Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

The 2016 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Seminar will be held on June 15-16 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA. The final brochure of the program including a registration form can be downloaded here. I will be presenting on Thursday morning.

This program is a collaborative effort of Cooperative Extension members from Iowa State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.

2016 Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Program

I will be speaking at the 2016 Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference in Dubuque, IA this year on Thursday morning, June 16. The 2016 conference runs from June 15-16 and includes both pre-conference and Post-conference symposia this year. You can download an overview of Four State Program by clicking on the embedded link. The program is sponsored by the Four-State Dairy Extension group including members from Iowa State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Registration brochures will be sent in April.

Blood and milk PAG testing for pregnancy

An article I wrote entitled “Timing is Everything in Pregnancy Diagnosis” has been published in the October 25, 2015 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman. The article describes results from a recent research trial in which we assessed factors affecting levels of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in blood and milk during early pregnancy and their implications for nonpregnancy diagnosis in dairy cows.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Meeting

I had the opportunity to address the dairy practitioners attending the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual meeting in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, September 19. The title of my talk was: “Double Vision: Management of Twinning in Dairy Cows.” I have uploaded a draft of my proceedings paper as well as a pdf of my slides under the Extension tab on this site. Let me know what you think!

Zoetis Dairy Symposium, Grand Rapids, MI

 

 

I had the opportunity to address a group of dairy farmers and veterinarians in Grand Rapids, MI today. My first talk was entitled: “New Technologies for Managing Reproduction in Dairy Cows” in which I discussed our recent data on heat detection systems and blood and milk pregnancy tests. My second talk was entitled: “30 – 30: How to Achieve a 30 Percent Pregnancy Rate in a 30,000 lb. Dairy Herd” in which I discussed recent data on using fertility programs to in lactating dairy cows.

Zoetis Grand Rapids meeting 2015

UW Extension Transition Cow Meetings in Trempealeau and Jackson Counties

Steve Okonek from Trempealeau County UWEX and Trisha Wagner from Jackson County UWEX hosted a Transition Cow meeting in Blair, WI for dairy farmers. I presented a talk on the effects of body condition score change and mastitis during the postfresh period on reproductive performance, Dr. Gary Oetzel from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine spoke on monitoring and treating ketosis during the postfresh period, and Dr. Dave Kammel from UW-Madison spoke on housing strategies for transition cows. An evening meeting will be held in Hixton, WI for dairy professionals and veterinarians. The group in attendance at the meeting in Blair is pictured below.

Blair UWEX Transition Cow Meeting

Hoard’s Dairyman summary of my breakout session at the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

Hoard’s Dairyman summarized my breakout session on blood and milk pregnancy tests for dairy cows at the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management meeting in Dubuque last week. A paper that accompanied a version of this talk that I presented at the Western Dairy Management conference is posted under the Meetings Proceedings section of my web site here.