Registration is still open for the Midwest Dairy Herd Health Conference, Nov. 13-14 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Eau Claire. The conference is designed for dairy farmers interested in improving the health of their cows and features a slate of nationally known educators and a tour of Five Star Dairy LLC in Elk Mound. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Dairy Team and the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) sponsor the program. Interested participants should register by Oct. 30.
Speakers will discuss health issues such as hoof health, molds and mycotoxins in corn silage and high moisture corn, emerging mastitis threats, biological threats, vaccines and synchronization protocols, and feed delivery and bunk management aspects of herds on total mixed rations.
A special Biosafety Forum Wed., Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. will focus on causes of disease, prevention principles, and a Johne”s Disease update.
A panel of dairy producers will discuss milking procedures and protocols. Panelists include Brode Hamilton of NorSwiss Farms, Inc. in Rice Lake, Doug and Toni Knoepke of More-To-Do Farm in Durand, and, Brad Afdahl of Afdahl Registered Holsteins in New Richmond.
Participants may tour Five Star Dairy LLC in Elk Mound. The tour of the 850-cow dairy includes a demonstration of ultrasound for reproductive examinations. The Five Star Dairy is owned by Lee and Jim Jensen of Jensen”s Partnership, Loren and Diane Hanson of Maple Leaf Acres, Inc., and Jean Amundson of JIT Amund Dairy. The dairy uses a double 16 parallel DeLeval parlor, with a single eight special needs parlor for fresh and treated cows. There is a six-row freestall barn for the milking herd and a five row freestall barn.
There is no fee or registration to attend the Biosafety Forum. The registration fee for the two-day conference, all materials, breaks, lunch and banquet is $130. The fee for the conference and farm tour is $140. To register, send a check payable to UW-Madison to CALS Outreach Services, 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706. For registration information, call (608) 263-1672.
Conference attendees should arrange their own hotel accommodations and transportation to and from the tour farm. For information, contact your local UW-Extension agriculture agent, or call Matt Jorgensen at (715) 743-5121, or Paul Fricke at (608) 263-3308.