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Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

35 Years of Dairying: Knowledge, Pride and Passion

March 7 – 10, 2017

Sheraton Red Deer

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

10:00 am – 4:00 pm   Pre-Conference Tour: This tour will visit three local dairy farms with the focus on progressive, innovative dairy managers.

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop for All: What We Can and Can’t Do With Precision Dairy Monitoring Data.
Facilitator: 
Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky (Max 75).

8:00 am – 4:00 pm     Pre-Conference Workshop for Producers: Practical Introduction to Hoof Trimming. Participants will be introduced to hoof anatomy, biomechanics, lesion identification and the 5 Step Dutch Method of Hoof Trimming. There will also be hands-on tool safety and maintenance, knife sharpening, cadaver trimming and treatment (blocking/wrapping). Facilitators: Western Canadian Certified Hoof Trimmers Association (Max 25). Location: Red Deer area (directions provided).

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm    Registration

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Opening Reception


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7:30 am – 5:00 pm     Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am     Breakfast

Morning Plenary Session

Session I: Industry Challenges and Perspectives

8:30 am          Welcome – Norman Machell, VĂ©toquinol, Chair, WCDS Advisory Committee

Conference Overview – Lorraine Doepel, University of Calgary, Chair, WCDS Program Committee

8:50 am          Canadian Dairy Industry: Past, Present, and Future - Presented by John Kennelly, University of Alberta

                        Co-authors: Mike Southwood, Alberta Milk, and Bruce Beattie

9:50 am          Nutrition Break

10:20 am         GMOs: Food Supply Saviour or the Devil in Disguise? - Presented by Margaret Smith, Cornell University

11:05 am         Healthy Drug-Free Cows: A Producers’ Approach to Reducing Antibiotic Use - Presented by Lloyd Holterman, Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown, WI

11:50 am         Panel (all speakers)

12:10 pm        Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session II: Farm Management

1:40 pm          Farm Safety: Keeping Everyone Safe on the Farm - Presented by Glen Blahey, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

2:20 pm          Employee Management to Improve Milk Quality - Presented by Ron Erskine, Michigan State University

3:00 pm          Nutrition Break

3:30 pm          Creating an Effective Farm Business Strategy - Presented by Jeff Orchard, MNP Calgary

4:10 pm          Make Your Farm Succession Plan While You Still Can  - Presented by Mark Andrew Junkin, Agriculture Strategy

4:50 pm          Panel (all speakers)

 

Session III: Nutrition

1:40 pm          True Value of Feeding Canola Meal - Presented by Tim Mutsvangwa, University of Saskatchewan

2:20 pm          Fatty Acid Digestibility and Dairy Cow Performance - Presented by Kevin Harvatine, Penn State University

3:00 pm          Nutrition Break

3:30 pm          Feeding the Cow to Boost Her Immune System - Presented by Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

4:10 pm          Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Feed Additives - Presented by David Galligan, University of Pennsylvania

4:50 pm          Panel (all speakers)

6:00 pm          Cash Bar

7:00 pm          Banquet: Entertainment – Johnny Bagpipes Johnston, Comedian


Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

7:30 am – 5:00 pm     Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am     Breakfast

 

Morning Plenary Session

Session IV: Student Research and Producer Panel

8:30 am           Student Research Presentation Competition - Five graduate students will present their dairy-related research findings.

9:50 am           Nutrition Break

10:20 am         Measures of My Success – Producer Panel - Three dairy producers will discuss management strategies that contribute to the success of their farming operations.

11:40 am         Producer Panel

12:00 noon     Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session V: Reproduction

1:30 pm          Ovarian Dysfunction in Lactating Dairy Cows - Presented by James Ferguson, University of Pennsylvania

2:10 pm          Factors Affecting Preimplantation Embryonic Development in Dairy Cows - Presented by Eduardo Ribeiro, University of Guelph

2:50 pm          Nutrition Break

3:20 pm          Estrus: Association with Production Parameters and Implications on Fertility - Presented by Ronaldo Cerri, University of British Columbia

4:00 pm          What Automated Estrus Detection Systems Can and Cannot Do - Presented by Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

4:40 pm          Panel (all speakers)

 

Session VI: Cow Management and Welfare

1:30 pm          Identifying Pain Behaviors in Dairy Cows - Presented by Karina Bech Gleerup, University of Copenhagen

2:10 pm          Getting Stocking Density Right for Your Cows - Presented by Dan Weary, University of British Columbia

2:50 pm          Nutrition Break

3:20 pm          The Importance of Foot Conformation, Foot Trimming, and Cow Comfort in the Lameness Complex - Presented by Gordon Atkins, Atkins Veterinary Services

4:00 pm          Lameness – Effects on Performance, Profits, and Welfare - Presented by Charles Guard, Cornell University

4:40 pm          Panel (all speakers)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm    Reception


Friday, March 10, 2017

7:30 am – 12 noon    Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am     Breakfast

 

Morning Plenary Session

Session VII: Technology and Facilities

8:30 am           Exploring the Potential of Precision Dairy Tools - Presented by Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

9:10 am           Producers’ Perspectives on Transitioning to AMS - Presented by Ed Pajor, University of Calgary

9:50 am           Nutrition Break

10:20 am         Optimal Design for AMS Barns - Presented by Jack Rodenburg, DairyLogix

11:00 am         Optimal Feeding Programs with AMS - Presented by Greg Penner, University of Saskatchewan

11:40 am         Panel (all speakers)

12:00-noon     Closing

 

 

 

 

 

 

c/o Department of Agricultural,
Food & Nutritional Science
4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2P5 Canada

Phone: (780) 492-3236
Fax: (780) 492-5771
E-mail: wcds@ualberta.ca