PDPW Dairy Conference Focuses On Reproduction, Transition Cows

Herdsperson conference will be held Dec. 4 in Wisconsin Dells and Dec. 5 in Appleton.

Published on: Nov 22, 2013

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Herdsperson Conference is coming to two locations, December 4 in Wisconsin Dells and December 5 in Appleton, each from 9:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.

The conference brings together four of the dairy industry's leading experts in the field of reproductive management, plus a producer panel, offering fresh knowledge and practical application needed for profitability in today's dairy herds. Following is a list of speakers and topics:

*"Profitability with Optimum Reproduction Performance" will be led by Dr. Julio Giordano, assistant professor of dairy cattle biology and management in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University. Dr. Giordano will dig into the latest economics of reproduction research, including how dairy producers can calculate and compare the economic value of dairy reproductive programs so the best decisions can be made. 

PDPW Dairy Conference Focuses On Reproduction And Transition Cows
PDPW Dairy Conference Focuses On Reproduction And Transition Cows

*"Hidden Opportunities in Dairy Replacement Heifers to Maximize their Lifetime Value" will be presented by Dr. Dick Wallace, former dairy farm manager for the University of Illinois Dairy Cattle Research Unit. Dr. Wallace will focus on raising heifers in ways that improve overall cash flow and profitability. Actual herd data will be used to demonstrate how to find hidden opportunities.

*"Understanding the Transition Cow" will be presented by Dr. Luis Mendonca, Kansas State dairy extension specialist. This session will focus on management strategies during the transition period that can help maximize postpartum health and improve reproductive performance.

*"Residue-Free Record Keeping" will discuss what needs to be recorded and why, to ensure residue-free cattle. This session is important for "doing right" by our animals and the consumers, we serve. Dr. Dick Wallace will present how being mindful of medication labels protects dairy meat and milk, and your market access.

*"Heat Detection and Use of Activity Monitors" is a panel discussion led by Dr. Paul Fricke of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The session will examine new electronic systems for managing reproduction in dairy cows. The producer panel will feature Sarah Johnson of Majestic View Dairy in Lancaster, Wis. and Dan Reuter of Reuter Dairy in Peosta, Iowa, sharing their best practices that have produced impressive pregnancy rates within their herds.

The PDPW Herdsperson Conference is geared toward herd owners, managers, consultants and veterinarians who need to focus on increasing profitability, implementing replacement heifer strategies, transition cow management, and protocols for managing record keeping.

Courses run in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine and may be valued up to 5.9 CEUs for attending this conference. The conference also has been pre-approved by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for 5 CEUs.

Those interested in attending the upcoming Herdsperson Conference may sign up online at www.pdpw.org, or call 800-947-7379. For additional information regarding PDPW programming, or to learn more about PDPW, contact PDPW at mail@pdpw.org.

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is a dairy-producer founded organization that provides educational programs and services to fellow dairy producers. PDPW's mission is "to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."

Source: PDPW