· New Technologies to Improve Cattle Reproduction will be led by Paul Fricke, who will offer an overview of research assessing the value of new technologies that promise to improve reproduction in dairy cattle. Fricke is professor of dairy science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with research goals to improve efficiency of dairy cattle through applied scientific research.
· Make Mom Proud: Understand the Early Life Factors that Impact Long-term Productivity of Calves. Michael Van Amburgh will share the latest research about the powerful signals a dam sends to the calf through colostrum, and offer practical information that can lead to positive profitable results for dairy animals. Van Amburgh is associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University, where he has had dual appointments in teaching and research.
Fourteen specialty sessions and five keynote speakers will address the attendees, including an international panel of dairy producers. The conference theme is “RECHARGE,” which is fitting for this annual educational event, as it has become known as the place where dairy producers reconnect with industry friends, rethink ways to handle on-farm tasks and business challenges, and plug in to industry issues that require dairy producer leadership.
New this year, dairy consultants, crop consultants and veterinary professionals attending select sessions of the 2013 Business Conference can receive continuing education credits through the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as through ARPAS, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. In addition, some sessions are approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education units.
Details and registration information for the 2013 PDPW Business Conference can be found at www.pdpw.org, or by calling PDPW at 800-947-7379. The 2013 PDPW Business Conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is a dairy-producer founded organization that provides educational programs and services to fellow dairy producers. PDPW’s mission is “to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.”