Four-State Dairy Conference in Dubuque June 12-13

Dairy producers can learn the latest in nutrition and management by attending the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference June 12-13 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

This industry conference will feature information on dealing with today’s economic environment and the newest research to improve profit.

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

Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will present “Management Strategies during Challenging Times.”

Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will present “Helping Dairy Farmers Manage Stress/Understanding Dairy Farm Stress,” and Ranga Appuhamy, assistant professor in dairy nutrition with Iowa State, will present “Beyond Lysine and Methionine: What have we learned about Histidine?”

Elanco animal health’s pre-conference symposium will focus on uncovering profit opportunities. Adam Moeser, assistant professor with Michigan State University, will cover how stress impacts gut health in calves.

Elanco‘s Mike Overton will talk about replacement, covering such things as “how many, what kind and how do we manage them for profit.” Michelle Calvo-Lorenze will discuss how farmers can use welfare standards to improve profit.

In addition, Mike Brouk, professor and extension specialist at Kansas State, will help participants learn keys to maximize whole farm feed efficiency.

Gary Sipiorski, of Vita Plus, will discuss how to survive in today’s economic situation.
Mike Hutjens, professor of animal science at the University of Illinois, will talk about feeding strategies with low milk prices, and Albert De Vries, professor of animal science at the University of Florida, will talk about the economics of raising the right heifers.

Farmers Terry Van Maanen and Hunter Haven will address how they have managed costs on their farms.

Alex Bach, research professor at the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology in Spain, will discuss rearing youngstock for maximum performance and health.

Conference breakout topics

  • Feeding for success: What cows need in their feeding environment
  • Successfully transitioning the dry cow to the beginning of lactation
  • Can negative DCAD diets improve reproduction?
  • Feeding high fiber forages for heifers
  • Economics of cow longevity
  • Transition diseases and culling: Is lower really better?
  • The ins and outs of behavior wellbeing of dairy cows
  • Helping dairy farmers to manage stress
  • Beyond lysine and methionine: What have we learned about histidine?

Enogen Feed’s post-conference symposium includes Randy Shaver, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin, talking about the latest research on Enogen corn silage and the tradeoff between corn silage quality and yield. Luiz Ferraretto, livestock nutrition professor at the University of Florida, will discuss new perspectives on fiber and starch digestibility of corn silage.

The trade show will feature more than 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and network opportunities. Advanced Dairy CE and ARPAS CEU credits are available.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association at 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at, or 320-203-6093. The registration fee is $175.