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This Week's Events

WHA State Picnic at 9:00 PM on 9/17/2017
Start Time: 9/17/2017 9:00:00 PM
The Wisconsin Holstein Association is excited to announce that the Erik and Brenda Gilbertson family from Gildale Holsteins will host the annual WHA State Picnic Sept. 17. The event kicks off with the Blue Ribbon MILK 5K / 1-mile walk around the Gildale Farm at 9 a.m. Other planned activities include a judging contest, cow train rides, keynote speaker, live music and program as well as a steak lunch cooked by the Iowa County Cattleman’s Association. Picnic goers will also get to hear from WHA’s own Crystal Siemers-Peterman, who is serving her year as Alice in Dairyland, and keynote speaker Scott Florence. The WHA State Picnic is an annual gathering of around 300 Wisconsin Holstein members from across the state. For more information about this year’s event like the Wisconsin Holstein Association Facebook page and follow the WHA State Picnic event page.
78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference at 1:00 PM on 9/20/2017
Start Time: 9/20/2017 1:00:00 PM
The 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference at City Center Hotel, Mankato, Minn., kicks off on Wed., Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. with four internationally known speakers who will address “The Future of Animal Production”. A dietitian, Ms. Leah McGrath of Ingles Supermarkets in Asheville, NC, will deliver a keynote on “Food Fiction vs Food Fact: Understanding the Consumer and the Conversation”. This topic will lay the groundwork for the other speakers to address “Technologies to Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics” (Dr. Clayton Johnson, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd, Carthage, IL), “Incorporating Animal Comfort and Welfare Measures in Livestock Production” (Dr. Courtney Daigle, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University), and “Economic and Societal Drivers Shaping the Future of the U.S. Beef Industry” (Thomas Peters, Superior Attitude Livestock Technologies, LLC, Oregon, IL). Within each of the species sessions (equine, non-ruminant and ruminant) scheduled to start on Thurs., Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m., experts in the fields of nutrition, forage growth and management, immunology, microbiology, and nutrition and gut microbiota interactions will deliver highly educational and motivating talks that will coincide with the theme of the general session. Highlights of these talks across the various sessions include boosting the immune system of horses with nutrition, minerals in the diets of beef and dairy cattle and horses, vitamin nutrition of horses and pigs, dairy and beef production systems, nutrient management of cows milked by robotic machines, amino acid nutrition of pigs and poultry, and nutrition-immunity interactions in horses and pigs. The 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference is proud to be partnering with DuPont for the Pre-conference Symposium on Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the same venue. In keeping with the theme of the general session, our partners at DuPont chose the topic “Nutrition in the Future”. Highlights of the Pre-conference Symposium talks include use of enzymes in animal nutrition, animal-gut-microbiome interactions, and strategies to improve production efficiency in beef and dairy cattle. Register online at https://www.regonline.com/78MNNUTRITION.
PDPW Seminar at 12:00 PM on 9/27/2017
Start Time: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 PM
The transition from hot and humid summer temperatures to the wet chill of fall can be especially stressful for dairy calves. Strategies for dairy farmers to manage this transition and keep calves healthy, comfortable and thriving will be highlighted in a World Class Webinar presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the second session of the World Class Webinar “Abating Weather-Related Stress in Dairy” series will focus on various methods to combat weather-related stress in calves. Dr. Geof Smith, professor of ruminant nutrition at North Carolina State University, will present “Minimizing the Effects of Weather on Calves” session from noon to 1 p.m. CT, online. Dr. Smith will discuss approaches and options to managing stressful weather changes to keep calves thriving. He will share both practical and creative solutions for housing, labor, nutrition and calf management. All past PDPW World Class Webinars, including the first session of this two-part series, “Dry Cow Cooling, It’s Not All a Vacation,” presented by Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, are available on the PDPW Webinar Library. To access the library of resources, visit: http://www.pdpw.org/programs_and_events.php#event_link_235 and click on the “Webinar Library” link. Registration is open for the Sept. 27 session by visiting www.pdpw.org or contacting PDPW at 1-800-947-7379. Participants who have registered can watch the sessions live or will receive a fully recorded version to watch at their leisure.
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