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Midwest Dairy Herd Health Conference Nov. 10-11

The 2004 Midwest Dairy Herd Health Conference will be Nov. 10-11, 2004, at the Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire, Wis.

“The goal of this conference is to provide current, research-based information to dairy producers and professionals that work with them,” stated Matt Jorgensen, Clark County UW-Extension dairy and livestock agent. “Producers will gain practical knowledge from the best of university research and the information presented at the conference can be utilized the same day to help producers be more profitable and efficient.”

Speakers will discuss issues such as on-farm pasteurization, custom calf rearing, vaccination programs, BST effects on reproduction, hemorrhagic bowel syndrome, animal handling, benchmarking high-producing herds, the role of fatty acids in reproduction, animal welfare audits, and costs associated with a bedded pack and hygiene of housing systems.

Organizers also plan two producer panels; one will discuss bedding issues and the other will review vaccination, animal handling and bunk management. An optional tour is planned for the 5-Star Dairy, operated by the Jansen families. The farm”s manure digester is one of the tour”s featured management innovations.
Conference speakers are university and industry experts on dairy-animal health, including Bob Kaiser, UW-Extension; Dr. Dave Rhoda, Evansville Vet Clinic; Dr. Gary Neubauer, Pfizer; Matt Jorgensen, UW-Extension; Dr. Bill Thatcher, University of Florida; Dr. Dick Wallace, University of Illinois; Dr. Paul Rapnicki, University of Minnesota; Dr. Dave Kammel, UW-Madison; and Dr. Larry Baumann, UW-River Falls.

The registration deadline is Nov. 3. The registration fee for the two-day conference, all materials, breaks, lunch, reception and breakfast is $150. The fee for both the conference and optional tour is $165. Late registration or on-site registration will be slightly more. Make checks payable to UW-Madison and mail or fax registration to CALS Conference Services, 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706, or fax to (608) 262-5088. For additional registration information, please call Paul Fricke at (608) 263-1672.

These rates do not include hotel accommodations. Participants should arrange accommodations directly with the Plaza Hotel & Suites by calling (715) 834-3181 or (800) 482-7829. Mention the Dairy Herd Health Conference to receive the special group rate.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Dairy Team and the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the UW-Madison, sponsor and help coordinate the conference. In addition, this year”s gold sponsors for the conference are Hoard”s Dairyman, Pfizer Animal Health, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and Alltech, Inc.-West. Silver sponsors are Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Group, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Monsanto Dairy, Varied Industries Corporation, West Central Soy, and Diamond V Mills, Inc. Bronze sponsors are Balchem Corp, Biomune, Elanco, Merial Ltd., and VDx, LLC.

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