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Conference Recordings

Attendees of the Large Dairy Herd Management Conference have 60 days of free access to recordings from the conference sessions. These recordings are now available on the ADSA website.


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Due to some A/V issues on-site, two presentations in Section 10 were not captured, and the two have audio issues. All other presentations are posted for your access.

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Conference Objective

To benefit a broad segment of the global dairy industry, the ADSA Foundation will undertake another major initiative; this time to meet the growing information needs of dairy farmers, service professionals, and students worldwide. In 1978, a symposium designed specifically to produce a book, Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM), was held in Gainesville, Florida. Speakers’ presentations were developed into book chapters. In 1992, the book was updated under the co-editorship of Jack Van Horn and Charlie Wilcox.

In view of continuing interest in the second edition (1992) of LDHM and requests for an update, the Foundation will undertake an e-Book publication of a third edition of LDHM led by Dave Beede. As was the case in 1992, the ADSA Foundation will sponsor a conference to facilitate development of the third updated edition. This conference will be held in spring 2016 in the Chicago area. Dairy experts from around the world will be selected to prepare and present chapter papers as a first step in creating a comprehensive and essential resource—the e-Book third edition of LDHM. Final publication is anticipated in 2017.

For information about the LDHM eBook, click here

Program Topics

Who Should Attend?

Key stakeholders in the international dairy science community will want to be a part of the conversation about the above topics that impact large dairy herd management. This includes but is not limited to dairy extension specialists, researchers, dairy educators, consultants, allied industry representatives, and dairy producers.


Registration postmarked by March 15, 2016 is $475.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $575.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After March 15, the registration fee will be $575.00 member/$675.00 non-member, and will be accepted on an availability basis.

The conference offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations. The Graduate Student rate is $225 and is available to 20 students with verification from their graduate advisor on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

Online Registration
Printable Registration Form

Conference Speaker Information

For complete information about your role as a speaker, please consult the BASECAMP LDHM site. Refer to the AUTHORS TOOLBOX, which includes the following:
  • list of upcoming deadlines
  • how to register
  • planning your travel
  • lodging information
  • copyright release form
  • biographical sketch form
  • instructions for authors
  • presentation guidelines

Conference Sponsors


** Shared Conference E-Book Section Sponsor

Conference Details

May 1-4, 2016
Hilton Oakbrook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oakbrook, IL 
An American Dairy Science Association Foundation Initiative

Registration includes all conference materials, Sunday reception, all breaks, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, and lunch Monday-Tuesday, plus a 90-day subscription to S-PAC.

Conference Format

This conference is designed to provide an opportunity for authors to obtain feedback on the chapter papers developed for the Large Dairy Herd Management e-Book. The program will be designed so attendees can participate in the sessions of most interest selected from the multiple concurrent sessions organized around the e-Book sections such as large herd systems of the world; building towards sustainability; milk markets and marketing; genetic improvement, genomics; calves, replacements; reproduction; nutrition; lactation; milking systems, milk quality and mastitis; animal welfare and behavior; herd health; herd analysis and decision making;  physical facilities and environment; business and human resource management; and, precision management tools.

Section Editors

  • David K. Beede, Michigan State University
  • Jeffrey M. Bewley, University of Kentucky
  • Rupert M. Bruckmaier, University of Bern
  • Heather M. Dann, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute
  • Albert De Vries, University of Florida
  • Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
  • Phillip T. Durst, Michigan State University
  • Richard J. Grant, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute
  • Joseph P. Harner, Kansas State University
  • Joseph S. Hogan, Ohio State University/OARDC
  • Robert E. James, Virginia Tech
  • Stanley J. Moore, Michigan State University
  • Carlos A. Risco, University of Florida
  • Normand R. St-Pierre, The Ohio State University
  • William W. Thatcher, University of Florida
  • Steven P. Washburn, North Carolina State University
  • Kent A. Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joseph M. Zulovich, University of Missouri

Program Committee Organizers

  • Dave Beede, Michigan State University, eBook Editor in Chief
  • Larry Miller, ADSA Conference Director
  • Molly Kelley, ADSA Conference Coordinator