Dairy calf and heifer raisers from across the United States and abroad will gather for three dynamic days of learning and fellowship at the 2017 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association conference, planned for April 11-13, 2017 in Madison, Wis.
Themed "Sky's the Limit," the conference promises to offer unmatched networking opportunities and highlight the latest practices, technology and research in the dairy calf and heifer industry.
Participants will have the opportunity to view the practices and facilities of two highly innovative calf and heifer operations during a pre-conference farm tour on April 11. The tour will visit Endres Jazzy Jerseys near Lodi, Wis.; and Ziegler Dairy Farm at Middleton, Wis. On-farm demonstration stations will be included on the tour.
A host of engaging speakers and stakeholder panels will fill the conference schedule on April 12 and 13. Included on the roster are:
- "7-Star Leadership: turn every employee into a fan," by Ruby Newell-Legner, 7-Star Service
- "Nutritional strategies to improve the health of pre-weaned calves and growing heifers," by Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University
- "Group housing for preweaned dairy calves: the do's and don'ts," by Donald Sockett, University of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
- "Rethinking colostrum: it's more than just IgG," by Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
- "Animal welfare issues: present and future," by Marina von Keyserlingk, University of British Columbia
- "New reproductive strategies and economic outcomes for dairy heifers," by Joe Dalton, University of Idaho
A post-conference wet lab demonstration at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will round out the schedule on the afternoon of April 13. This hands-on learning session has been a popular offering in past years.
The conference also will feature a trade show featuring allied industry sponsors, with ample time in the schedule to visit with trade show exhibitors and network with fellow calf and heifer growers.