The Healthy Calf Podcast series is designed to help Ontario dairy and veal producers make informed decisions about youngstock health and welfare, with a focus on taking a more proactive approach to reduce disease and improve performance.

Anyone involved in calf care is likely familiar with identifying and treating common calfhood diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory disease, but how many are monitoring umbilical health? Umbilical infections can occur quite commonly in young calves and the effect if left untreated can be significant. Learn more about umbilical health in calves with Dr. Dave Renaud, a veterinarian and researcher from the Ontario Veterinary College. Listen as he discusses what we know and what research is currently being conducted on the topic in this Podcast.

Dave Renaud is an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph and consultant at ACER Consulting. His research focus is on identifying factors associated with calf health, specifically in the veal sector, and identifying technology that will lead to improved detection of disease in dairy calves. He also works on identifying alternative management strategies to reduce the level of antimicrobial use in calves. Dave is a practicing veterinarian working with dairy and veal producers around the Guelph area. He focuses on preventative medicine to improve the health and welfare of dairy cows and calves.