2022 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

The 2022 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held as an in-person meeting at The Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa this year! You can find the program here and the online registration here.

Come learn the latest dairy information at the 2022 Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 1 and 2 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

RP Nutrient’s pre-conference symposium focuses on uncovering profit opportunities. Anita Menconi, Evonik, will provide an overview and outlook of the global dairy nutrition industry. Jesse Goff, Iowa State University, will cover common pitfalls when feeding a low DCAD diet. Milk Money CEO Jay Joy will discuss how to develop your business by developing your people and Mark Hanigan, Virginia Tech, will show how to balance for amino acids using the NASEM 2021 model.

Four State conference speakers include Tom Overton, Cornell University, discussing how to feed fresh cows for improved health and performance. Jim Drackley, University of Illinois, will be talking about rethinking the transition period and Heather White, University of Wisconsin will explain about using short term choline supplementation to provide long term benefits.

June 2 speakers include Mary Beth Hall, USDA Forage Research Center providing a NASEM carbohydrate requirement update. Lance Bauguard, Iowa State University, will discuss how transition cow myths can influence the interpretation of a nutritionist’s success. Gavin Staley, Diamond V will cover why heifer maturity matters.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Relationship between transition cow nutrition and management strategies and outcomes
  • Utilizing alternative feeds for profit and sustainability
  • Why productive life matters
  • Dry off inflammation and transition cow performance
  • Alternative forages for dry cows
  • Modifying milk components

Zinpro’s post-conference symposium includes Jeff Firkins, Ohio State University talking about the role of essential isoacids to improve rumen function. Andrew LePiere will discuss quantifying and modeling branch chain VFA in CNCPS. Dana Tomlinson will discuss how essential isoacids can improve dairy profitability.

The trade show, evening receptions and time to network is included. Continuing education credits are available. This is a collaborative effort of Extension Services of Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin.

For more information and to register, visit http://fourstatedairy.org/ or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 20 and $175 after that.

2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference is now a virtual conference

The 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference normally held in Dubuque, Iowa is now a virtual conference to be delivered on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Adisseo is sponsoring the pre-conference symposium on amino acid balancing, and highlights of the general conference include improving herd health and maximizing profit from bull calves. I will be presenting a breakout session on optimizing fertility of lactating dairy cows using sexed semen. You can register for the virtual conference online at the Four-State web site, and you can click on this link to download a copy of the 2020 Four State Program.

UW-Extension Dairy Deproduction Workshops

Optimizing fertility on dairy farms is necessary and challenging on today’s dairy farms. UW-Extension invites dairy farmers and their veterinarians to learn about fertility improvement opportunities. Dairy Reproduction Strategies Workshops will be held at three locations; contact the county Extension office for specific details including registration fees. RSVP by March 23 for each location.

• March 31, Abbotsford City Hall, Abbotsford, Extension Marathon County, 715-261-1230
• April 1, CVTC West Campus, Eau Claire, Extension Eau Claire County, 715-839-4712
• April 2, Westby VFW, Westby, Extension Vernon County at 608-637-5276

March 25th Dairy Reproduction Revolution Seminar

Dairy farmers, herd managers, veterinarians, artificial insemination technicians, and others are encouraged to attend a Dairy Reproduction Revolution Seminar on Wednesday, March 25th at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, located at 7001 Gass Lake Road, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Dr. Fricke will discuss how the High Fertility Cycle coupled with the dramatic increases in reproductive performance due to the development and adoption of fertility programs is a new paradigm that can now be used to explain much of the variation in reproductive performance among herds.