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2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management topics to improve cow performance, and foot and cow health.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The program starts on June 14 with the Quality Liquid Feeds pre-conference symposium. Dave Barbano from Cornell University will cover how short chain fatty acid content affects milk fat and protein yield. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University will discuss the effect of leaky gut on transition cow health and using chromium propionate as a mitigation strategy. Other topics include how supplementing methionine during the transition period can enhance  health, milk yield and reproduction and final topic is feeding and managing herds for 100 lbs of milk per cow per day.

Four State conference speakers include Richard Erdman, University of Maryland, discussing DCAD for lactating cows. Paul Kononoff, University of Nebraska, will talk about the importance of water quality in dairy production. Bill Weiss, Ohio State Univesity, will show his latest research on using TMR sampling to trouble shoot herds.  Nigel Cook, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how to prevent lamness in dairy herds and new ways to effectively ventilate dairy barns. Karl Burgi, Dairyland Hoof Care Institue will explain the fundamentals for good hoof health. Pamela Ruegg will share the results of a survey on bedding choice, udder health and production on Wisconsin farms.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Are all clays equal? Clay utilization in dairy cow diets.
  • Amino acids; Roles beyond being the precursers for protein synthesis.
  • Feeding strategies and returns for robotic milking systems.
  • Mycotoxins in dairy cattle; Who, What and Why.
  • Producing more milk using more high quality forages.
  • Feeding and management on top producing herds in Minnesota.
  • Feeding to minimize lameness.
  • Can we feed by-products with confidence?
  • Incorporating pen and feed variation into diet formulation.

Post-conference symposium sponsored by Mycogen seeds will include Barry Bradford, Kansas State, discussing uNDF and the synchrony of intake, rumen health and microbial production. Greg Roth, Penn State, talking about silage hybrid selection and Kathleen Emery, Mycogen seeds, discussing using CornPicker to economically evaluate silage hybrids.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. ARPAS and veterinary CEU credits are available (contact your state veterinary certifying agency).

For more information and to register, visit http://z.umn.edu/4state or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.

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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 17

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.

To help identify those issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU Sociologist Dr. Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

“These surveys should tie together the needs of each - employers and employees - and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.”

The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Employer Track

The employer track registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County.

In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/nwiadairyoutlook/. Once completed, email the survey to fredhall@iastate.edu.

Employee Track

The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 17. The evening will start with a light dinner, and the program will start at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare.

All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed.

Pre-Registration

Neither the employee or employer program has a registration fee, but pre-registration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided.

Pre-registration can be made by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or emailing fredhall@iastate.edu. Questions and/or more information can also be requested by calling or emailing Hall.

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Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help host the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference on June 21 in Dubuque.corn silage conference

The conference will feature presentations from both academic and industry experts who will speak on a wide variety of topics related to growing and using quality silage. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Hugo Ramirez, Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke will present during the course of the day-long conference.

Online registration is available for the conference. Cost for the event is $50 if registering prior to midnight on June 14, and $75 after that date. Registration includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

The conference begins on June 21 with check-in and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., followed by the welcome at 9:30 a.m. It will take place at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center (3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque).

Group sessions will cover quality corn silage before, during and after harvest, characteristics of corn varieties for silage, molds and mycotoxins in silage and pricing corn silage. There will be concurrent sessions in the afternoon, with participants being able to choose between four distinct 30-minute conversations.

The conference will conclude with presentations on machinery efficiency and corn silage safety before adjourning at 3:30 p.m.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions contact Program Services at 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

 

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Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2019 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 12 and 13 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will feature information on dealing with today’s economic environment and the newest research to improve profit.

Elanco animal health’s pre-conference symposium will focus on uncovering profit opportunities. Adam Moeser, Michigan State University will cover how stress impacts gut health in calves. Elanco‘s Dr. Mike Overton will talk about replacement heifers. How many, what kind and how do we manage them for profit. Dr. Michelle Calvo-Lorenze will be discussing how we can use welfare standards to improve profit. In addition, Dr. Mike Brouk, Kansas State, will help participants learn keys to maximize whole farm feed efficiency.

Four State conference speakers include Vita Plus’s Gary Sipiorski discussing how to survive in today’s economic situation. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois will talk about feeding strategies with low milk prices and Albert De Vries, University of Florida will talk about the economics of raising the right heifers. Farmer’s Terry Van Maanen and Hunter Haven farm will address how they have managed costs on their farms.

Alex Bach from Spain will discuss their research on rearing youngstock for maximum performance and health. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin, will cover management strategies in the era of high pregnancy rates and Rick Grant, Miner Institute will talk about their latest forage research.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Feeding for success: What cows need in their feeding environment.
  • Successfully transitioning the dry cow to the beginning of lactation.
  • Can negative DCAD diets improve reproduction?
  • Feeding high fiber forages for heifers.
  • Economics of cow longevity.
  • Transition diseases and culling: Is lower really better?
  • The ins and outs of behavior wellbeing of dairy cows?
  • Helping dairy farmers to manage stress
  • Beyond lysine and methionine: What have we learned about histidine?

Enogen feed’s post-conference symposium includes Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin talking about the latest research on Enogen corn silage and the tradeoff between corn silage quality and yield. Luiz Ferraretto, University of Florida will discuss new perspectives on fiber and starch digestibility of corn silage.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with over 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

For more information and to register, visit http://fourstatedairy.org/ or contact  Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.

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2nd Annual Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00am
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The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium will bring together industry leaders to discuss best recommended practices of dairy cattle welfare and their implementation with focus on public relations, community outreach, and interaction with animal rights advocacy groups. The roster of speakers includes several dairymen and dairy managers that will discuss routine welfare challenges observed in dairy operations. The symposium is targeted towards dairy producers, consultants, dairy industry reps, academia/Extension, and veterinarians.


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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
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Holstein


Wednesday, June 13, 2018


7:30 AM Registration


Alltech Pre-conference Symposium


Sponsored by Alltech

Achieving and ensuring a herd’s genetic potential


8:00 - 11:30 AM


Introduction, Dan Weiland and Brad Rortvedt


Strategies to capture your herd’s potential, Dr. Roger Scaletti, Alltech Mineral Management Technical Support


Mycotoxin impact on lifetime performance from fetus through freshening, Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Technical Support


The 5 C’s of calf management, Dr. Sam Leadley, Calf/heifer management specialist, Attica Veterinary Associates


Fine tuning your dairy for greater efficiency and profits, Thomas Lorensen and Jeff Johnson, Alltech On-Farm Support Specialists


11:30 AM - Lunch


4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference


General Session (Exhibit A)

Feeding management and behavior


1:30 - 2:10 PM

Improving the prediction of metabolizable protein supply through evaluation and application of intestinal protein digestibility, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University


2:10 - 2:50 PM

Low lignin forages: BMR corn & reduced-lignin alfalfa, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.


2:50 - 3:30 PM

Making low-lignin highly digestible forages work on the dairy, Jim Barmore, GPS Consulting and Brian Forrest, Farmer Maple Ridge Dairy, Stratford WI


3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break (Exhibit B)

Visit conference exhibitors


Breakout Session I


4 Topics 2x; 4:00 - 4:30 & 4:40 - 5:10 PM


Beyond IgG: components of colostrum as modifiers of metabolism and the immune system of the calf, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University


Alfalfa vs. alfalfa-grass: obstacles and opportunities, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.


Nutrition aspects during the transition period in dairy cows, Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois


Looking back to understand the present: monitoring the transition cow, Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota


Thursday, June 14


7:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
Sponsored by Papillion


General Session (Exhibit A)

Information for better decision making


8:30 - 9:10 AM

Producing more milk with more high-quality forages, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin


9:10 - 9:50 AM

Wrap your head around today's fiber digestion metrics: working to better understand feeds on farm and build better diets, Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Labs


9:50 - 10:30 AM

Impact of individual and combinations of supplemental fatty acids on dairy cow performance and metabolism, Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University


10:30 - 11:00 AM - Break

Visit conference exhibitors


Breakout Session II


6 Topics 2x; 11:00 - 11:30 & 11:35 - 12:05 PM


Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility in dairy cows, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin


Feeding practices in top U.S. Jersey herds, Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois


Supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows: which ones, when, and how much? Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University


Effect of manipulating progesterone before timed artificial insemination on double ovulation and twinning rates in high-producing Holstein cows, Dr. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin


(One-time) Feeding and management practices for robotic milking success, Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota


(One-time) Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve farm profitability, Dr. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota


12:00 PM - Conference concludes


Canola Council of Canada Post Conference Symposium


Sponsored by Canola Council of Canada


12:00 - 12:20 PM - Lunch for post conference attendees


12:20 - 12:30 PM

A snapshot of the canola industry in Canada, Brittany Dyck, Canola Council of Canada


12:30 - 12:50 PM

Canola meal, a proven advantage in various diet formulations, Dr. Kenneth Kalscheur, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center


12:50 - 1:10 PM

Canola meal for early lactation cows, Dr. Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison


1:10 - 1:30 PM

Getting canola meal values right in the formulation, Dr. Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services


1:30 - 2:00 PM

Evaluating feeding financials, Dr. Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC


Location


The conference will be held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, (563)-690-4500.


Lodging


A block of rooms have been reserved at these area facilities.


Grand Harbor Resort

350 Bell St., Dubuque, IA

(866)-690-4006


Single room rate $95 + taxes; double room rate $105 + taxes. Cut off date May 10. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.


This hotel will sell out, so register now.


Holiday Inn Dubuque

450 Main St., Dubuque, IA

9563)-556-2000


Room rate $95 + taxes for a single or double. Cut off date May 9. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.


Program information contacts


Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

(217)-300-2303
cardoso2@illinois.edu


Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University

(563)-583-6496
tranel@iastate.edu


Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

(320)-203-6093
salfe001@umn.edu


Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

(608)-263-3491
rdshaver@wisc.edu


Registration Information


Registration fee: $150 before June 1, $175 after June 1 and at the door


Includes: registration, conference proceedings, listed meals and breaks. Please advise us at the time of registration if you need special accommodations. Requests will be kept confidential.


Cancellations/refunds


To receive a full refund, you must contact the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association by June 1, 2018. After that date, a $25 cancellation fee will be charged. If you fail to cancel, no refund will be granted.


Registration questions, please contact WABA at 608-223-1111.


Register today!


Early registration fee by May 31: $150

Late registration fee: $175


After June 2, please bring your registration to the conference Walk-in Registration Table.


Register online

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