Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference Coming to Dubuque in June

Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference set for June 13th and 14th


The 2018 4 State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is fast approaching on June 13th and 14th at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.


Alltech’s June 13th pre-conference symposium will focus on how herds can achieve their genetic potential.


Four State conference speakers include ways to improve prediction of metabolizable protein. Ev Thomas, retired Miner Institute Agronomist, will talk on low lignin forages. Jim Barmore, GPS consultant, and Brian Forrest, Maple Ridge Dairy, will discuss how farms are achieving high production using low lignin forages.


Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how herds are achieving high production with more forages. John Goeser, Rock River labs will help make sense of all the fiber digestion metrics. Michigan State Universities Adam Lock will talk how different fatty acids affect cow performance.


Select breakout topics include:

  • Beyond IgG: Components of colostrum as metabolic modifiers
  • Feeding practices of two U.S. Jersey herds
  • Integrating cover crops and livestock to improve profitability
  • New information to better manage transition cows
  • Feeding and management on robotic dairies
  • Corn genetic applications to improve silage starch digestibility
  • Successfully supplementing fatty acids to fresh cows


The Canola Council of Canada’s post-conference symposium will include information on using canola meal in early lactation cows and in ration formulations and evaluating feeding financials.


A trade show, evening receptions and time to network is included. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available. This conference is a collaborative effort of Extension Services of Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin.


For more information and to register, visit http://z.umn.edu/4state or Jim Salfer at salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.