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Starch for Ruminants

28th Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture


New! ARPAS has assigned 17 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 28th Discover Conference

Conference Objective

During the past several years, the price of feed energy has increased 2 to 4 times its historic norm, caused in large part by the two- to four-fold increase in corn price. This large and very rapid increase in corn price has generated a firestorm of interest globally on alternatives to corn in ruminant (dairy and beef) rations and has led many to critically evaluate the use of starch in ruminant diets. The development of new strategies and methods to improve the utilization of starch by ruminants to either reduce feed costs and (or) improve animal performance on reduced-starch diets are now major focus areas for academic and industry researchers. While research with beef cattle on starch has long been abundant, this area is a relatively new frontier for dairy cattle research and field application. Therefore, a tremendous opportunity now presents itself for dialogue between dairy and beef cattle nutritionists and researchers on the proposed topic. The goal of this Discover Conference is to provide a venue for this exchange to occur and allow for greater field input into research directions and the opportunity for improved field application through enhanced participant exchange of ideas. Another important objective of this Discover Conference is the inclusion of experts in cereal chemistry, feed processing, and plant breeding to enhance animal scientist’ understanding of emerging technologies in those disciplines with regard to starch utilization by ruminants.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for members of the dairy and animal science community who are interested in the impact of dietary starch on the performance of dairy and beef cattle. 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 September 6, 2014 is $375.00 for ADSA-ASAS-ARPAS members and $425.00 for nonmembers, which includes sessions and most meals. After September 6, 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.


All participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. The conference hotel is 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
Online: http://www.countryinns.com/nail_ada
Telephone: (630) 505-3353 Fax: (630) 505-0176

Reservation Deadline: September 22, 2014

A small block of overflow rooms is also being held at:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville
1820 Abriter Court Naperville, IL 60563
Reservations: (630) 577-1820 US/Canada Toll-free
Book your group rate: ADSA Discover Conference

Reservation Deadline: September 19, 2014


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

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Naperville, IL
1837 Centre Point Circle, Naperville IL 60563
Reservations: 1-800-596-2375 US/Canada Toll-free
Online: http://www.countryinns.com/adsa26th
Telephone: (630) 505-3353 Fax: (630) 505-0176


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.

Conference Sponsors

Conference Details

October 6-9, 2014
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

  • Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Richard J. Grant, PhD, The Miner Institute
  • Dr. William P. Weiss, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Michael S. Allen, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska
  • Dr. Patrick C. Hoffman, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Dr. Mark Nelson, Washington State University
  • Larry Miller, Discover Conference Series
  • Molly Kelley, Discover Conference Series