Thursday, October 6, 1:00 p.m.
“Baby Calf Nutrition: Getting Your Future Off to a Good Start”
Dr. James Drackley, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sponsored by: APC, Inc.
Proper nutrition during the first few weeks of life is essential to keep a newborn calf healthy and growing. Recent evidence indicates that complete nutrition is a critical determinant of future milk production, and possibly longevity in the herd, making the first two weeks of life critical for future herd performance. Managing the transition from milk to solid feeds is a second critical point in the animal’s life. Dr. James Drackley will provide background information and practical guidelines for managing these important phases of heifer rearing. Drackley is professor of Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his tenure, his research has been focused on nutrition and metabolism of dairy cows during the transition from dry period to lactation, fat feeding and metabolism, and aspects of calf nutrition and management. Drackley has published extensively and received numerous professional awards.
Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.
“Managing Your Margins: Practical Ways to Reduce Feed Costs and Increase Milk Price”
Dr. Normand St-Pierre, Professor, The Ohio State University
Sponsored by: BASF Plant Science
Feeding the dairy herd and replacements is the single most expensive part of any dairy operation. Corn and soybean prices, along with milk prices, continue to fluctuate, making it difficult to manage price margins. There are strategies and tactics that can help your bottom line through good and bad times, other than finding cheaper corn. Dr. Normand St-Pierre will outline ways producers can improve the margin between milk income and total herd feed costs without even using futures markets. St-Pierre is professor of Animal Sciences at the Ohio State University. He is currently conducting research and extension programs in the areas of dairy farm management, information processing, decision support systems and nutritional economics and optimization. St-Pierre has published over 300 articles in various publications and has received numerous awards for his research and extension work.
Friday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
“Improve Your SCC, 400K Beat It!”
Dr. Ynte Hein Schukken, Professor and Director Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell University
Sponsored by: Aspen Dairy Solutions