Animal Care Resources

Animal Care Wednesday Webinars

When: First Wednesday of the month (unless on or near a holiday) at 11:00 am CST

Who: Extension/4-H personnel and livestock professionals in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Wyoming, and South Dakota

Purpose: Provide a brief snapshot of an Animal Welfare/Care topic, and how Extension personnel can use the information in their jobs to educate themselves, answer client and youth questions, or to strengthen programming.

Meeting layout: 15-20 minutes of presentation (limit to one concept), 10-15 minutes Q&A and/or discussion – total meeting: approximately 30 minutes.

To join the webinars: Click on To join from a mobile device or call in via phone, please contact for instructions.

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ACWW Schedule

Webinars start at 11:00 CT using Zoom
4-Jan VFD tips & documentation – show animals Bernie O’Rourke & Rob Eirich
1-Feb Antibiotic resistance & stewardship Dr. Mike Apley
1-Mar Poultry nutrition basics maximizing welfare & economics Brett Kreifels
5-Apr 2017 Ag law/policy updates Dave Aiken
3-May Cattle transportation basics & preparing for emergencies Lisa Pederson
7-Jun Equine nutrition basics maximizing welfare & economics Bob Coleman
5-Jul Ruminant nutrition basics for maximizing welfare and economics Alfredo DiCostanzo
2-Aug Rabbit nutrition basics maximizing welfare & economics Mike Avesing
6-Sep Dairy cow housing - animal welfare and handling options for high performance Jim Salfer
4-Oct Considerations when remodeling barns. Kevin Janni
1-Nov On-farm assessments – are you meeting packer & consumer expectations? Rob Eirich & Doug Bear
ACWW Committee Members

MemberJob TitleSchoolPhoneEmail
Mike Anderson 4-H Youth Program Specialist Iowa State University Extension 515-294-8617 (office)
Heidi Carroll Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate South Dakota State University 605-688-6623 (office)
Kellie Chichester Extension Educator –Ag Systems University of Wyoming Extension 307-721-2571 (office)
Kim Clark Extension Educator – Dairy University of Nebraska Extension 402-472-6065 (office)
Rob Eirich Director of Beef Quality Assurance University of Nebraska Extension 308-635-1230 (office)
Amie Schleicher Livestock Specialist – Atchison County University of Missouri Extension 660-744-6231 (office)
Wednesday Webinar Recordings


The following Animal Care Resources were developed and compiled by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach faculty and staff.

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General Animal Care

Current Animal Welfare Issue Responses

  • 11/02/11 -- Newsletter discussing Nebraska Farmers Union - HSUS joint venture and Nebraska Rural Poll animal welfare findings
  • 10/12/11 -- Newsletter discussing the impact of the 2010 Missouri vote on the HSUS puppy mill proposal, and how that outcome affects the animal welfare political dynamics in Nebraska
  • 01/05/11 -- Newsletter describing Ohio compromise legislation where Ohio officials agreed to compromise farm animal housing restrictions to
    avoid Humane Society of the US ballot contest
  • 10/07/09 -- Ohio Ballot Issue Two creating the Ohio Livestock Board
  • 09/02/09 -- Newsletter describing California's Proposition Two, which established housing requirements for laying hens, swine gestation crates, and veal calf crates

Good Management Practices for Youth and Resources for Animal Care for Youth


  • BVDV (Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus) -- Why Is It Important? A Guide to Cattle Producers and Youth Raising 4-H/FFA Beef Projects

Dairy Cattle



Animal Welfare Conference Videos
May 25-26, 2011