39th Discover ConferenceSM

The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management

Special announcement: 39th ADSA Discover Conference on the Transition Period moves to a Virtual Conference

As previously shared with our community, ADSA continues to monitor the evolving factors related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which includes plans for our 39th ADSA Discover Conference: The Transition Period – From Physiology to Management. To comply with State of Illinois guidelines for travel and meetings, and travel restrictions placed on our attendees involved in the essential work of food production, we have made the decision to move DC39 completely online. The safety of our attendees is our number one priority. We look forward to having you join us for this fully online event. The program committee is using this new format to assemble quality online programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over the emerging and relevant work in this area. Please contact Molly Kelley, Conference Coordinator or Larry Miller, Conference Director, with any questions.

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

ARPAS will allow up to 17 CEUs, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members participating in 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 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 application.

Moving DC39 online allows us to safely offer the same quality programming, impactful networking. and opportunities to reflect and connect but with an even broader group of colleagues from around the world.

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.


The 39th ADSA Discover Conference has moved from an in-person event to a fully online event. Registration postmarked by Monday, September 28, 2020 is now $215.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $335.00 for non-members*. After September 28, the registration fee will be $265.00 member/$385.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student Member rate is now $95 and is available to 15 students on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link below.

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

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Note: If you registered at the higher in-person rate, you will automatically be refunded the fee difference.

Online Registration
Printable Registration Form


DC39 will now be held virtually. If you have a reservation in the DC39 block at Eaglewood, your room will automatically be canceled. You do not need to contact Eaglewood.
If you booked outside of our block or at another property, we encourage you to cancel those reservations immediately.


DC39 will now be held virtually. If you have booked flights for this conference, we encourage you to cancel those reservations immediately.

Attention Graduate Students

Reduced Registration Rates for Graduate Students - Sold out

The graduate student member registration rate for this virtual conference is $95, well below the professional member rate of $215. This offer is available to graduate students who are members of ADSA* and is available to the first 15 graduate student registrants.

*To join ADSA, go to https://www.adsa.org/Membership/Join-Renew

Virtual Conference Details

October 27 - 29, 2020
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