Program

Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

Looking Beyond 2020

March 10 – 13, 2020

Cambridge Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Hotel)

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Download the 2020 WCDS Program (pdf)


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Pre-Conference Tour: This tour will visit three local dairy farms with the focus on progressive, innovative dairy managers.
Optional, separate registration required.

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop: Milk as a Diagnostic Tool for Nutritional Management. Facilitator: Rick Grant, William H. Miner Agricultural Institute (Max 75).
Optional, separate registration required.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm    Registration

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Opening Reception


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

7:30 am – 5:00 pm     Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am     Breakfast

Morning Plenary Session

Session I: Future Matters

8:30 am          Welcome – Nelson Dinn, University of British Columbia, Chair, WCDS Advisory Committee

  Conference Overview – Divakar Ambrose, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Co-chair, WCDS Program Committee

8:50 am          Keynote Speaker
                         Can You Use Technology to Uber Proof Your Business? – Presented by Marty Seymour, Farm Credit Canada

9:50 am          Nutrition Break

10:20 am        Identifying Gaps in Building Bridges: Working Towards a Sustainable Dairy Industry – Presented by Marina von Keyserlingk, University of British Columbia

11:05 am         Sustainability of Animal Agriculture in the Global Food System – Presented by Robin White, Virginia Tech

11:50 am         Speaker Panel

12:10 pm         Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session II: Secrets of Healthy Feeding

1:40 pm          Relationships between Fiber Digestibility and Particle Size for Lactating Dairy Cows – Presented by Rick Grant, William H. Miner Agricultural Institute

2:20 pm          Corn Silage: Managing the Manageable – Presented by Bill Mahanna, Pioneer

3:00 pm          Nutrition Break

3:30 pm          Managing Dietary Variation to Maintain or Improve Efficiency –  Presented by Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University

4:10 pm          Feeding for a Healthy Liver: The Role of Methionine and Choline in Transition Cows – Presented by Heather White, University of Wisconsin

4:50 pm          Speaker Panel

 

Session III: Human and Cattle Well-Being

1:40 pm          The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Farmers – Presented by Lisa McCrea, Ag West Veterinary Group

2:20 pm          How to Do More for Mental Health in Agriculture – Presented by Adelle Stewart, Do More Ag Foundation

3:00 pm          Nutrition Break

3:30 pm          Transporting Cattle in 2020: Research and Regulation Update – Presented by Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

4:10 pm          Three Ways to Lose Money on the Farm: A View from the Udder – Presented by Ron Erskine, Michigan State University

4:50 pm          Speaker Panel

 

Evening Banquet

6:00 pm          Cash Bar

7:00 pm          Supper

Entertainment – Comedian Matt Falk
The banquet is optional. Separate registration required.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

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         Bio-Security Management – Producer Panel Presentations – Three dairy producers will discuss different aspects of bio-security management on their farms.

11:40 am         Producer Panel

12:00 noon     Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session V: Nurturing the Next Generation

1:30 pm          Effects of Pre-partum Cow Management on Health and Performance of Calves – Presented by Geoff Dahl, University of Florida

2:10 pm          Advances in Colostrum and Milk Feeding – Presented by Mike Steele, University of Guelph

2:50 pm          Nutrition Break

3:20 pm          Rethinking Ruminal Acidosis in Dairy Calves – Presented by Anne Laarman, University of Alberta

4:00 pm          Economics of Raising Dairy Replacement Heifers – Presented by Mike Overton, Elanco Animal Health

4:40 pm          Speaker Panel

 

Session VI: Enhancing Herd Fertility

1:30 pm          Trouble-Shooting Reproduction Issues – Presented by Jocelyn Dubuc, University of Montreal

2:10 pm          Potential Impact of Viral Diseases on Conception Rate in Cattle – Presented by Claire Wathes, The Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom

2:50 pm          Nutrition Break

3:20 pm          New Strategies to Maximize Pregnancy Outcomes – Presented by Jeffrey Stevenson, Kansas State University

4:00 pm          Genetics and Economics of Using virto-Produced Embryo Transfer in Dairy Herds – Presented by Albert De Vries, University of Florida

4:40 pm          Speaker Panel

 

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm    Reception


Friday, March 13, 2020

8:00 am – 12 noon    Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am     Breakfast

 

Morning Plenary Session

Session VII: Herd Health – Protect, Monitor, Investigate

8:30 am          When (Before) Disaster Strikes: Preparation For a Disease Outbreak – Presented by Keith Lehman, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

9:10 am           Investigating Fetal Calf Loss – Presented by Cameron Knight, University of Calgary

9:50 am           Nutrition Break

10:20 am        Use of Big Data to Monitor Herd Health – Presented by Heather White, University of Wisconsin

11:00 am         Antibiotic Therapy: It’s Not the Drugs, It’s How We Use Them – Presented by Ron Erskine, Michigan State University

11:40 am         Speaker Panel

12:00 noon     Closing