2017 Proceedings


Table of Content





Advisory Committee



Session I.  Industry Challenges and Perspectives Efficiency from Cow to Farm

Canadian Dairy Industry: Past, Present and Future
Bruce Beattie


GMOs – Food Supply Saviour or the Devil in Disguise?

Margaret Smith


Healthy Drug-Free Cows: A Producer’s Approach to Reducing Antibiotic Use

Lloyd Holterman


Session II.  Farm Management

Farm Safety: Keeping Everyone Safe on the Farm

Glen Blahey


Employee Management to Improve Milk Quality

Ron Erskine


Creating an Effective Farm Business Strategy

Jeff Orchard


Farm Succession… Passing on the Dairy Before You Do!

Merle Good



Session III.  Nutrition


True Value of Feeding Canola Meal

Tim Mutsvangwa


Fatty Acid Digestibility and Dairy Cow Performance

Kevin Harvatine


Leaky Gut’s Contribution to Inefficient Nutrient Utilization

Lance Baumgard


Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Feed Additives

David Galligan


Session IV.  Student Research and Producer Panel


Student Research Presentation Competition


Milk Progesterone Profiles Before and After AI and Their Associations with Pregnancy and Pregnancy Loss in Alberta Dairy Farms

Tony Bruinje


Use of Canola Meal and Micro-Encapsulated Sodium Butyrate in Starter Feed for Dairy Calves

Katarzyna Burakowska


Effect of Delaying Colostrum Feeding on Passive Transfer and Intestinal Bacterial Colonization in Neonatal Male Holstein Calves

Amanda Fischer


Fresh Cow Illness Detection Using Milk and Rumination Data in Robotic Milking Systems

Meagan King


Early Post-Partum Physical Activity and Estrus Expression and Their Associations with Fertility and Ovulation Rate in Lactating Dairy Cows

Augusto Madureira


Measures of My Success – Producer Panel

JP Brouwer, Daphne Holterman, and Jake Vermeeer



Session V.  Reproduction


Ovarian Dysfunction in Lactating Dairy Cows

James Ferguson


Factors Affecting Preimplantation Embryonic Development in Dairy Cows

Eduardo Ribeiro


Estrus: Association with Production Parameters and Implications on Fertility

Ronaldo Cerri


Automated Estrus Detection

Jeffrey Bewley



Session VI.  Cow Management and Welfare


Identifying Pain Behaviors in Dairy Cattle

Karina Bech Gleerup


Getting Stocking Density Right for Your Cows

Dan Weary


The Importance of Foot Conformation, Foot Trimming, and Cow Comfort in the Lameness Complex

Gordon Atkins


Lameness Reduces Overall Herd Performance

Charles Guard



Session VII.  Technology and Facilities


Exploring the Potential of Precision Dairy Tools

Jeffrey Bewley


Producers’ Perspectives on Transitioning to AMS

Ed Pajor


Optimal Designs for AMS Barns

Jack Rodenburg


Optimal Feeding Programs with Automated Milking Systems (AMS)

Greg Penner


Poster Abstracts


Efficient Dairy Genome Project

Mary De Pauw, Ellen Goddard, Paul Stothard, Filippo Miglior


Using Genomics to Improve Dairy Producers' Profitability

F. Malchiodi, F. S. Schenkel, A. Fleming, J. P. Chesnais, A. Christen, and F. Miglior


Utilization of Intravaginal Probiotics to Lower the Incidence of Uterine Infections in Dairy Cows in Dairy Farms in Alberta

E. Barahona Rosales, A.L.G. Dias, B.N. Ametaj


Evaluation of Reproductive Performance in Alberta Dairy Herds Using In-line Milk Progesterone Analysis

T.C. Bruinjé, M.G. Colazo, D.J. Ambrose


Benchmarking Early Postpartum Disorders in Alberta Dairy Herds

M.G. Colazo, M. Gobikrushanth, A. Behrouzi, I. López Helguera and B. Hoff


Trace minerals in the dry period associated to postpartum metabolic and reproductive disorders in Dairy Cattle

M.G. Colazo, M. Gobikrushanth, I. López Helguera, A. Behrouzi and B. Hoff


Studying Association of Mastitis with other Periparturient Diseases of Dairy Cows

Egyedy, A. F., Dias, A. L. G., Barahona, E., Ametaj, B.N.


Association between Age at Calving and Overall Health, Reproductive Performance and Milk Yield in Holstein Heifers

M. Gobikrushanth, A. Behrouzi, I. López Helguera and M.G. Colazo


Ruminal pH in Holstein dairy bull calves from pre-weaning to post-weaning

J. Kohler, M. Middeldorp, Z. He and M. A. Steele


Evaluating CowManager SensOor for Estrus Detection in Dairy Cows in a Tie Stall Barn

S.A. Nowicki, M. Guesgen, M. Gobikrushanth, C. Bench, D.J. Ambrose


Evaluation of Infrared Thermography (IRT) and Micro-Behavioural Biometrics for Estrus Detection in Naturally Cycling Dairy Cows

H.J. Perez Marquez, D.J. Ambrose, A. Schaefer, C. Bench


Why different species of Treponema need each other to cause digital dermatitis lesions in dairy cattle

Caroline Beninger, Sohail Naushad, Karin Orsel, Jeroen De Buck


Bacteriocins of Bovine Non-aureus Staphylococci

Domonique Carson, Herman Barkema, Sohail Naushad, Diego Nobrega, Larissa Condas, Jeroen De Buck


Cathelicidin Reduces Internalization of Staphylococcus aureus in Bovine Mammary Epithelial Cells

Cavalcante, PA; Holani, R; Watts, K; Monteiro, APA; Barkema, H; Cobo, ER


The Risk of Group Housing Calves and Transmitting Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis to Penmates

Caroline Corbett, Mart C.M. de Jong, Jeroen De Buck, Karin Orsel, Herman W. Barkema


Novel Diagnostic Assay (based on glucose meter) for Bovine Infectious Diseases – TreAssure assay

Marija Drikic and Jeroen De Buck


Evaluation of topical applications used in parlor on digital dermatitis lesions

Casey Jacobs, Karin Orsel, Herman W. Barkema


Development of a Bovine Leukemia Virus Control Program for Alberta

Alessa Kuczewski and Frank van der


Development of a Marked Johne’s Disease Vaccine Strain: Using Immune Markers to Differentiate Vaccinated From Naturally Infected Animals

Lucy Luo, Jeroen De Buck


Intramammary Inhibition of Major Mastitis Pathogens by Non-aureus Staphylococci, a Mouse Model

Ana Paula Alves Monteiro, Domonique Carson, Jeroen De Buck, Herman W. Barkema


The impact of making freestall changes on lameness, lying time and leg injuries

Emily Morabito, Herman W. Barkema, Edmond A. Pajor, Laura Solano, Doris Pellerin, and Karin Orsel


Udder Health in Canadian Dairy Heifers Around Calving

Ali Naqvi, Jeroen De Buck, Diego Nobrega, Gang Liu, Simon Dufour, Tyler Williamson, and Herman W. Barkema


Genetic variation of Heifer Mastitis in Canadian Dairy Herds

Saranya G. Narayana, Filippo Miglior, S. Ali Naqvi, Pauline Martin, Herman W. Barkema


Association between the inventory of empty containers and on-farm treatment records to quantify antimicrobial usage in dairy herds

Diego Nobrega, Jeroen De Buck, Vineet Saini, Ali Naqvi, Sohail Naushad, Liu Gang, and Herman W. Barkema


Beliefs, benefits, and beyond: Influences on dairy farmers’ management decisions

Caroline Ritter, Jolanda Jansen, Steven Roche, David F. Kelton, Cindy L. Adams, Karin Orsel, Ron J. Erskine, Geart Benedictus, Theo J.G.M. Lam, and Herman W. Barkema


Contribution of Naturally Produced Host Defenses to Inflammation and Resolution of Digital Dermatitis in Dairy Cattle

Watts K, Fodor C, Barkema H, Cobo ER


Factors Impacting Ovulation Times and Temperature During Estrus and Ovulation of Holstein Dairy Cows

Tracy A. Burnett, Liam B. Polsky, Manveen Kaur and Ronaldo L.A. Cerri


Muddy conditions reduce cattle comfort

Jennifer M. Chen, Carolyn L. Stull, David N. Ledgerwood, and Cassandra B. Tucker


Effect of rumen protected vitamin B complex on metabolic parameters, milk production and d 15 endometrial outcomes

Manveen Kaur, Ivan Hartling, Tracy A. Burnett, Liam Polsky, Charlotte Donnan, Hélène Leclerc and Ronaldo L.A. Cerri


Dairy Calves Can be Tested for Failure of Passive Transfer Until at Least 10 Days of Age

J. Wilm, J. H. C. Costa, H. W. Neave, D. M. Weary and Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk


Associations Between Vaginal Temperature and Induced Estrus Expression and Fertility in Lactating Holstein Cows

L.B. Polsky, A.M.L. Madureira, E.L. Drago Filho, J.L.M. Vasconcelos, and R.L.A. Cerri


Milk Production and Nitrogen Utilization in Dairy Cows Fed Lactose as a Partial Replacement for Barley Starch

E. L. De Seram, G. B. Penner, and T. Mutsvangwa


A Comparison of Digital Dermatitis Associated Bacteria in Saskatchewan Dairy Herds

Maria Epp, Christopher Luby, Murray Jelinski, Christopher Clark, and Andrew Potter


Profiles and Feed Milk Value of Value Added Pellet Products Based on Combination Carinata and Canola Meal, Low Grade of Peas and Lignosulfonate at Different Levels for Dairy Cows

Víctor Guevara, David Christensen, John McKinnon, Peiqiang Yu


Recovery of the ruminal epithelium after acidosis

C. Kent-Dennis, J.A. Pasternak and G.B. Penner


Diet Formulation Strategies for Dairy Cattle in Automated Milking Systems (AMS)

Menajovsky, S.B., C.E. Walpole, T.J. DeVries, K.S. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, M.E. Walpole, and G.B. Penner


Is a Pelleted Feed Required in an Automated Milking System (AMS)?

Paddick, K.S., S.B. Menajovsky, and G.B. Penner


Detecting effect of heat-related feed processing on molecular protein structure associated with nutrient utilization of barley grains in dairy cows by using vibrational molecular spectroscopy

Luciana L. Prates, Peiqiang Yu


Physiochemical, Nutritional and Molecular Structural Characterization of Silages: Comparison Among CDC Barley Silage Varieties and New Forage Corn Silage for Dairy Cows

Basim Refat, David Christensen, John McKinnon, Aaron Beattie, Wenzhu Yang, and Peiqiang Yu


Survey of gastrointestinal nematodes in breeding-age heifers on six Saskatchewan dairy farms

H.R. Scott, J.S. Gilleard, R.W. Avramenko, E.M. Redman, B. Wagner, F.D. Uehlinger


A recent survey of ergot alkaloids contamination of wheat in western Canada

Haitao Shi,  Brian Chelack, Warren Schwab and Peiqiang Yu


A recent survey of twelve common mycotoxins contamination in wheat in western Canada

Haitao Shi,  Brian Chelack, Warren Schwab and Peiqiang Yu


Test possibility of using near and mid infrared spectroscopic techniques to predict mycotoxin concentrations in barley and wheat
Haitao Shi and Peiqiang Yu


Molecular Basis of Carbohydrate Biopolymer Structure Determined Digestibility of Newly Developed Warm-Seasoned Corn Lines in Dairy Cows
Ningning Xu, Jianxin Liu, Peiqiang Yu


Development of a silicone-based intravaginal letrozole-releasing device for synchronization
E.M. Zwiefelhofer, B.M. Davis, G.P. Adams






Upcoming Seminars

March 5 - 8, 2019

March 10 - 13, 2020

March 9 - 12, 2021

March 8 - 11, 2022

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Food & Nutritional Science
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University of Alberta
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