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New Developments in Immunity, Nutrition, and Management of the Preruminant Calf

25th ADSA Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture

ARPAS has assigned 16 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 25th Discover Conference

NEW! This program meets the requirements for 16.25 of hours of RACE continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval.

Conference Objective

This conference will serve as a follow-up to the very successful 2008 Calf Conference and will examine new information available on issues pertaining to optimum development and management of the young dairy calf.   It will comprise focused discussions in the major areas of passive transfer of immunity and immune development in the calf, colostrum management, colostrum replacers, feeding programs for the preruminant calf, probiotics, the relationship between nutrition and disease, animal welfare, and additional management practices which influence long term productivity.

Conference Themes

  • feeding & housing strategies
  • milk replacers
  • calf starters and forage management
  • calf immune development
  • nutrition and future productivity

Who Should Attend?

Members of the research and academic community, leading consultants, extension educators, industry leaders related to services and products for growing calves, 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 28, 2013 is $375.00 for ADSA-ASAS-ARPAS members and $425.00 for nonmembers, which includes all sessions and most meals. After April 28, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$525.00 nonmember, and will be accepted on an availability basis.  Graduate student member rate of $195 available online only and limited to first 10 who register.  To optimize interaction among participants, registration will be limited to the first 130 applications received.

Online Registration Form
Printable Registration Form


All participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. The conference hotel is the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL.  Special conference rate: $129.00 plus tax

Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL 
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL. 60143 
Reservations: 1-877-285-6150 (refer to "ADSA DISCOVER Conference")
Telephone: (630) 773-1400 Fax: (630) 773-1709

Conference Accommodations Information


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.ohare.com/About/OHare/Airlines.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 services for hire at the airport including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional shuttle options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/PassengerInformation/GroundTransportation/OHare/Default.aspx

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

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, including ASAS and ARPAS graduate students.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund will make travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student who attends a Discover Conference. Following a conference, these students need only 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: Cara Tharp.

Conference Sponsors


Merck Logo


Zoetis Logo


Milk Specialties Logo


Land O Lakes Animal Milk Products Logo


Animix Logo


Calf-Tel Logo


Lallemand Logo


Merial Logo


Milk Products Logo


Akey Logo

Conference Details

Conference is SOLD OUT

May 28-May 31, 2013
Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Itasca, IL (near O'Hare Int'l Airport)
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association

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 Conferencesā„  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.

Program Committee Organizers

  • Pete Erickson, University of New Hampshire (Co-chair)
  • Geof Smith, North Carolina State University (Co-chair)
  • Bob James, Virginia Tech
  • Jim Drackley, University of Illinois
  • Al Kertz, ANDHIL LLC
  • Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
  • Amelia Woolums, University of Georgia
  • Larry Miller, Discover Conference Series
  • Molly Kelley, Discover Conference Series