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Iowa Dairy Experts at the Annual Midwest Conference
May 25, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach offers sessions at 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference in Dubuque.

Dairy nutritionists, industry professionals, veterinarians and producers will hear the latest research of issues concerning the dairy industry, including feed management and behavior at the 2015 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, June 10 and 11. The conference, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in collaboration with University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension will be held at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

“Iowa’s dairy producers and consultants will benefit by attending this year’s conference,” said Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Both feed and forage nutritional information and behavioral studies of cows should give participants a seasonal advantage for reducing stress this summer,” said Tranel.

Among the many national speakers presenting at the annual conference this year, three are Iowans: Dr. Jan Shearer, veterinarian specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will speak on Euthanasia of cattle: Are you doing it correctly?; Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will present the Dollars and Sense of Organic Dairying; and Lee Pattison, a Garnavillo, Iowa dairy producer, will explain how he uses rumination and activity for herd management of his 700-cow dairy operation.

The primary focuses for this conference are dairy nutrition and management. “Extension specialists and faculty from the four universities planning this event have a reputation for delivering programs that are relevant to industry needs,” said Tranel who supports dairy producers in southeast and central Iowa.

A pre-conference symposium sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, will feature presentations on advances in animal health and immunity, effectiveness of practical transition interventions and using probiotics in feed to promote gut health.

For a conference agenda and speaker’s list or to register online, go to the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association’s website here  or download and mail the four-state brochure mail-in form. Early conference registration by May 31, is $150. Late registration fee is $175. No mail-in or online registrations will be accepted after June 2; a table will be available for walk-in registrations at the conference. For registration questions, call the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association at 608-223-1111.

The annual conference is sponsored by Extension dairy teams from Iowa State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as platinum sponsor Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition and co-sponsors Alltech, Inc., of Ames, Iowa, and Dairyland Laboratories, Inc., of Arcadia, Wis.


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