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Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

June 10 and 11, 2015
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 10, 2015

7:30 AM Registration

Pre-conference Symposium

Sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Advances in Animal Health and Immunity

8:00 - 11:30 AM

How to access the effectiveness of practical transition interventions, Dr. Joel Pankowski, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

What are prebiotics (yeast derived carbohydrates) and how do they promote gut health?, Dr. Jim Nocek, Overture Consulting Enterprises

Nutrition influences on health and immunity, Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University

On farm applications of yeast derived carbohydrates, Dr. Danica Baines, Lethbridge Research Centre, Canada

11:30 AM - Lunch
Visit conference exhibitors

4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference

General Session (Exhibit A)
Feeding Management and Behavior

1:30 - 2:15 PM
Achieving excellence: How to move beyond of milk, Dr. Gordie Jones, DVM, Consultant

2:15 - 3:00 PM
Creating the perfect dining experience: focus on feeding and ruminating behavior, Dr. Rick Grant, Director, Miner Institute

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Using rumination and activity in herd management, Lee Pattison, Producer

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break (Exhibit B)
Visit Conference Exhibitors

Breakout Session I

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

Room 1 - Dry cow diets - Is the Goldilocks diet the answer?, Dr. Gordie Jones, DVM, Consultant

Room 2 - Factors associated with pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) levels in plasma and milk of Holstein cows during early pregnancy and their impact on the accuracy of pregnancy diagnosis, Dr. Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin

Room 3 - Making milk with forage: understanding rumen fiber dynamics, Dr. Rick Grant, Director, Miner Institute

Room 4 - Corn Silage: Fungal disease, the silent killer? Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois

Room 5 - Serotonin impacts calcium status in dairy cattle, Dr. Laura Hernandez, University of Wisconsin

Room 6 -

Thursday, June 11

7:00 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
Sponsored by Alltech, Inc. & Dairyland Labs

General Session (Exhibit A)
Information for Better Decision making

8:30 - 9:10 AM
Precision dairy monitoring technology investment considerations, Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

9:10 - 9:50 AM
Rumen Lipid Submodels in Nutrition Programs: Are they ready to help you, Dr. Tom Jenkins, Clemson

9:50 - 10:30 AM
Practical recommendations on mineral nutrition of lactating cows, Dr. Bill Weiss, Ohio 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

Room 1 - What useful information can we get from a TMR fat analysis? Dr. Tom Jenkins, Clemson

Room 2 - Sampling variation in feeds and why it matters for diet formulation, Dr. Bill Weiss, Ohio State University

Room 3 - Using the KetoMonitor to access cow and milk data to manage herd-level ketosis prevalence, Dr. Heather White, University of Wisconsin

Room 4 - Five things to look for to help your clients manage foot health, Dr. Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota

Room 5 - Feeding and harvesting considerations with low lignin alfalfa, Dr. Dave Combs, University of Wisconsin

Room 6 -

12:00 PM - Conference concludes


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, 2015. 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.

Make checks payable to: Wisconsin Agri-Business Assn. (WABA).

Register online

Or register by mail

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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