the techniques required to develop preventative management practices in the different sectors of agriculture: soil, crops and livestock.

Milk Quality

Sanitation and Milk Quality

Let’s Talk About SCC

A VMEM Visit to the Farm (dairy cow or goat version)

Dairy Goat Production

Milking and Milk Quality Management in Goat Production (4 h)

This conference is aimed at dairy goat producers or industry professionals concerned with optimizing milk quality and herd performance. The main points covered are milk quality indicators, milking characteristics of goats, somatic cells and mastitis, as well as the assessment of key risk factors (milking method, dry off, environmental conditions, etc.).

Dairy Goat Feeding

Consulting Services for Goat Production – Adapted to Your Needs

Quebec Dairy Goat Research

When 20 Herd Diagnoses Speak, What Do They Say?

Controlling Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis: Possible or Not? The case of CRSAD.