The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation organizes a fall dairy trip annually; this trip offers dairy producers the chance to visit dairies of varying size, management, and equipment. This year the tour features Sheeknoll Farms, New Sweden Dairy, Bonnie Mohr Studio and Glenmark Genetics, Riverview, LLP, and Redhead Creamery and Jer-Lindy Farms. The tour dates are November 9-10th. Read more about Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation Fall Dairy Tour
CALMAR, Iowa – Register today for the Midwest Dairy Day, “Maximizing Production with Improved Reproduction” held on December 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, IA 52132. This program will provide you with more in-depth information on improving milk production through a variety of practical reproductive programs and metabolic management.
This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, and Northeast Iowa Community College. Dairy producers, students, and industry members are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science at University of Wisconsin - Madison will begin the day with the latest research focusing on developing and improving methods for reproductive management. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to maximize reproductive efficiency of high producing dairy herds by applying knowledge gained through basic scientific research to develop practical management programs and technologies. Following lunch, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Senior Clinician, Dr. Pat Gorden, will discuss the role of a cow’s metabolic health and the impact on reproduction. Dr. Gorden’s work focuses on the applied dairy knowledge of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine. The day will conclude with a panel of dairy producers sharing and answering questions about their successful reproductive management programs.
This program will be free of charge, generously supported by local businesses. Please call NICC 800-728-2256 Ext. 399 to register by Wednesday, November 22nd or register at More information available at http://iowadairycenter.com/midwest_dairy_day.php Read more about Midwest Dairy Day
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
The conference will be held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, (563)-690-4500.
A block of rooms have been reserved at these area facilities.
Grand Harbor Resort
350 Bell St., Dubuque, IA
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
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
Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University
Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin
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.
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.
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.