Friday Schedule

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Exhibitor Showcase Opens

8:00 a.m.

MSU Program and Research Updates

  • Are you normal? Measuring antibiotic usage on Michigan dairy farms
    • Pamela Ruegg, DVM, Michigan State University
    • While antibiotic residues in meat and milk are at historic lows, consumer concern about use of antibiotics is at a historic high and ensuring judicious usage of antibiotics is the responsibility of all dairy famers and veterinarians.  On dairy farms, measuring key performance indicators is a standard part of managing dairy performance, but most dairy farms don’t know how antibiotic usage on their farms compares to peers.  Having benchmarks for antibiotic usage allows goal setting and facilitates discussions between dairy farmers and their local veterinarian.   The objective of this presentation is to present results comparing antibiotic usage on Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin dairy farms that were collected using a simple online tool.  The number of doses of antibiotics will be presented for cows and calves and variability of among farms will be discussed

 

  • What has been learned from manure events in Michigan?

 

  • Updates on new MSU dairy plans

9:00 a.m.

Farm Management Strategies for Profitability
Jason Karszes, Cornell University
Sarina Sharp, Daily Dairy Report

Hear from industry experts who will explore various farm management strategies to generate farm profitability and help ensure farm longevity.

10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m.

Building a Foundational Reproduction Program
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin

Hear the latest in current reproductive management strategies to achieve high pregnancy rates. Herds with excellent reproductive performance can then take advantage of other technologies which will be reviewed including use of sexed and beef semen and transfer of IVF embryos

11:35 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

 Importance of Passive and Active Immunity for Newborn Calf Health
Angel Abuelo, DVM, Michigan State University

Learn colostrum management practices that lead to optimized calf health, growth, and future performance, and explore strategies to improve active immunity in neonatal calves for better health and production.

Practical Health Monitoring Practices
Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

Explore how we can develop practical dairy cow health monitoring strategies, in particular those that incorporate the use of precision technologies and determine how to incorporate precision monitoring to deploy prevention and treatment protocols earlier to improve cow health and save money.

Avoiding the Mistakes of a Dairy Farm Succession Planning Train Wreck
Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Identify common mistakes that often cause farm succession planning efforts to fail; derailing farm families’ intentions of keeping their farm in the family for future generations. Explore solutions and strategies necessary to avoid a succession planning train wreck so the family farming legacy continues with success for the next younger generation. (Part 1)

1:50 p.m.

Networking Break

2:20 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

 Importance of Passive and Active Immunity for Newborn Calf Health
Angel Abuelo, DVM, Michigan State University

Learn colostrum management practices that lead to optimized calf health, growth, and future performance, and explore strategies to improve active immunity in neonatal calves for better health and production.

Practical Health Monitoring Practices
Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

Explore how we can develop practical dairy cow health monitoring strategies, in particular those that incorporate the use of precision technologies and determine how to incorporate precision monitoring to deploy prevention and treatment protocols earlier to improve cow health and save money.

Empowering Dairy Farm Families for Succession Planning Success
Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Identify common mistakes that often cause farm succession planning efforts to fail; derailing farm families’ intentions of keeping their farm in the family for future generations. Explore solutions and strategies necessary to avoid a succession planning train wreck so the family farming legacy continues with success for the next younger generation. (Part 2)

3:10 p.m.

Conference Ends

Breed Meeting Opportunities

6:00 p.m.

Michigan Holstein Association Reception

7:00 p.m.

Michigan Holstein Association All-Breeds
Convention Sale