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Midwest Herd Health Conference Set Nov. 8-9 in Stevens Point

Early registrations due Nov. 1.

University of Wisconsin-Extension's Dairy Team along with the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture's Department of Dairy Science and industry allies will once again host the annual Midwest Herd Health Conference on Nov. 8-9 at the Holiday Inn-Stevens Point.

This conference is designed to meet the educational needs regarding herd health for dairy farms of all sizes. Dairy producers, herdspersons, employees and dairy industry representatives are encouraged to participate in this cutting edge seminar. This conference will be an ideal time to interact with dairy enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest.

Speakers from all over the Midwest including Dr. Leo Timms from Iowa State University, UW-Dairy Scientists Pat Hoffman and Dave Kammel, Five-Star Dairy Consultant Jim Barmore, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection animal health veterinarian Paul McGraw, and Pfizer animal health technical services veterinarian Sam Barringer will be on hand to address issues and topics including housing and management of special needs and transition cows, caring for teats in winter, feeding strategies to improve feed efficiency in heifers, bedding issues and milk quality, and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of salmonella. Art Cone, vice president of Culver's Supply Chain Management and Keith Charmasson of Packerland will finish out the conference addressing the issues of what food processors and distributors want from livestock producers.

An optional tour is also available following the conference. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the UW-Marshfield Agriculture Research Station to learn more about dairy replacement research the University of Wisconsin is currently conducting.

The Midwest Herd Health Conference is open to all dairy producers, herdspersons, dairy employees, agri-business and any other interested individuals. The cost of the conference is $150 or $165 for the conference and tour. Fees include registration, conference materials, breaks, lunch, reception and breakfast. Lodging is not included in the fee; however, a block of rooms will be held at the Holiday Inn-Stevens Point for $79 single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.

Early registrations are due Nov. 1 to the CALS Conference Services at 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706. After Nov. 1, registration fee increases to $170 for the conference only and $185 for conference and tour.

For more information about the Midwest Herd Health Conference, please contact Sheboygan County UW-Extension Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman at (920) 467-5740 or at tina.kohlman@ces.uwex.edu or for additional information for registering for the conference please contact the CALS Conference Services at (608) 263-1672.

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