• DCHA 2019 Annual Conference

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    Name: DCHA 2019 Annual Conference
    Date: April 9, 2019 - April 11, 2019
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:
    Joining forces. Reaching higher.
    Join fellow producers and industry experts to reach higher in your operation.

    For a complete agenda with times, click here .

    The Madison Marriott West is almost full. For alternative hotel accomidations, please call Comfort Suites Madison West and mention Dairy Calf & Heifer Association.

    Comfort Suites Madison West
    1253 John Q Hammons Rd
    Madison, WI 53717
    They also provide complimentary shuttle service from the airport and to the Madison Marriott West if requested, based on availability. Please schedule ahead of time.

    The conference will offer:

    Keynote speaker, Keith Poulsen, will address, "A Growth Mindset on the Ranch Encompasses More Than the Health of the Calves"

    In our general sessions:
    • Robert Hagevoort will speak about the "Best Management Practices for Milk and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance."  
    • Jennifer Van Os will discuss "Welfare of Dairy Calves and Heifers: Relevance to the Animal, the Producer and the Consumer."

    Unmatched breakout sessions include:
    • Increasing Your Operation's Positive Impact on the Environment - Dennis Frame, Timber Ridge Consulting
    • The Business of Dairy Heifers; Quality, Labor, Cost, Risk Management - Jason Karszes, Cornell University
    • Dairy Workforce Training - Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University
    • Calf Scours on a Timeline - Not All Cases are Infectious - Keith Poulsen, WI Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory Director
    • Dry Period Heat Stress: Effects on Dam and Daughter - Geoffrey Dahl, University of Florida
    • Nutritional Regulation of Gut Function: From Colostrum to Weaning -Michael Steele, University of Guelph, Ontario
    • Thinking Outside the Bottle, Alternative Milk Sources for Calves - Panel
    • Offensive Game Plans to Help Prevent Disease Outbreaks - Panel
    • Xs and Os of Custom Heifer Raising: Contracts, Economics and Customer Relations - Panel
    Industry Tours Tuesday, April 9:
    • ABS Global - visitors will learn about biosecurity practices and tour a state-of-the-art calf facility where the company houses its young bulls.
    • Crave Brothers Dairy Farm - along with touring the all-in, all-out calf nursery barns, visitors will see their milking facility, cattle barns and manure digester.
    Pre-Conference Seminars, Tuesday April 9:​
    • "The Use of Colostrum to Support Health Post Day One," sponsored by SCCL
    • "Managing Fly Control for Growth and Health," sponsored by Champion Animal Health
    ​Post-Conference Seminars, Thursday April 11:
    Get up close to see:
    • Deep nasopharyngeal swab performed by Don Sockett    
    • Lung ultrasound performed by Theresa Ollivett
    Tour STgenetics genomic testing facility

    When signing up for post-conference seminars, PLEASE NOTE, you are signing up to attend the procedures with Don Sockett and Theresa Ollivett from 2:00-4:00 or from 4:00 to 6:00, and touring STgenetics during the other time slot.

    For example, if you sign up for the 2:00-4:00 procedures, you will tour STgenetics from 4:00-6:00.

    ARPAS Credit
    The conference has been pre-approved by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for 16 ARPAS CEUs. Participants should request credits for this event at arpas.org.
    The conference will be held at:
    Madison Marriott West
    1313 John Q Hammons Dr
    Middleton, WI 53562

    Date/Time Information:
    April 9-11, 2019
    Contact Information:
    • Full conference primary registration ($395)
    • Full conference additional registrant(s) ($295)
    • Tuesday conference registration ($100)
    • Wednesday conference registration ($250)
    • Thursday conference registration ($250)
    • Full conference primary registrant ($645)
    • Full conference additional registrant(s) ($545)
    • Tuesday conference registration ($200)
    • Wednesday conference registration ($350)
    • Thursday conference registration ($350)
    Farm and Industry Tours-Tuesday - an additional $75 fee
    Post-Conference Session & Tour-Thursday - an additional $50 fee

    Students - Please email sue@calfandheifer.org to get registered at a discounted rate.

    Cancellations received by Friday, March 15 are refundable in full. Request for cancellation must be sent via email to: sue@calfandheifer.org. After March 15, cancellations are subject to a fee equal to 50% of the booked conference registration. Please note: If you do not cancel and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. Substitutions may be made at any time.
    Recording videos at our event is strictly prohibited, unless prior approval from DCHA staff is obtained.
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