36th Discover ConferenceSM

Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat

36th ADSA Discover Conference℠ on Food Animal Agriculture

ARPAS will allow up to 18 CEU’s, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at the 36th ADSA Discover Conference.

As an added benefit your registration will include 90 days of free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).

Conference Objective

Lipids represent a small portion of the diet but have a large impact on rumen fermentation and post-absorptive metabolism. The value of milk fat has increased in proportion to other milk components and lipid supplements are some of our most expensive ingredients, providing strong incentive to managing both rumen available and bypass fatty acids. Work over the last two decades has demonstrated the importance of bioactive trans fatty acids on milk fat synthesis, and work over the past decade has demonstrated the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in health and reproduction and functional differences between palmitic and stearic acid. Additionally, the massive growth of the palm oil industry has had huge impacts on the type and diversity of available fats. As a human food, odd and branched chain fatty acids have emerged as bioactive fatty acids and there has been a paradigm shift in the perception of saturated fatty acids.

This conference will build upon the successes of fatty acid Discover Conferences from the last decade, serving as an update and comprehensive review and discussion of fatty acids in the current decade. The conference will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information.

Who Should Attend?

Domestic and international members of the research and academic community, leading consultants and extension specialists, industry leaders involved in supplying fat supplements to the dairy industry, and members of governmental and regulatory agencies are encouraged to participate in this interactive program. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by April 30, 2019, is $375 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After April 30, the registration fee will be $475 member/$525 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student rate is $195 and is available to 10 students on a first come, first served basis. Your registration also includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).


All participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations. The conference will be held at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois.

To make a reservation at Eaglewood Resort and Spa:

  1. By Phone: Call 877-285-6150 or 630-773-1400
    When making your reservation, refer to the "ADSA Discover Conference.”
    This will bring up our block of rooms with our special rate of $159 plus tax per night.
  2. Online: To book a room online, use the following link:

  3. Using the website: Follow these steps to book from the Eaglewood website:
    1. Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com.
    2. Under the Make Reservations header at the top of the page enter your check in and check out information. Click Reserve.
    3. Click on Add Code in the banner across the top.
    4. Use the drop down to select Group Attendee, then enter ADSA0519 in the box below.
    5. Select your Room Preference.
    6. Enter your Guest Information and Book Now.

Arrival Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Departure Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Special conference rate: $159 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
After this date, reservations will be accepted on a rate and availability basis only.

Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Resort Main Tel: 630-773-1400 | Resort Fax: 630-773-1709 | Room Reservations: 877-285-6150 | https://www.eaglewoodresort.com
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL 60143


The 106-acre Eaglewood Resort and Spa is strategically located in northwest Chicagoland, just a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago, and 21 minutes west of O’Hare International Airport. The resort is easily accessible via major airports and roadways 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.flychicago.com/ohare/myflight/airlines/pages/default.aspx.

Ground Transportation: Eaglewood Resort and Spa is 21 minutes west of O'Hare. Several rental car agencies are located in the airport. In addition, there are a number of shuttle and limo services for hire at the airport including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/tofrom/pages/default.aspx.

Driving Directions: Complete driving directions to Eaglewood Resort and Spa can be found at http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/Location/location_directions.asp.

Eaglewood Resort and Spa, Chicago

1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143
Hotel Phone: 630-773-1400
Reservations: Toll-free 877-285-6150

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.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund makes travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student who attends a Discover Conference. Ten travel awards are offered each conference. Following the conferenc and within 30 days of the conference, students should complete an ADSA expense report, attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Morgan Montgomery. Eligible expenses include travel, lodging, ground transportation, and incidentals in compliance with the ADSA Expense Reimbursement Policy, which includes receipt requirements. Registration fees are not reimbursable.

Conference Details

May 28-31, 2019
Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association

Conference Documents

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 Conferences 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.

For more information about the ADSA Discover Conference Series, click here.

Program Committee

  • Dr. Kevin Harvatine, The Pennsylvania State University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Thomas Jenkins, Clemson University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Yvan Chouinard, Laval University
  • Dr. James Drackley, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Maurice Eastridge, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Al Kertz, ANDHILL LLC
  • Dr. Vikram Mistry, South Dakota State University
  • Dr. Larry Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences
  • Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences

Conference Sponsors