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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

June 13 and 14, 2018
Dubuque, IA

The Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference presents the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry including feed efficiency, calves and transition cows.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7:30 AM Registration

Alltech Pre-conference Symposium

Sponsored by Alltech
Achieving and ensuring a herd’s genetic potential

8:00 - 11:30 AM

Introduction, Dan Weiland and Brad Rortvedt

Strategies to capture your herd’s potential, Dr. Roger Scaletti, Alltech Mineral Management Technical Support

Mycotoxin impact on lifetime performance from fetus through freshening, Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Technical Support

The 5 C’s of calf management, Dr. Sam Leadley, Calf/heifer management specialist, Attica Veterinary Associates

Fine tuning your dairy for greater efficiency and profits, Thomas Lorensen and Jeff Johnson, Alltech On-Farm Support Specialists

11:30 AM - Lunch

4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

General Session (Exhibit A)
Feeding management and behavior

1:30 - 2:10 PM
Improving the prediction of metabolizable protein supply through evaluation and application of intestinal protein digestibility, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

2:10 - 2:50 PM
Low lignin forages: BMR corn & reduced-lignin alfalfa, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.

2:50 - 3:30 PM
Making low-lignin highly digestible forages work on the dairy, Jim Barmore, GPS Consulting and Brian Forrest, Farmer Maple Ridge Dairy, Stratford WI

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break (Exhibit B)
Visit conference exhibitors

Breakout Session I

4 Topics 2x; 4:00 - 4:30 & 4:40 - 5:10 PM

Beyond IgG: components of colostrum as modifiers of metabolism and the immune system of the calf, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

Alfalfa vs. alfalfa-grass: obstacles and opportunities, Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics, Ltd.

Nutrition aspects during the transition period in dairy cows, Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

Looking back to understand the present: monitoring the transition cow, Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

Thursday, June 14

7:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
Sponsored by Papillion

General Session (Exhibit A)
Information for better decision making

8:30 - 9:10 AM
Producing more milk with more high-quality forages, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

9:10 - 9:50 AM
Wrap your head around today's fiber digestion metrics: working to better understand feeds on farm and build better diets, Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Labs

9:50 - 10:30 AM
Impact of individual and combinations of supplemental fatty acids on dairy cow performance and metabolism, Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Break
Visit conference exhibitors

Breakout Session II

6 Topics 2x; 11:00 - 11:30 & 11:35 - 12:05 PM

Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility in dairy cows, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

Feeding practices in top U.S. Jersey herds, Dr. Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois

Supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows: which ones, when, and how much? Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University

Effect of manipulating progesterone before timed artificial insemination on double ovulation and twinning rates in high-producing Holstein cows, Dr. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin

(One-time) Feeding and management practices for robotic milking success, Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

(One-time) Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve farm profitability, Dr. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota

12:00 PM - Conference concludes

Canola Council of Canada Post Conference Symposium

Sponsored by Canola Council of Canada

12:00 - 12:20 PM - Lunch for post conference attendees

12:20 - 12:30 PM
A snapshot of the canola industry in Canada, Brittany Dyck, Canola Council of Canada

12:30 - 12:50 PM
Canola meal, a proven advantage in various diet formulations, Dr. Kenneth Kalscheur, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

12:50 - 1:10 PM
Canola meal for early lactation cows, Dr. Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:10 - 1:30 PM
Getting canola meal values right in the formulation, Dr. Essi Evans, Technical Advisory Services

1:30 - 2:00 PM
Evaluating feeding financials, Dr. Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC


The conference will be held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, (563)-690-4500.


A block of rooms have been reserved at these area facilities.

Grand Harbor Resort
350 Bell St., Dubuque, IA

Single room rate $95 + taxes; double room rate $105 + taxes. Cut off date May 10. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.

This hotel will sell out, so register now.

Holiday Inn Dubuque
450 Main St., Dubuque, IA

Room rate $95 + taxes for a single or double. Cut off date May 9. Be sure to mention 4-State Dairy to receive the group rate.

Program information contacts

Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University

Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota

Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin

Registration Information

Registration fee: $150 before June 1, $175 after June 1 and at the door

Includes: registration, conference proceedings, listed meals and breaks. Please advise us at the time of registration if you need special accommodations. Requests will be kept confidential.


To receive a full refund, you must contact the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association by June 1, 2018. After that date, a $25 cancellation fee will be charged. If you fail to cancel, no refund will be granted.

Registration questions, please contact WABA at 608-223-1111.

Register today!

Early registration fee by May 31: $150
Late registration fee: $175

After June 2, please bring your registration to the conference Walk-in Registration Table.

Register online

Additional Co-Sponsors


Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Alltech, Inc.
Dairyland Labs


Ag Processing Inc-Amino Acids
Alforex Seeds
American Wood Fibers
Chr. Hansen Inc.
Diamond V
DuPont Pioneer
Elanco Animal Health
NutriLinx LLC
Prince Agri Products Inc
Pro-Active Nutrients/Nurealm
Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.
Quality Roasting
RP Feed Components
Westway Feed Products


BioZyme Inc.
Byron Seeds, LLC
Calcium Products, Inc.
Canola Council of Canada
Cumberland Valley Analytical Services

Silver, continued

Dairy Nutrition Plus (SoyPLUS/SoyChlor)
Dairy Records Management Systems
DHI-Provo / EZfeed
Dinamica Generale US, Inc.
Enz-A-Bac Advanced Products
Innovative Additives, Inc
JBS United Inc
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Midwest ARPAS Chapter
Milk Specialties Global
MIN-AD, Inc.
Multimin USA, Inc.
Mycogen Seeds
Origination, Inc
Papillon Agricultural Company
Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care
Rock River Laboratory
SCR Dairy
UW Madison Dairy Science Department
Virtus Nutrition
Zinpro Performance Mineral


Milk Products
Perdue Agribusiness Animal Nutrition
Trouw Nutrition USA

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