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.
Farm and Industry Tours-Tuesday - an additional $75 fee Post-Conference Session & Tour-Thursday - an additional $50 fee
Students - Please email firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com. 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.