41st Discover Conference®

Health Management of Calves: From Intrauterine Life to Successful Weaning

The 41st ADSA Discover Conference will be offered as a hybrid program with both in-person and virtual participation options. Select “Online Registrationbelow for complete details. We are looking forward to having you participate in our October program in the manner that best suits your needs. We are here to help you however we can with questions and requests for support. Contact conference coordinator Molly Kelley or conference director Larry Miller with questions.

41st ADSA Discover Conference® on Food Animal Agriculture

ARPAS will allow up to 18 Continuing Education Units based on contact hours and content for ARPAS members participating in this Discover Conference. Participating ARPAS members may obtain credit for their participation by using the ARPAS website.

This program has been approved for 10.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

Conference Objective

The pre-weaning period is critical for the growth and future productivity of replacement animals. However, dairy cattle producers and their veterinarians continue to face important, ongoing, and emerging challenges regarding calf management from intrauterine life to the time of weaning. The average morbidity and mortality risks in the US continue to be above desirable levels. Diseases during the pre-weaning stage negatively impact lifelong productivity of replacement heifers and growth potential of dairy and dairy-beef calves raised for meat production. Similarly, greater pre-weaned heifer growth rates have been linked to better performance after entering the lactating herd. Therefore, ensuring adequate health and growth before weaning is critical. Additionally, dairy steers make up about 15-20 percent of all fed cattle sent to market for beef production and, therefore, male dairy calf management is also of importance for the beef industry. This conference will explore the many changes in dairy calf management practices, and research conducted over the last decade. A poster session will be included to allow participants to share and discuss research findings.

Who Should Attend?

Various industry stakeholders including researchers, veterinary practitioners, nutritionists, extension agents, educators, and dairy consultants are encouraged to participate. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by Friday, October 1, 2021 is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $475.00 for non-members attending in person, which includes sessions and most meals. After October 1, the in-person registration fee will be $475.00 member/$575.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis.

Virtual registration is $275.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $375.00 for non-members registering by the October 1, 2021 deadline. After October 1, the virtual registration fee will be $375.00 member/$475.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis. Virtual participants will not travel to Itasca but join sessions online.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student Member rate is $195.00 for in person and virtual participation and is available to 15 students on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

Registration is also available for those wanting access to the Recordings Only (no in-person or virtual conference participation). Recordings Only registration is $215.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members, $315.00 for non-members and $95.00 for graduate students. Recordings will be accessible until January 31, 2022.

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

Online Registration


Participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations.

To reserve your room at Eaglewood Resort and Spa for this conference, you may do so with confidence by following these housing instructions:

  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 1025ADSA in the box below.
    5. Select your Room Preference
    6. Enter your Guest Information and Book Now.

Arrival Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
Departure Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Special conference rate: $159.00 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021
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.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago

1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143
Hotel Phone: 630-773-1400
Reservations: Toll-free 877-285-6150
Hotel Fax: 630-773-1709

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 member registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional member rate of $375. The graduate student member registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student member (ADSA-ARPAS)* 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 member (ADSA-ARPAS) who attends a Discover Conference®. Ten travel awards are offered each conference. Following the conference 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.

*If you are not currently a member of ADSA or ARPAS, graduate students can join for just $10. Click here for membership details and to join.

Poster Abstracts

Deadline to submit a title and brief abstract: 11:59 PM CDT on August 1, 2021.

To submit your abstract, please fill the “Abstract Template” below and submit it via the online submission portal. All submissions must be received using the online portal by 11:59 PM CDT August 1, 2021, to be considered. Authors will be notified by email no later than August 15, 2021, indicating the outcome of the review and selection process.

Conference Details

October 25-28, 2021
Eaglewood Resort & Spa and presented virtually
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association®

Program Committee

  • Angel Abuelo (Michigan State University, Co-Chair)
  • Sabine Mann (Cornell University, Co-Chair)
  • Jodi McGill (Iowa State University)
  • Theresa Ollivett (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Michael Steele (University of Guelph)
  • Marina von Keyserlingk (The University of British Columbia)

Conference Sponsors