Minnesota Dairy Health Conference Program

Welcome to the 2018 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference. Learn about the latest research, delivered from experts in the field. And don't forget to visit the exhibitor booths at the Trade Show during the breaks!

Theme:  Achieving the Win-Win: Identifying Opportunities to Enhance Value to Your Clients

Approach: Sessions will present real world examples of practitioners providing cutting edge consulting and/or associated expanded technical services in different management areas, as well as options for fee structures.  

Wednesday, April 18

Short Courses 8 a.m.–Noon

7:30–8 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast  
8 a.m.–Noon

Using data for decision making in cattle practice 

The goal of this pre-conference session is to provide participants with solid baseline skills and thought processes to help producers make decisions on their operations. In these four hours, we will focus on the evidence-based decision making process, critical review and evaluation of information from various sources, and the appropriate use of client data and reports. Applied examples and participant discussions will be used throughout the session.

Calvin Booker, Feedlot Health; Daryl Nydam, Cornell University
8 a.m.–Noon

What's App Doc? 
Using Numbers spreadsheets on the iPad to collect data and improve communications between you, your clients and your staff.

Jim Bennett, Northern Valley Dairy Production Medicine Center
8 a.m.–Noon

Stockmanship training

Participants should develop an understanding of how cattle respond to different stimuli or pressure and how we use their response to get them to calmly move where we want them to be.  We will cover the economics and efficiency of good cattle handling as well as worker satisfaction and reduced frustration.  We will also cover the methods and materials available to train farm workers and co-workers in safe cattle handling.

Fred Muller, Cattle Strategies, PLLC
9 a.m.–Noon Field necropsy (limited enrollment) Jeremy Schefers, University of Minnesota

Wednesday Afternoon Program Noon–4:45 p.m.

Noon–1 p.m. Lunch   
1–1:05 p.m. Welcome Dean Trevor Ames, University of Minnesota
1:15–2 p.m. Enhancing service to your clients & getting paid for it (fee structures) – Contrasting beef and dairy practice models Calvin Booker, Feedlot Health
2–2:45 p.m. Transition cow topic- hypocalcemia  Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota
2:45–3:15 p.m. Coffee break/Visit exhibitors  
3:15–4:15 p.m. Transition cow monitoring programs Daryl Nydam, Cornell University
4:15–4:30 p.m. UMASH resources for dairy producers Bruce Alexander, University of Minnesota
4:30–4:45 p.m. Animal disease traceability update Stacey Schwabenlander, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

3-Minute Research Summaries 4;45–5:20 p.m.
Reception and Poster Presentations 5:20–7 p.m.

(details provided at poster presentation session at reception – posters to be hung by noon)

4:45–5:20 p.m. Survey of midwest dairy farm practices for control of bovine viral diarrhea Austin Ashbacher, Iowa State University
4:45–5:20 p.m. Are cattle infected with multiple strains of MAP? A new computional method to detect from sequencing data Yuanyuan Wang, University of Minnesota
4:45–5:20 p.m. Because sustainability: as defined and measured by dairy health and management literature Julie Adamchick, University of Minnesota
4:45–5:20 p.m. Comparison of analgesics for induced lameness in diary cattle Rochelle Warner, Iowa State University
4:45–5:20 p.m. Evaluating the relationship between hyperketonemia and hoof lesions in Minnesota dairy herds Erin Wynands, University of Minnesota
4:45–5:20 p.m. Association between peripartum metabolites and development of hoof lesions in primiparous cows Zelmar Rodriguez, University of Minnesota
4:45–5:20 p.m. Claws, ovaries and pregnancies Bobwealth Omontese, University of Minnesota
4:45–5:20 p.m. Investigation of the relationship between bacteria counts, bedding characteristics and bedding management practices with udder health and milk quality on U.S. dairy farms - preliminary results

Kruthika Patel, University of Minnesota

4:45–5:20 p.m. Selective dry cow therapy on U.S. dairy farms: impact on udder health, antimicrobial use and economics Sam Rowe, University of Minnesota
5:20–7 p.m. Reception and poster presentations  

Thursday, April 19

7:30–8 a.m. Breakfast   
8–8:15 a.m. Where is the MN Dairy Industry headed? – Opportunities for you and your clients (a dairyman’s perspective) Lucas Sjostrom, Minnesota Milk Producers Association
8:15–9:15 a.m. Enhancing value through offering non-traditional services Fred Muller, Cattle Strategies, PLLC
9:15–10 a.m. Milking system evaluation Phil Durst, Michigan State University
10–10:30 a.m. Coffee break/Visit Exhibitors  
10:30–10:45 a.m.  Drug residue prevention Jessica Evanson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
10:45–11–45 a.m. Drug use on U.S. dairy farms Nora Schrag, Kansas State University
11:45 a.m.–Noon Dairy Appreciation Award Dean Trevor Ames, University of Minnesota
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch/Visit exhibitors  
1–2 p.m. BLV—Its importance and control Phil Durst, Michigan State University
2–3 p.m. Anaplasmosis – an emerging threat to the Midwest? Changing Ecology, treatment & prevention Nora Schrag, Kansas State University
3–3:20 p.m. Coffee break/Visit exhibitors  
3:20–3:40 p.m. Salmonella heidelberg update Joni Scheftel, Minnesota Department of Health
3:40–4:30 p.m. Dos and Don'ts for weaning calves Whitney Knauer, University of Minnesota
4:30–4:35 p.m. Wrap up and adjourn