Raising healthy calves and heifers requires passion and skill. The “Sky’s the Limit” at this year’s Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) annual conference, set for April 11-13 in Madison, Wis.
Here are 5 reasons why you should attend:
- Get answers to the tough questions. The importance of sharing your story and talking with consumers continues to grow. In telling your story, you can be faced with some tough questions. Learn how to handle the challenging questions by hearing from a panelist of dairy stakeholders and presentations highlighting animal welfare, with a specific focus on young calves.
- Find new ways to motivate your team. Whether you’re trying to improve performance or working with your team to follow proper protocols, being able to motivate your employees is an instrumental skillset. Gain insight on creating a positive work environment and develop teamwork.
- Learn from your peers. We can all learn a lot from one another if we take the time to listen to each other. Through session questions, panel discussions, farm tours and the trade show, you’ll have countless opportunities to learn from your peers.
- Remember the mature heifers. It can be easy for older heifers to fall off the radar. Do you take the time to sit back and evaluate your heifer program? Hear about new strategies to get heifers pregnant, keep them growing and start returning on the investment sooner.
- Look to the future. The future of your herd begins with getting newborn calves off to a healthy, growing start. Learn how nutrition and housing could be impacting the health of calves.
Last year’s DCHA conference drew more than 500 dairy calf and heifer raisers from 27 states and 10 countries, representing more than 1 million cattle.
The conference has been pre-approved by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) for up to nine continuing education units. Participants should request credits for this event at arpas.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make plans to attend
To register and for a full conference schedule with session descriptions, visit calfandheifer.org.
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (www.calfandheifer.org) was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.