Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

Virtual. Dairy. Reality.

March 8 – 12, 2021

Details for the WCDS 2021 virtual platform will be available soon

Download the WCDS 2021 Program (pdf)

All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Monday, March 8, 2021

10:00 am       Welcome – Nelson Dinn, University of British Columbia, Chair, WCDS Advisory Committee

Session I: Calf Health

10:03 am       Overview by Session Chair – Karin Orsel

10:08 am       Nutraceuticals: An alternative strategy for the use of antimicrobials in dairy calves – Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University

10:35 am        Giving calves a good start: Lessons from the maternity pen – Kathryn Proudfoot, University of Prince Edward Island

11:00 am        Coccidiosis in dairy calves – John Gilleard, University of Calgary

11:30 am – 12:00 Noon     Speaker Q&A Period

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Session II: Nutrition

10:00 am       Overview by Session Chair – Masahito Oba

10:05 am       Growth benchmarks and nutrient requirements of dairy heifers from weaning to calving – Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

10:30 am       Managing high-straw dry cow diets to optimize health and performance – Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

11:00 am       Protein during the dairy cow transition period: What we feed and what they lose – Jacquelyn Boerman, Purdue University

11:30 am – 12:00 Noon      Speaker Q&A Period

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Session III: Virtual Farm Tours

10:00 am        Overview by Session Chair – Tietsia Huyzer

From the comfort of your own home or office or in the barn virtually tour three progressive and innovative dairy operations.  Locations TBD.

10:05 am       Farm Tour Video #1: Hoek Holsteins, Agassiz, BC

10:25 am       Farm Tour Video #2: Deerfield Colony, Magrath, AB

10:45 am       Farm Tour Video #3: Robella Holsteins, Balgonie, SK

11:05 am – 12:05 Noon       Farm Tour Hosts Q&A period

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Session IV: Student Research Presentation Competition

10:00 am        Overview by Session Chair – Karen Beauchemin

Four graduate students will present their dairy-related research findings. To enter the competition, students submit a short summary of their research. A panel of judges then select the top 4 research summaries based on a number of criteria, including a well written summary, demonstrating good and relevant science.

10:05 am       Anogenital distance is consistent throughout adult life in Holstein cows and associated with embryo quality – Iswarya Rajesh, University of Alberta

10:20 am       Effects of Glutamate Supplementation During the Periparturient Period on the Performance of Dairy Cows – Satoko Hisadomi, University of Alberta

10:40 am       The effect of gradual weaning method and forage type on feeding behaviour and growth of dairy calves – Allison Welk, University of British Columbia

11:00 am         Effect of selective removal of high proviral load cattle on the herd prevalence of bovine leukosis – Sulav Shrestha, University of Calgary

Student competition voting and awards announcement

11:25 am           Nutrition Break

Session V: Producer Panel

11:30 am         Overview by Session Chair – Devon Simmelink

Three dairy producers will discuss different aspects of their farming operations.

11:35 am          B.C – Casey Pruim, Prime Acres Ltd.

11:50 am          Saskatchewan – Michael McLeod, Caroncrest Farms

12:10 pm          Manitoba – Saskia Reutter, Reutter Dairy

12:30 pm          Producer Panel Q&A Period (1 hour)

Friday, March 12, 2021

Session VI: Reproduction and Genetics

10:00 am         Overview by Session Chair – Divakar Ambrose

10:05 am         Advancing genetic gain in dairy cattle through genomics and reproductive technologies – Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin

10:30 am         Impact of altering the voluntary waiting period on reproduction and economics in dairy herds – Julio Giordano, Cornell University

11:00 am         Daily profit of 3-breed crossbreds compared to Holsteins – Our experience from a 10-year designed study – Les Hansen, University of Minnesota

11:30 am         Speaker Q&A Period


12:00 Noon     ClosingNelson Dinn, University of British Columbia, Chair, WCDS Advisory Committee


Program is subject to change