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April 10, 2019

Four-State Dairy Conference in Dubuque Set for June 12, 13

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The 2019 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, set for June 12 and 13 in Dubuque, Iowa, is shifting focus to deal with today’s economic environment and the latest research to improve dairy farm profitability.


Previous conferences have been heavy on leading-edge and emerging nutrition research. But given the economic conditions of the dairy industry, this year’s organizers chose to focus almost exclusively on improving profitability.


Vita Plus’s Gary Sipiorski will focus on economic survival; the University of Illinois’ Mike Hutjens will talk about feeding strategies with low milk prices, and the University of Florida’s Albert De Vries will discuss the economics of raising the right heifers. A panel of farmers will share how they manage costs on their farms to maintain margins.


Other speakers will also focus on how to improve profitability through youngstock rearing, pregnancy rates and forage research. The conference also offers nine break-out sessions.


In addition, a pre-conference symposium is being sponsored by Elanco. In the symposium, Mike Brouk from Kansas State, will focus his presentation on keys to maximize whole farm feed efficiency. And Michelle Calvo-Lorenze, Elanco, will share how the use of welfare standards can increase profitability.


For more information on the conference and to register, click here.