39th Discover ConferenceSM

The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management

ADSA DISCOVER CONFERENCESM ON The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management

ADSA Discover Conferences puts a high priority on the health and safety of our conference attendees. We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will be prepared to adjust the on-site program should it become necessary. We will share updates on this website and email notifications to attendees and stakeholders.

ARPAS will allow up to 17 CEUs, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at the 39th 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

The importance of the transition period for health, welfare, and performance cannot be overstated. Despite best efforts, the incidence of health disorders remains greater than desirable. This conference will focus on the scientific advancements made in the last 10 years and will discuss the unanswered questions and controversies about this critical period. We will emphasize the interactive spirit of Discover conferences with structured small group discussions woven into the program, including focused discussions with the speakers. The program will bridge from the fundamental science to its application.

Who Should Attend?

Nutritionists, veterinary practitioners, researchers, educators, producers, consultants and others involved in the science and management of transition cows are encouraged to participate in this interactive program. Graduate Students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by Monday, September 28, 2020 is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After September 28, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$525.00 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. To register, click the Online Registration link.

Your registration includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).

Online Registration
Printable Registration Form


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 $159.00 plus tax per night.
  2. Online: To book a room on line, use the following link: ADSA Discover Conference
  3. Using the Web Site: Follow these steps to book from the Eaglewood web site:
    1. Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com
    2. Under the Make A Reservation 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 1026ADSA in the box below.
    5. Select your Room Preference
    6. Enter your Guest Information and Book Now.

Arrival Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
Departure Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Special conference rate: $159.00 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
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
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL. 60143


The 106-acre Eaglewood Resort & 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 https://www.eaglewoodresort.com/how_to_get_to_eaglewood/

Eaglewood Resort & 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

October 26 - 29, 2020
Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association

Program Committee

  • Stephen LeBlanc, University of Guelph - Co-chair
  • Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois - Co-chair
  • Joe McFadden, Cornell University
  • Heather M. White, University of Wisconsin
  • Buzz Burhans, Dairy-Tech Group
  • Katy Proudfoot, University of Prince Edward Island

Conference Sponsors