Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2018 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference June 13-14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
At this year’s conference, speakers will discuss using new low-lignin forages, fatty acids and better ration predictions to improve cow performance and health.
Alltech will offer a preconference symposium that will focus on achieving genetic potential in dairy herds, how mycotoxins can impact lifetime performance of dairy animals, and dairy calf management.
Four-State conference speakers include:
• Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, discussing how scientists are discovering ways to improve prediction of metabolizable protein
• Ev Thomas, retired Miner Institute agronomist, talking about brown midrib corn silage and low-lignin alfalfa
• Jim Barmore, GPS Consulting, and Brian Forrest, Maple Ridge Dairy, discussing how farms achieve high production using low-lignin forages
• Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, discussing how herds are producing more milk with more high-quality forages
• John Goeser, Rock River Labs, on how to make sense of fiber digestion metrics to build better diets
• Adam Lock, Michigan State University, talking about how different fatty acid combinations affect cow performance and metabolism.
Select breakout topics include:
• Beyond IgG: Components of colostrum as metabolic modifiers
• Alfalfa vs alfalfa grass: obstacles and opportunities
• Feeding practices of top U.S. Jersey herds
• Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve profitability
• New information to better manage transition cows
• Feeding and management on robotic dairies
• Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility
• Successfully supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows
• Cost of raising calves in individual or automated feeding systems
A postconference symposium offers by the Canola Council of Canada includes Ken Kalscheur, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, and Spencer Moore, a University of Wisconsin doctoral candidate, discussing their research on using canola meal in early lactation cows and in ration formulations; Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services, who will discuss getting canola meal values right in ration formulation; and Marty Faldet, GPS Consulting, who will evaluate feeding financials.
In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show, with 50 companies exhibiting their latest products. There are also evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.
The 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 the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference webpage; or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111; or contact Jim Salfer at [email protected] or 320-203-6093.
The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after that date.
Source: University of Minnesota Extension