Automated Calf Feeders: What Veterinarians Need to Know (1877)
Food Animal/Equine |  Bovine
Saturday |  8:00 AM -  8:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||206B



Donald Sockett DVM, PhD, MS
Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Donald C. Sockett DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM is a Veterinary Microbiologist/Epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL), University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is recognized internationally for his work on infectious diseases of livestock, particularly dairy cattle. At the WVDL, he is responsible for diagnostic cases that are submitted to the laboratory by practicing veterinarians and livestock producers. He also does outreach education. Don spends a great deal of time showing veterinarians how to do cleaning and sanitation audits in livestock and poultry operations plus discussing the importance of water quality as well.<br><br>Don is a native of Southern Ontario, Canada and holds degrees from the University of Guelph, Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He came to the WVDL in 1995 after spending four years in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Animal Health. He was the ruminant species epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.<br><br>Don has worked with farmers and veterinarians in both the United States, Mexico and Canada. He is involved in regional, national and international veterinary associations and has authored over 250 articles in lay and professional journals. He is married and has one son. His hobbies include gardening, reading books and the sport of curling. His son Riley is an avid equestrian having won a world championship riding his American Saddlebred horse in Louisville, Kentucky.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Automated calf feeders are widely used in the U.S. and their popularity is growing rapidly. Attendees will be provided with information on how to trouble shoot potential problems with automated calf feeders.

Learning Objectives

1. The benefits of automated calf feeders will be explained.

2. Typical problems that emerge when calves are fed in groups will be discussed