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Four State Dairy Conference Present Research

05 May 2010

US - The latest findings in dairy research will be presented at the 2010 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 9-10 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

This conference, a collaboration of Extension professionals from Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin, was developed to provide timely research information for dairy industry professionals.

"This event draws in a variety of speakers who will address topics ranging from improving TMR consistency to benchmarking feed costs," said Mike Hutjens, U of I Extension dairy specialist.

This year's conference topics and speakers include:

  • Feeding economics — Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois;
  • Dairy economics panel featuring consultants Gary Siporski and Jim Barmore, veterinarian Ed Kreykes, and dairy producer Doug Scheider;
  • Improving transition cow performance — Mike Overton, University of Georgia;
  • Trouble shooting silage problems — Bill Mahanna, Pioneer
  • Chemistry of high moisture corn — Pat Hoffman, University of Wisconsin;
  • Improving starch digestibility — Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin;
  • Calf liquid programme feeding with new antibiotic regulations — Noah Litherland, University of Minnesota Extension.

The conference starts at 8 am on June 9 with a morning pre-conference symposium sponsored by Virtus Nutrition. The symposium topics include compatibility between dairy efficiency and carbon footprints. Speakers include Jude Capper of Washington State University, Mike Overton of the University of Georgia, Bill Thatcher of the University of Florida, and Tom Jenkins of Clemson University.

The conference fee is $135 before May 28, and $160 after May 28. Registration includes conference proceedings, listed meals and refreshments.

To register online or obtain a downloadable brochure, go to www.wasa.org or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association at 608-223-1111. For more information, contact Mike Hutjens at [email protected] or 217-333-2928.

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