Preface Advisory Committee Sponsors

Session I. Hot Topics in the Industry

Understanding Animal Welfare beyond Animal Health – Motivating Change and Driving Improvement
Jennifer Walker

Looking Out Instead Of Looking In – The Benefits from Open Markets
Mike Petersen

Better Than the Rest: The Rationale for Supply Management
Bruce Muirhead

Session II. Replacement Stock

Advancements in Automated Feeding for Calves: Where We Are Today and Where We’ll Be Tomorrow
Mike Steele

Effects of Housing and Nutrition on the Immunity of Dairy Calves
Mike Ballou

The Effects of Poor Calf Health on the Future of Dairy Heifer Replacements
Sheila McGuirk

Replacement Heifers aren’t Free!
Roger Mills

Session III. Reproduction

Selecting For Fertility Traits in Dairy Cows: Waste of Effort or Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Stephen Butler

The Relationship of Immunity and Reproduction in Dairy Cows
David Hurley

Optimizing Fertility: The Importance of Uterine Health
John Kastelic

Management Strategies to Optimize Reproductive Performance of Dairy Herds
Julio Giordano

Session IV. Feeding and Forages

Getting the Rumen to Work at its Optimum
Jeff Firkins

Optimizing and Evaluating Dry Matter Intake of Dairy Cows
Bill Weiss

Making or Breaking Rations with Forage Digestibility / Quality
Mary Beth HallallH

New Technologies in Alfalfa
Peter Reisen

Session V. Health and Welfare

Sub-Acute Ruminal Acidosis: Effects on the Cow and Her Gut
Tanya Gressley

Parasites Eat Your Profit
Donald Bliss

Animal Welfare on BC Dairy Farms: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward
Jim Byrne

Are You Doing Your Best At Transporting Cull Dairy Cows to Market?
Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein

Session VI. Housing and Environment

Crowding Your Cows Too Much Costs You Cash
Albert de Vries

Making and Evaluating Energy Use Changes in the Dairy Barn
Jim Salter

Management of Cows Using Robotic Milkers: Efficient Use of Robotic Milkers, Efficient Barn Layout, Cow Movement, Different Management Vs. In Traditional Parlor
Joop Garretsen, Jeff Nonay, Andrew Wildeboer

Session VII. Managing the Transition Cow

Management Practices for Successful Calving
Gustavo M. Schuenemann

Update on Management of Transition Cows
Todd Duffield

Stocking Density and Cow Feeding Behaviour around Transition
Peter D. Krawczel

Culling/Longevity versus Genetic Progress from Heifers
Albert de Vries

Student Presentation Abstracts

Chemical Profiles, Energy Values, Protein and Carbohydrate Fractions of New Co-products (Carinata Meal) from Bio-fuel Processing as a New Alternative Feed for Dairy Cattle in Comparison with Canola Meal
Yajing Ban, David Christensen, John McKinnon and Peiqiang Yu

Effect of Body Condition and Gait Score on Estrous Expression Parameters Measured by an Automated Estrous Detection System
T.A. Burnett, A.M.L. Madureira, B.F. Silper, A.C. Fernandes, and R.L.A. Cerri

Is Milk Production Affected by Providing More Light or More Grain?
S. Espinoza and M. Oba

Effectiveness of a Standardized Footbath Protocol in the Prevention of Digital Dermatitis in Alberta
Laura Solano, Herman W. Barkema, Charlotte Pickel and Karin Orsel

Poster Abstracts

Evaluation of iVET® Electronic Birth Alert Device as a Calving Management Tool for Dairy Cows,
P.A. Dutra, M. Gobikrushanth, C.J. Felton and D.J. Ambrose

Can You Identify Cows That are Tolerant to High-grain Diets in Your Herd?
X. Gao and M. Oba

Cows Prone to Sub-Acute Rumen Acidosis Exhibit Different Feeding Behaviour
K. Macmillan, X. Gao, and M. Oba

Heat-Treated Colostrum Feeding Promotes Beneficial Bacteria Colonization in the Small Intestine of Neonatal Calves
Nilusha Malmuthuge, Guanxiang Liang, Laksiri A. Goonewardene, Le Luo Guan

Colostrum Quality: Effect of Parity, Volume and Collection Time
A. Behrouzi and M.G. Colazo

Reproductive Management of Dairy Heifers using timed-AI
M.G. Colazo, A. Behrouzi, D. Hipkin, K. Loree and R. J. Mapletoft

Risk Factors Associated With Dystocia in A Tie Stall Dairy Herd
I. Lopez Helguera, A. Behrouzi and M.G. Colazo

Feeding Oilseeds During Late Pregnancy in Holstein Cows Increased Gestation Length, Dystocia, Calf Birth Weight, and Colostrum Immunoglobulin Content
R. Salehi, M. G. Colazo, M. Oba, D. J. Ambrose

Effects of Prepartum Diets Supplemented With Rolled Oilseeds on Milk Production and Reproductive Performance in Dairy Cows
R. Salehi, M. G. Colazo, M. Oba, D. J. Ambrose

Fatty Acids in Reproductive Tissues of Dairy Cows Fed Diets Supplemented With Rolled Canola, Sunflower or Flaxseed
P. A. Dutra, M. Gobikrushanth, R. Salehi, M.G. Colazo, D. J. Ambrose

Impact of a 40-d Dry Period with Only a Close-up Diet
H. Khazanehei, E. Khafipour, P. Eck, S. Li, J.C. Plaizier

The Fecal Microbiome as a Predictor of CH4 Emissions
A.J. Kotz, S. Li, E.J. McGeough, E. Khafipour, J.C. Plaizier

Should You Feed Concentrate in the Partial Mixed Ration (PMR) or Automated Milking System (AMS)?
K.S. Hare, K.S.G. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, J.M. Stookey, T.J. DeVries, and G.B. Penner

Prevalence of Coagulase-Negative Staphylococcal Species on Saskatchewan Dairies
Colleen E. Fitzpatrick, Herman W. Barkema, Jeroen De Buck, Janet E. Hill, and Christopher D. Luby

Effect of Gene Modification on Protein and Energy Values in New Alfalfa for Dairy Cattle
Xinxin Li, Abdelali Hannoufa, Margaret Y. Gruber, Yonggen Zhang, Peiqiang Yu

Using Co-extruded Flaxseed Ingredients to Alter the Fatty Acid Profile of Bovine Milk
Janna Moats, Tim Mutsvangwa, David Christensen

Gastrointestinal Barrier Function in Holstein Calves
R.A. Pederzolli, J. Campbell, S. Hendrick, K.M. Wood, and G.B. Penner

Does Weaning Influence The Barrier Function of The Gastrointestinal Tract in Holstein Calves?
K.M. Wood, S.I. Palmer, M.A. Steele, J.A. Metcalf, and G.B. Penner

The Auntie Effect: Presence of an Older Experienced Cow Helps Heifers Learn to Graze When Introduced to Pasture
J. H. Cardoso Costa, W. G. Costa, D. M. Weary, L. C. P. Machado Filho and M. A. G. von Keyserlingk

Metritic Heifers Search for a Safe Place
J. C. Lomb, J. M. Huzzey, D. M. Weary, B. Costa and M.A.G. von Keyserlingk

Benefits of Social Housing for Dairy Calves
Rebecca K. Meagher, Marina A.G. von Keyserlingk, Daniel M. Weary

Feeding and Social Behaviours Change with Onset of Metritis
H.W. Neave, J. Lomb, J.M. Huzzey, D.M. Weary and M.A.G von Keyserlingk

How Do Dietary Energy Source And Protein Supply Influence Milk Yield And Composition?
H.R. Lima Neto, H. Lapierre and L. Doepel

Johne’s Disease In Canada: The Genetic Profile Of Mycobacterium Avium Subsp. Paratuberculosis In Ten Provinces.
Christina A Ahlstrom, Herman W Barkema, Jeroen De Buck

Water Intake for Calves Fed Different Milk Allowances
Guilherme Borges Bond, Edmond Pajor

The Inhibitory Effects of Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci on Major Mastitis Pathogens
Domonique Carson, Jeroen De Buck, Herman W. Barkema

Distribution of Most Common Coagulase-Negative Species over Parity and Lactation in Canada
Larissa A.Z. Condas, Diego B. Nobrega, Domonique Carson, Jeroen De Buck, Herman W. Barkema

Implications of Calf-to-calf Transmission of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) for Johne’s Disease Management
Caroline Corbett, Jeroen De Buck, Karin Orsel, Herman W. Barkema

Novel Diagnostic Platform for Detection of Bovine Infectious Diseases
Marija Drikic, Jeroen De Buck

Economic Evaluation of Various Copper Sulphate Footbath Protocols in the Prevention of Digital Dermatitis on Alberta Dairy Cattle.
Casey E. Jacobs, Karin Orsel, Herman W. Barkema

Identifying Essential Genes Necessary for Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis to Persist in Dairy Calves
Amanda J Mirto, Herman W Barkema, Jeroen De Buck

Re-Evaluating Diagnostic Tool Observing Cow Longevity and Lameness after Management Changes in Dairy Barns
Emily Morabito, Herman Barkema, Ed Pajor, Laura Solano, and Karin Orsel

Impact of Management Practices on Antimicrobial Resistance in Bovine Mastitis Pathogens
Diego Nobrega, Jeroen De Buck, Vineet Saini, Larissa

Milk Proteins Produce Differential Effects on Energy Balance, Glucose Metabolism and Taste Preference in Diet-Induced Obese Rats
Adel Pezeshki, Andrew Fahim, Prasanth K. Chelikani

Factors Influencing Participation of Dairy Farmers in the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative
Caroline Ritter, Robert Wolf, Steve Mason, Jodi Flaig, Mike Slomp, Charlotte Pickel, Herman W. Barkema

Canadian Dairy Producers’ Transition to Automatic Milking Systems: Preliminary Results of a National Survey
C. Tse, T. DeVries, E. Vasseur, H. Barkema, E. Pajor

Gut Hormone Concentrations are Increased Post-Calving in Dairy Cows
Rizaldy C. Zapata, Reza Salehi, Divakar J. Ambrose and Prasanth K. Chelikani

Posted in 2015.