Early registration deadline for the 32nd Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is February 10th, 2014

Please join us at the 32nd Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, where you can gather the latest information in dairy production and technology advances. This seminar is designed for people who want to improve their knowledge and decision-making abilities in dairy production and management. Dairy producers, extension specialists, researchers, and dairy service and supply representatives will find this seminar extremely valuable. Each year a wide variety of topics are presented ranging from nutrition and reproduction to dairy policy and challenges facing the dairy industry.

The dairy industry looks to this seminar for solutions to emerging issues, and for information about recent research results. The design of the conference is such that timely and relevant issues are the focus of the presentations. In addition to the formal program, there is ample opportunity for one-on-one discussions between the speakers and participants.

The organizers of the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar are proud to serve the dairy industry and look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

To qualify for the ADVANCE REGISTRATION RATE, the full registration fee must be post-marked no later than February 10th, 2014. The early registration fee is $250 Canadian (including GST) per person. After February 10th, single registration will be $300 Canadian (including GST).

Registration can be done by:
• On-line Registration
• Fax (780-492-5771). Download a PDF of the registration form
• Mailing the registration form to:
Western Canadian Dairy Seminar
Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2P5 Canada

Payment is to be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to the “Western Canadian Dairy Seminar”.

Notification of withdrawal must be received prior to February 25th, 2014 to receive a refund. The registration fees will be refunded minus a $50 administration fee.

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

For further info contact:
Joanne Morrison, Conference Coordinator
Email: wcds@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-3236
Fax: 780-492-5771

The 32nd Western Canadian Dairy Seminar will be held at:
Sheraton Red Deer
3310 – 50th Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada T4N 3X9
Phone: (403) 346-2091
Fax: (403) 346-4790
Reservations: 1-800-662-7197
Or email reservations@sheratonreddeer.com

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar registration fee does not include accommodation costs.

Sheraton Red Deer is holding a block of rooms for the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar at the conference rates below until February 8, 2014 (the hotel will continue to accept reservations as long as space is available).

Please state that you are attending the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar when making hotel reservations.

Reservations: (403) 346-209 or 1-800-662-7197
Or email reservations@sheratonreddeer.com

The following room rates apply plus applicable taxes:

Room Type           Single     Double Triple Quad
Traditional King  $154.00   $154.00   $174.00   $194.00
Deluxe 2 Queen   $154.00   $154.00   $174.00   $194.00
Club 2 Queen       $179.00   $179.00   $199.00   $219.00
Corner Suite        $199.00   $199.00   $199.00   $199.00
VP Suite 2 bdrm $349.00   $349.00  $349.00   $349.00


“Strategies to Optimize Performance”

Tuesday, March 11th

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

This tour will visit three local dairy farms with the focus on progressive, innovative dairy managers.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Symposium for Nutritionists: “Nutritional management of the dairy replacement heifer from birth to calving”. Facilitator: Robert Corbett, Dairy Health Consultation (Max 50)

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop for Producers: “Mastitis pathogens and prevention”, Facilitators: Herman Barkema, University of Calgary; Jean-Philippe Roy, University of Montréal: Ruth Zadoks, University of Glasgow (Max 30)

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration

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


Wednesday, March 12th

Morning Plenary Session

Session I. Efficiency from Cow to Farm

8:50 How high feed efficiency reduces the environmental impact of the dairy – Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis

9:30 Feeding and breeding for a more efficient cow – Mike Vandehaar, Michigan State University

10:10 Nutrition Break

10:40 Can genomics be used to improve feed efficiency? – Diane Spurlock, Iowa State University

11:20 Strategies to improve economic efficiency of the dairy – Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin

12:00 Panel (all speakers)

12:20 Lunch

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session II. Dairy Herd Health

1:50 Biosecurity in the dairy herd – Dick Sibley, West Ridge Veterinary Practice, UK

2:30 Lameness, hoof and leg issues in dairy cows – Ernest Hovingh, Pennsylvania State University

3:10 Nutrition Break

3:40 Understanding the sources, transmission routes, and prognoses for mastitis pathogens – Ruth Zadoks, University of Glasgow

4:20 How to decrease the use of antibiotics in udder health management – Jean-Philippe Roy, University of Montréal

5:00 Panel (all speakers)
Session III. The Pre-Weaned Calf

1:50 Cow factors that influence colostrum quality – Fiona Maunsell, University of Florida

2:30 Effects of maternal nutrition on calf health and growth – Jon Schoonmaker, Purdue University

3:10 Nutrition Break

3:40 Colostrum management and factors related to poor calf immunity – Lorraine Doepel, University of Calgary

4:20 Effective forage and starter feeding strategies for preweaned calves – Alex Bach, Institute for Research and Technology in Agrifood (IRTA), Spain

5:00 Panel (all speakers)

Evening Banquet: Atomic Improv is a two man Improv show that has been wowing audiences all over the world with their high energy, fast paced and funny shows.
Thursday, March 13th

Morning Plenary Session

Session IV. Nutrition to Optimize Performance and Economic Returns

8:30 Reducing feed costs while optimizing productivity – Barry Robinson, Great Northern Livestock Consulting Ltd.

9:10 Precision feeding to increase feed efficiency for milk production – Alex Bach, IRTA Spain

9:50 Nutrition Break

10:20 Silage inoculants – are they worth the money? – Tim McAllister, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

11:00 Reducing phosphorus levels in dairy cow diets – Joe Harrison, Washington State University (Paper written by Conrad Ferris, AFBI (Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute), Northern Ireland)

11:40 Panel (all speakers)

12:00 Lunch
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session V. Breeding and Reproduction

1:30 Crossbreeding in dairy cattle: pros and cons – Frank Buckley, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Ireland (Paper written by Conrad Ferris, AFBI (Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute), Northern Ireland)

2:10 Genetic selection of cattle for improved immunity and health – Bonnie Mallard, University of Guelph

2:50 Nutrition break

3:20 Reproductive management with limited hormonal intervention – Jeff Stevenson, Kansas State University

4:00 Strategic interventions for reproductive management – Stephen LeBlanc, University of Guelph

4:40 Panel (all speakers)
Session VI. The People Side of Dairying

1:30 Worker training and education to improve cattle welfare – Franklyn Garry, Colorado State University

2:10 Enhancing employee supervision skills – Chuck Schwartau, University of Minnesota

2:50 Nutrition Break

3:20 Using Standard Operating Procedures to Improve Employee and Cow Productivity – Fiona Maunsell, University of Florida

4:00 An advisory team approach to your farm management – Lisa Holden, Pennsylvania State University

4:40 Panel (all speakers)

5:00 Reception (to be held after Sessions)

6:30 Student Research Presentations


Friday, March 14th

Morning Plenary Session

Session VII. Disease Issues and Management

8:30 Vaccinating dry cows and calves: with what, when and is it effective at protecting the calf? – Amelia Woolums, University of Georgia

9:10 Why cows die on dairies – Franklyn Garry, Colorado State University

9:50 Nutrition Break

10:20 High risk cows in high risk places – Dick Sibley, West Ridge Veterinary Practice, UK

11:00 Buyer Beware – Emerging Diseases Coming to Canadian Dairy Farms – Dave Kelton, University of Guelph

12:00 Panel (all speakers) Closing
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