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Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat

36th ADSA Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture

Conference Objective

Lipids represent a small portion of the diet but have a large impact on rumen fermentation and post-absorptive metabolism. The value of milk fat has increased in proportion to other milk components and lipid supplements are some of our most expensive ingredients providing strong incentive to managing both rumen available and bypass fatty acids. Work over the last two decades has demonstrated the importance of bioactive trans fatty acids on milk fat synthesis and work over the past decade has demonstrated the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in health and reproduction and functional differences between palmitic and stearic acid. Additionally, the massive growth of the palm oil industry has had huge impacts on the type and diversity of available fats. As a human food, odd and branched chain fatty acids have emerged as bioactive fatty acids and there has been a paradigm shift in the perception of saturated fatty acids.

This conference will build upon the successes of fatty acid Discover Conferences from the last decade, serving as an update and comprehensive review and discussion of fatty acids in the current decade. The conference will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information.


Registration postmarked by April 30, 2019 is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After April 30, 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 on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

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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

Conference Details

May 28-31, 2019
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

  • Dr. Kevin Harvatine, The Pennsylvania State University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Thomas Jenkins, Clemson University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Yvan Chouinard, Laval University
  • Dr. James Drackley, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Maurice Eastridge, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Al Kertz, ANDHILL LLC
  • Dr. Vikram Mistry, South Dakota State University
  • Dr. Larry Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences
  • Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences