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Dairy Feed Efficiency

26th Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture

New! ARPAS has assigned 16 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 26th Discover Conference

Conference Objective

The increased demand for livestock feed, the use feed grains for ethanol production, and recent supply disruptions such as the 2012 drought have combined to more than double feed costs on U.S Dairy Farms during the last 5 years. Feed is by far the largest single expense of dairy farm operating costs. High feed costs are having major negative impacts on dairy farm economic viability. Consequently, feed efficiency is a topic of major interest in the dairy industry and a subject of renewed research interest. This Discover Conference will focus on the key factors that affect dairy feed efficiency.

The goals of the conference are to stimulate cross disciplinary discussion, develop new ideas, and stimulate new interactions among dairy industry professionals including consultants and dairy nutritionists, allied industry professionals, and key players from the academic, government and research communities. Through its presentation and discussion format, the Discover Conference on Dairy Feed Efficiency will provide a unique forum for discussing a topic of critical importance to the dairy industry.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for members of the dairy science community who are interested in the impact of nutrition, genetics, physiology, health, and/or management on feed efficiency. Researchers, extension specialists, and consultants from academia, government agencies, and allied industries encompassing feed and animal health companies are invited. Graduate students are encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by August 23, 2013 is $375.00 for ADSA-ASAS-ARPAS members and $425.00 for nonmembers, which includes sessions and most meals. After August 23, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$525.00 nonmember, and will be accepted on an availability basis. To optimize interaction among participants, registration will be limited to the first 130 applications received.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student rate is $195 and is available to 10 students with verification from their graduate advisor on a first come, first served basis.  To register, click the Online Registration link.

This conference is SOLD OUT


All participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. The conference hotel is the Country Inn & Suites, Naperville.


Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Naperville, IL 
1837 Centre Point Circle, Naperville IL 60563 
Reservations: 1-800-596-2375 US/Canada Toll-free 
Telephone: (630) 505-3353 Fax: (630) 505-0176 


Conveniently located in the western suburbs of DuPage County, NIU Naperville offers an exciting setting for Chicago area conferences. The conference center and nearby Country Inn & Suites are easily accessible from Interstates 88 and 355, only 27 miles from both O'Hare and Midway International Airports, less than five miles from the Metra train station, and within reach of the area’s spectacular attractions.

Flight options: We suggest you fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The airport is serviced by nearly every major airline. For a complete listing, go to http://www.ohare.com/About/OHare/Airlines.aspx

Ground Transportation: NIU Naperville and the nearby Country Inn & Suites are 35 minutes southwest of O'Hare. Several rental car agencies are located in the airport. In addition, there are a number of shuttle services for hire at the airport, including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional shuttle options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/PassengerInformation/GroundTransportation/OHare/Default.aspx

Driving Directions: Complete driving directions to Country Inn and Suites and the nearby NIU Naperville Conference Center can be found at http://www.countryinns.com/naperville-hotel-il-60563/ilnapcty/locations

Attention Graduate Students

Reduced Registration Rates and Scholarship Travel Awards
available for ADSA Discover Conferences

In 2009, the ADSA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a special ADSA Discover Conference graduate student registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional rate of $375. The graduate student registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student registrants, including ASAS and ARPAS graduate students.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund will make travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student who attends a Discover Conference. Following a conference, these students need only complete an ADSA expense report (you'll find the form posted on the ADSA Web site at http://www.adsa.org/ADSA_Expense_Report.pdf ), attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Cara Tharp.

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Conference Details

This Conference is SOLD OUT

September 23-26, 2013
Northern Illinois University Conference Center
Naperville, IL
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association

Conference Format

The Discover Conference Series is designed to provide a format and venue that encourages in-depth discussion of cutting-edge science.

ADSA Discover Conferencesā„  focus on topics of importance to the science of food animal agriculture and are held in a relaxed, informal setting. Sessions for this conference will allow ample time for discussion, networking and relaxation.

Program Committee Organizers

  • Rich Erdman, University of Maryland
  • Mike VandeHaar, Michigan State University
  • Normand St-Pierre, The Ohio State University
  • Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin
  • Diane Spurlock, Iowa State University
  • Lou Armentano, University of Wisconsin
  • Larry Miller, Discover Conference Series
  • Molly Kelley, Discover Conference Series