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Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2018 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference. It will be held on June 13 and 14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will feature using new low lignin forages, fatty acids and better ration predictions to improve cow performace and health.

Alltech’s pre-conference symposium will focus on how herd’s can achieve their genetic potential. Alltech’s Roger Scalitti will cover ways to capture your herds potential followed by Alltech’s Alexandra Weaver discussing how mycotoxins can impact lifetime performance of dairy animals. Sam Leadly, Attica Veterinary Associates calf specialist will discuss implementing the 5 C’s of calf management. Fine tuning your dairy farm for greater efficiency and profits will also be discussed.

Four State conference speakers include Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, discussing how they are discovering ways to improve prediction of metabolizable protein. Ev Thomas, retired Miner Institute Agronomist, will talk about BMR corn silage and low lignin alfalfa. Jim Barmore, GPS consultant, and Brian Forrest, Maple Ridge Dairy, will discuss how farms are achieving high production using low lignin forages.

Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how herds are producing more milk with more high quality forages. John Goeser, Rock River labs will help make sense of all the fiber digestion metrics to build better diets. Michigan State Universities Adam Lock will talk about how different fatty acid combinations affect cow performance and metabolism.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Beyond IgG: Components of colostrum as metabolic modifiers
  • Alfalfa vs Alfalfa Grass: Obstacles and opportunities
  • Feeding practices of to U.S. Jersey herds
  • Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve profitability
  • New information to better manage transition cows
  • Feeding and management on robotic dairies
  • Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digesitibility
  • Successfully supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows
  • Cost of rasing calves in individual or automated feeding systems

The Canola Council of Canada’s post-conference symposium includes Ken Kalscheur, US Dairy Forage Resarch Center, and Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin PhD candidate discussing their research on using canola meal in early lactation cows and in ration formulations. Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services, talking about getting canola meal values right in ration formulation and Marty Faldet, GPS consulting on evaluating feeding finacials.

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

For more information and to register, visit http://z.umn.edu/4state or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.