• DCHA 2019 Annual Conference

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    Name: DCHA 2019 Annual Conference
    Date: April 9, 2019 - April 11, 2019
    Registration: Register Now
    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 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
    • Lessons Learned From a Disease Outbreak - 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 hands on experience doing:
    • Deep nasopharyngeal swab performed by Don Sockett    
    • Lung ultrasound performed by Theresa Ollivett
    Tour STgenetics genomic testing facility
    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.
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