The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association has a full agenda of informative speakers and social networking opportunities planned for its annual conference, scheduled for March 31-April 1 in Middleton, Wis.

In addition to an industry-encompassing trade show and live farm tours, the schedule includes the following presentations:

·         Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine Tour and Lab Demonstrations (open to producer and veterinarian members only; on a first-come, first-served basis) | Topics Include: Calf Respiratory Scoring, Thoracic Ultrasound and Pharyngeal Swabbing

·         Professional Calf Raising Through the Eyes of a Special Operations Soldier; Dr. Sam Barringer, Merck Animal Health

·         Seeing the Big Picture; Do You Have the Vision?; Dr. Tom Fuhrmann, DairyWorks Management System

·         Learnings of a Calf Manager; Ermith Ocampo, Calf Source, LLC

·         Feeding Dairy Steers for Profitable Weight Gain; Frank Wardynski, Michigan State University Extension

·         Risk Management: What Exactly Does that Mean in the Calf and Heifer Segment?; Dr. Greg Bethard, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Dairy Dreams & Rons Cheese

·         Animal Welfare: Contributing to a Positive Image; Chase DeCoite, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

·         Market Perspective: Where is Dairy Beef Headed?; John Nalivka, Sterling Marketing, Inc.

·         Financial Planning: One of the Most Critical Steps to Success; Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus; David Rinneard, BMO Harris; Jason Karszes, Cornell University; Claus Haaren, Brooksco Farms

·         Facilities Designed for Calf Health; Dr. Ken Nordlund

·         Managing Your Team – Up, Down & All Around; Tom Wall, Dairy Interactive, LLC and Language Links, LLC

·         New Technologies – Applied in the Real World; Brandon Andersen, Genomic Testing; Seimers Holsteins, Activity Monitoring

·         Across the Country: Calf Manager & Owner Perspectives; Tracy Loos, Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown, WI; Brian Fiscalini, Fiscalini Farms & Cheese Co., Modesto, CA; Aaron Harpster, Evergreen Farms, Spruce Creek, PA

·         Changing Perception on a Reality Show; Brad Scott, Scott Brothers Dairy Farm

To register for the conference, follow this link.