41st Discover ConferenceSM

Health Management of Calves: From Intrauterine Life to Successful Weaning

41st ADSA Discover ConferenceSM on Food Animal Agriculture

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.

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.

Conference Details

Date and location to be announced soon!

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)