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Effects of Stress on Health and Production in Dairy Cows

35th ADSA Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture

ARPAS will allow 17 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 35th Discover Conference.

Conference Objective

There is an increasing recognition within the animal and dairy science community of the complex and dynamic response to stress and the role of immune response in animal productivity and well-being. Obvious instances of infection include mastitis and metritis, but more inconspicuous examples of immunoactivation include weaning, the periparturient period, heat stress, rumen and hindgut acidosis and psychological/emotional stress. Recent evidence suggests that immune system activation reprioritizes nutrient partitioning away from important production and reproductive phenotypes, and this highlights its enormous economic implications. Consequently, there is large interest by the allied industry (both feed supplement and pharmaceutical) to identify target molecules and strategies to ameliorate immune-system-mediated production losses. Rather than focusing on the basics of immunology, this 35th Discover Conference will concentrate on the activators and consequences of immune activation.

Who Should Attend?

Members of the research and academic community, leading consultants, feed & pharmaceutical industry leaders, and members of governmental and regulatory agencies are encouraged to participate in this program. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


Registration postmarked by October 1, 2018 is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After October 1, 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.
  2. Online: To book a room on line, use the following link:


    Using the Web Site: Follow these steps to book from the Eaglewood web site:
    1. Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com
    2. Under the Make Reservations 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 DISC1018 in the box below.
    5. Select your Room Preference
    6. Enter your Guest Information and Book Now.

Arrival Date: Monday, October 29, 2018
Departure Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Special conference rate: $159.00 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: Monday, October 8, 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.

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 who attends a Discover Conference. Ten travel awards are offered each conference. Following the conference, students should complete an ADSA expense report (posted on the ADSA Web site at https://www.adsa.org/AboutADSA/ADSADocuments.aspx), 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.

Conference Sponsors

Conference Details

October 29-November 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

  • Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University (Co-Chair)
  • Marcus Kehrli, USDA-ARS (Co-Chair)
  • Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University
  • Barry Bradford, Kansas State University
  • Jessica McArt, Cornell University
  • Geof Smith, North Carolina State University
  • Larry Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences
  • Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences