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Reexamining Amino Acid & Energy Interactions in the Dairy Cow

34th ADSA Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture


ARPAS will allow 17 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 34th Discover Conference.

Conference Objective

The 34th Discover Conference will focus on the interactions of metabolizable amino acids and energy sources in lactating dairy cattle. The topic is important to the dairy industry because these nutrient classes do not function in isolation but each alters utilization of the other. This topic is timely because of its major impact on the environmental and economic sustainability of dairy production. The Discover Conference will provide a venue for discussions about interactions of energy and amino acids and be an important source of new information. Conference topics include pre- and post-absorptive Interactions, changes in energy and AA interactions over the lactation cycle, translating dynamic elements of nutrient metabolism into feeding systems, and research gaps for the dairy industry.

Who Should Attend?

Members of the dairy science community who are interested in amino acid and energy nutrition of dairy cows are encouraged to register. This includes researchers, extension specialists, and consultants from academia, government agencies, and allied industries. Dairy and beef cattle nutrition consultants, feed and crop industry technical specialists, veterinarians, and animal health company representatives are invited. Graduate students are encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by April 27, 2018 is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After April 27, 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 with verification from their graduate advisor on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

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.

Online: To book a room on line, use the following link:

a.    Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com

b.    Under the Make Reservations header at the top of the page enter your arrival information. Click Reserve.

c.     Click on Group Code in the banner across the top.

d.    Select Group Code and enter ADSA0518

e.    Select your Room Preference

f.      Enter your Contact Information and Complete Reservation.

Arrival Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Departure Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Special conference rate: $159.00 plus tax

Reservation Deadline: April 26, 2018

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 | http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/
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 http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/Location/location_directions.asp

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 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 (you'll find the form posted on the ADSA Web site at https://www.adsa.org/Portals/0/SiteContent/docs/ExpenseReport2018.pdf ), 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. 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 Sponsors

Conference Details

May 29 - June 1, 2018
Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL
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

  • Glen A. Broderick, Broderick Nutrition & Research, LLC, Co-Chair
  • Jeffrey Firkins, The Ohio State University, Co-Chair
  • Hélène Lapierre, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • John Metcalf, Trouw Nutrition Agresearch
  • Paul Kononoff, University of Nebraska
  • Larry Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences
  • Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences