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Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 

This year's Planning Committee has lined up three pre-conference sessions with real-life application that you will be able to easily implement once back at work. Pre-conference seminars have limited enrollment and require an additional registration fee.

 

Taking an Active Role in Lameness in your Dairy Herds
8:30am-5:00pm (7.5 CE hours)
Limited Space: 50 participants
Cost: Early registration (thru April 7) $195; Regular registration (beginning April 8) $245

Coordinator: Dr. Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota
Instructors: Dr. Nigel Cook, University of Wisconsin

In this one-day interactive case-based workshop you will be given the opportunity to work through specific examples that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become actively involved in a dairy’s foot health team. Topics discussed will include: treatment protocols, assessing hoof trimming methods, hoof trimming records, detecting and monitoring lameness, footbath protocols and the link between cow comfort and lameness. You will have the chance to send workshop facilitators specific herd level cases you are working with and some of these cases will be discussed during the workshop. Come prepared to learn and discuss how to help your clients address this manageable disease.

Evaluation of Reproductive Performance Using DC305
8:30am-12:00pm (3.5 CE hours)
Limited Space: 50 participants
Cost: Early registration (thru April 7) $120; Regular registration (beginning April 8) $170

 

Instructors: Dr. Ricardo Chebel, University of Minnesota

This pre-conference seminar is aimed at providing experienced users of DC305 with new tools to evaluate reproductive problems in herds. Several examples of herds will be used to demonstrate new commands that may be created to evaluate important reproductive parameters. We will also "revisit" some of the important aspects of reproductive management of lactating dairy cows and heifers and discuss expected pitfalls and outcomes of different strategies. This discussion will include new data regarding the use of pedometers/activity monitors for diagnosis of heat.

 

Labor Challenges in the Dairy Industry: A Case of Cultural Log
1:00pm -5:00PM (4 CE hours)
Limited Space: 50 participants
Cost: Early registration (thru April 7) $120; Regular registration (beginning April 8) $170

Instructors: Ronald Erskine, Michigan State University
Ruben O. Martinez, Michigan State University
Philip Durst, Michigan State University
Stanley Moore, Michigan State University

This pre-conference workshop will present an overview of current trends in the dairy industry regarding labor, and the challenges that dairy producers, veterinarians, and employees face among these changes. You will be provided with information from two separate USDA-supported studies that have increased understanding of communication and attitude barriers between dairy farm managers and employees. In particular, employee training and education relative to milk quality will be presented as a potential model for opportunities to improve employee engagement.

 

 


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