Dairy Health is Dairy Wealth!

Please join us at the 31st Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, where you can gather solutions relevant to current and emerging challenges of the dairy industry. The Seminar is being held March 5th through 8th at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta.

By recruiting speakers who are active practitioners and/or known authorities on their topic, we have assured that the Seminar will provide timely and relevant information.

The seminar will be preceded by a Pre-Conference Tour of three central Alberta dairy farms. Also being offered is a symposium for industry nutritionists on “Getting the most out of rations: Troubleshooting feed bunk management” and a workshop for producers being organized by the Dairy Research Cluster – “Handson assessment of dairy cattle welfare”.

Although the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is primarily an educational seminar for the dairy industry, we also host a trade show featuring 66 booths for sponsors to display their products. The result is an environment that facilitates interactions between the key players in the dairy farming community: farmers, industry professionals, service providers and academics, and thereby enhances networking, partnerships, and the core educational purpose.


Tuesday, March 5th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Tour

11:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop: “Hands-on assessment of dairy cattle welfare”

Facilitators: Karin Orsel, University of Calgary, and Ed Pajor, University of Calgary (Max 30)

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Symposium for Nutritionists

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 6th

Morning Plenary Session

Session I. Current and Future Challenges In Dairying

8:50 Defining the future of animal agriculture – Charlie Arnot, The Center for Food Integrity, MO

9:30 Finding the tools to achieve longevity in Canadian dairy cows – Blair Murray, OMAFRA

10:10 Nutrition Break

10:40 International Dairy Market prospects: promising future but ensure seat belts buckled and crash hats on! – David Hughes, Imperial College, London

11:20 Why science isn’t enough – what consumers need to trust dairy today – Charlie Arnot, The Center for Food Integrity, MO

12:00 Panel (all speakers)

12:20 Lunch

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session II. Reproduction

1:50 Linking reproduction and hoof health – Ronaldo Cerri, University of British Columbia

2:30 Impacts of dystocia on health and survival of dairy calves – Jason Lombard, USDA Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health

3:10 Nutrition Break

3:40 Using behavior to improve housing and management around the time of calving – Margit Bak Jensen,

4:20 New research on controlled breeding programs for dairy cattle – Marcos Colazo, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development

5:00 Panel (all speakers)

Session III. The Dairy Industry-Consumer Continuum

1:50 Influencing fluid milk sales with innovative product attributes – Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta

2:30 The Trans Pacific Partnership: implications for supply management and the Canadian dairy industry – Bruce Muirhead, University of Waterloo

3:10 Nutrition Break

3:40 Dairy farming and social media – Christina Crowley, Holstein Canada

4:20 Sharing the Canadian dairy farmer story with our consumers and elected officials – Wally Smith, Dairy Farmers of Canada

5:00 Panel (all speakers)

Evening Banquet: Don Bryan, ventriloquist – his fast paced, funny and completely customized presentations combine to delight the audiences. Defining the future of animal agriculture – Charlie Arnot, The Center for Food Integrity, MO

Thursday, March 7th

Morning Plenary Session

Session IV. New Approaches and Technologies in Dairying

8:30 New technologies in precision dairy management – Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

9:10 Application and cost-effectiveness of dairy genomics – Blair Murray, OMAFRA

9:50 Nutrition Break

10:20 Strategies for increasing on-farm profitability – Rebecca White, Pennsylvania State University

11:00 Group housing and milk feeding of dairy calves – Margit Bak Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

11:40 Panel (all speakers)

12:00 Lunch

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session V. Feeding and Forages

1:30 Impact of feeding management on cow behaviour, health, and productivity – Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

2:10 Nutritional management of milk fat – Adam Lock, Michigan State University

2:50 Nutrition break

3:20 How to get more from our conventional feeds: barley grain and barley silage – Masahito Oba, University of Alberta

4:00 High quality forages – how sweet should they be? – Robert Berthiaume, Valacta

4:40 Panel (all speakers)

Session VI. Digital Dermatitis and Lameness

1:30 Non-infectious lameness – Andre Desrochers, University of Montreal

2:10 Digital dermatitis: dynamics and management – Arturo Gomez Rivas, University of Wisconsin

2:50 Nutrition Break

3:20 Treatment strategies for digital dermatitis for the UK – Marijntje Speijers, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland

4:00 Decreasing lameness and increasing cow comfort on Alberta dairy farms – Laura Solano, University of Calgary

4:40 Panel (all speakers)

5:00 Reception (to be held after Sessions)

6:30 Student Research Presentations

Friday, March 8th

Morning Plenary Session

Session VII. Dairy Health and Productivity

8:30 Performance on dairy farms – findings from NAHMS studies – Jason Lombard, USDA

9:10 Lessons learned from the Norwegian mastitis control program – Olav Østerås, TINE Norwegian Dairies SA / Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

9:50 Nutrition Break

10:20 Using physiological markers to detect health and production problems in transition dairy cows – Julie Huzzey, University of British Columbia

11:00 Practical methods for mastitis control – Christina Petersson-Wolfe, Virginia Tech

11:40 Panel (all speakers)

12:00 Closing

REGISTRATION – Single registration is $300 Canadian (including GST). Register online, fax or mail (download a PDF of the registration form at http://www.wcds.ca).

Also see the wcds site for accommodations information.

Copies of the Proceedings can be ordered from the WCDS office for $25 for hard copy and $15 for CD (includes GST).

For more info contact Joanne Morrison, Conference Coordinator,

wcds@ualberta.ca, 780-492-3236 or visit http://www.wcds.ca.

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