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National Experts to Speak at 4-State Dairy Conference in Dubuque in June

4/22/2009

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Timely topics to improve dairy producer profitability will highlight the 2009 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference June 10 and 11 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dr. John Fetrow, University of Minnesota, will present a research update from the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine that will include discussion of Johnes, Ketosis, Colostrum, and Mastitis. Dr. Jan Shearer, Iowa State University, will discuss Maximizing Comfort for Uncomfortable Cows. Dr. Nigel Cook will address Health Aspects of Cow Comfort. Dr. Joe Harner, Kansas State University, will visit the Cross Ventilated Dairy Barns--Are They Comfortable? question. Dr Noah Litherland will discuss Moderate Energy Diets and Forage Options for Dry Cows. Other topics include transition and fresh cow management, health aspects of cow comfort, new concepts in heat stress and the latest research on nitrogen loses affected by feeding systems.

The seminar starts at 8 a.m. on June 10 with a morning pre-conference symposium sponsored by Diamond V Technologies. The symposium will include Barry Bradford, Kansas State University, covering sources of yeast and factors influencing yeast viability. Other topics include hot feeding strategies to maximize milk yield, dealing with issues of risk (is there more to it than the average) and questions one needs to know about meta analysis. The second day breakfast and speaker are being sponsored by Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition. Joe Harrison will present research on DCAD balancing for lactating cows.

Following the 12:15 p.m. adjournment on June 11, participants can stay and attend one of four in-depth workshops from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The four topics include analyzing dairy farm profits, transition cow housing design, building dairy rations and new technologies for on-farm trouble shooting. During these “hands-on” workshops, producers will get individualized help on such tasks as farm analysis software, ration building and on-farm design and trouble shooting. These workshops are offered for an additional fee of $50 per person.

The conference is presented by Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension with the assistance of sponsors from businesses and organizations that support the dairy industry.

To register on-line or for a downloadable brochure go to http://www.wasa.org/  or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, (608) 223-1111, or Dale Thoreson, (319) 267-2707, dthores@iastate.edu

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Contacts :

Dale Thoreson, ISU Extension field specialist, (319) 267-2707, dthores@iastate.edu  

Del Marks, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu