Dairy nutrition isn't simple. In fact, with so many dynamic factors influencing both nutrition requirements and nutrient availability from feeds, it's complicated. To that end, three top-notch of expert trainers — Randy Shaver, Gordon Jones and Phil Cardoso — will address every day dairy feed and nutrition challenges from a 360-degree angle at three one-day PDPW Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conferences developed by Professional Dairy Producers.
Designed specifically for dairy owners, herdsmen, nutritionists, veterinarians, and other team members working with the cows' ration, the one-day conferences will be offered at three different locations across Wisconsin:
*Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Arlington Ag Research Station, Public Events Building, Arlington
*Wednesday, Nov. 18, at D.J. Bordini Center at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
*Thursday, Nov. 19, Marshfield Ag Research Station, Marshfield
Randy Shaver, PhD, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will start each conference with "Making Sense of Modern Feed Tests." Shaver will examine test results and research data and explain how the information can be applied to on-farm management decisions. Shaver will zero in on what matters most and why.
With the Goldilocks diet garnering significant attention and praises from dairy farmers, the conference's second session, "Dry Cow Diets: Is Goldilocks the Answer?," will be delivered by the dairy producer and DVM who created the Goldilocks diet: Dr. Gordon Jones. Jones will discuss the particulars regarding how this diet can make the transition from dry to fresh a seamless snap. Conference participants will also discover how the Goldilocks diet can provide answers to challenges such as LDAs, ketosis, milk fevers and other metabolic problems.
"Corn Silage: Fungus Disease, the Silent Killer," featuring the University of Illinois' Phil Cardoso, DVM, PhD, will get to the heart of fungal disease that can wreak havoc on corn yield and feed quality, and negatively impact animal health and production. Cardoso will share proper management, corn hybrid and fungicide research findings, as well as tips and tricks that can help dairies maneuver around feed challenges.
Jones' second session, "Achieving Excellence: Going beyond 90 lb. Milk," will deliver ideas for identifying and unlocking the bottlenecks to high performance on dairies. Jones will arm attendees with the knowledge and skills so dairy farmers better understand their cows and achieve top performance. This session is all about teaching how to assess, evaluate and change, in order to achieve excellence.
The last session of the conference will be "Ask the Experts." This is the perfect place for participants to bring nutrition questions and feeding challenges to a top-notch feed and nutrition trio of experts, as well as fellow dairy producers.
The Nov. 17, 18 and 19, 2015 PDPW Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conference has been accredited for up to 6.1 CEU credits from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and for up to 4 CEU credits from ARPAS. Limitations and restrictions apply to the number of CEU credits that can be obtained. Interested individuals are advised to work with their respective organization regarding qualification for the credits.
While walk-ins to the workshop are welcome, pre-registration is encouraged. To learn more about the PDPW 2015 PDPW Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conference and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.