Minnesota Dairy Health Conference - Thursday, April 9, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Theme Time Speaker

Topic

Breakfast 7:00–7:55 a.m.

Gordie Jones, Central Sands Dairy LLC

New Concept in Dairy Barn Design: Hybrid Ventilation
  8:00–8:30 a.m. Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota Are High Ketones Always Bad?
Automation in Dairy Management 8:30–9:30 a.m. Julio Giordano, Cornell University Cows Going High Tech: Automating Health Management Programs Using Sensor Technologies
  9:30–10:00 a.m. Break  
  10:00–11:00 a.m. Julio Giordano, Cornell University Repro Programs Now and in the Future: Combining the Old and the New to Optimize Herd Performance
Updates 11:00–11:20 a.m. Joe Armstrong, University of Minnesota How to Manage the Change to RFID
  11:20–11:35 a.m. Stacey Schwabenlander, Minnesota Board of Animal Health Cattle Program Update
  11:35–11:50 a.m. Nicole Neeser, Minnesota Department of Agriculture MDA in the News
  11:50 a.m.–noon Interim Dean Laura Molgaard Dairy Appreciation Award Presentation
  Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch  
Genomics and Herd Replacement Strategies 1:00–2:40 p.m. John Fetrow, University of Minnesota Dairy Herd Turnover in a High-Technology, High-Information World: How Could Veterinarians Help?
  2:40–3:00 p.m. Break  
  3:00–4:00 p.m. Fernanda Ferreira Beef Semen in Dairy Cows: Does It Always Make Economic Sense?
Misc. Topics 4:00–4:15 p.m. Whitney Knauer, University of Minnesota Pair Housing of Dairy Calves: Advantages over Individual Housing and Insights into Successful Implementation
  4:15–4:30 p.m. Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota Next Steps in Lameness
  4:30–4:45 p.m. Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota Bedding Management and Udder Health: How to Get Better Results Out of Recycled Manure Solids and Sand Bedding
  4:45–5:00 p.m. Evaluations & Adjourn  

Morning (7:00 a.m.–noon)

Speaker: Gordie Jones, Central Sands LLC

Goals for the dairy barn: fresh air for all cows everywhere, no heat stress, no cow bunching, no frozen manure, and operational costs equal to natural ventilation. Goals achieved!

Speaker: Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the results of a large observational trial carried out in five farms in Minnesota. Dr. Caixeta aims to present his views regarding the current recommendation of administering ketosis treatment to every cow that has elevated urine or blood ketone in early lactation.

Speaker: Julio Gordano, Cornell University

This presentation will cover recent research evaluating the relationship between behavioral, physiological, and performance parameters measured by sensors with biological events of interest such as calving and health disorders. The challenges and opportunities of incorporating different automated monitoring technologies for detection of dairy cows with health disorders will be discussed.

Speaker: Julio Gordano, Cornell University

This presentation will cover the latest concepts on reproductive biology and management of dairy cattle. Special emphasis will be given to novel technologies and methods (e.g., genomics, automated estrus detection, manipulation of the VWP) that may be used in combination with traditional tools to optimize herd profitability. The implementation of reproductive management strategies for dairy farms with different management philosophies and resources will be discussed.

Speaker: Joe Armstrong, University of Minnesota

Attendees can expect to learn how to manage conversations with your producers, what benefit can RFID technology have for producers, and how RFID technology can be incorporated into the current practice model.

Speaker: Stacey Schwabenlander, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

This session will cover a brief update on Minnesota Board of Animal Health Cattle Programs, including the most recent information on the transition from visual to electronic official identification in cattle.

Speaker: Nicole Neeser, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

General updates about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s work with Minnesotan agricultural communities, including residue prevention, rural mental health, and other emerging issues.

Afternoon (1:00–4:45 p.m.)

Speaker: John Fetrow, University of Minnesota

Refocusing on dairy herd turnover. Planning for replacements, selecting culls, and planning breeding and young stock programs. What tools can producers and veterinarians bring to bear in an age of extensive information, sexed semen, and genomics?

Speaker: Fernanda Ferreira

Attendees will learn when and how the use of beef semen in dairy cows is economically feasible, and the strategies that make economic sense to select which cows should receive beef semen and in which breedings.

Speaker: Whitney Knauer, University of Minnesota

This talk will highlight new research in pair housing, focusing on the advantages of pair over individual housing as well as delving into what is currently understood about implementing this social housing strategy in hutch- and barn-housed, preweaned calves. 

Speaker: Gerard Cramer, University of Minnesota

Get a brief update on the latest research related to dairy cow lameness.

Speaker: Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota

While the “average” manure-solids herd experiences worse udder health than the “average” sand-bedded herd, some individual herds using either material have discovered secrets to improving bedding hygiene and udder health. We’ll update you on research investigating the efficacy of adopting different processing or management techniques for these bedding materials.