The following information was provided by milk marketers and other industry associations. It has not been edited, verified, or approved by Hoard’s Dairyman.Find out the latest in Dairy Nutrition and Management by attending the Virtual Conference on Dairy Nutrition and Management in Four States in 2021 June 9-10. The new format is designed to improve the participant experience. Live morning sessions will be held on June 9th and 10th to encourage interaction and discussion between attendees and speakers. All presentations are recorded and made available to attendees for viewing prior to the conference and 60 days after the conference. A live component is also provided in the general sessions with speakers providing a 5-minute live summary of their recorded presentation. This is followed by a 45-minute to one-hour question and discussion phase between the speakers and the participants. We encourage attendees to watch the recorded presentation before the conference and ask their questions. The breakout session does not have a live component, but you can contact the speakers directly with your questions.

In the morning session on June 9th, Dr. Bill Weiss of Ohio State University will talk about updated energy systems for dairy cows. Dr. Jim Drackley from the University of Illinois will explain a new system for determining the nutritional needs of young dairy calves. A panel discussion follows with Bill, Jim, and nutritionists to share their ideas about how we will feed cows in the future.

The June 10 session will include a discussion on the treatment and prevention of hypocalcemia, attended by Dr. Jesse Goff from Iowa State University and Dr. Laura Hernandez from the University of Wisconsin will attend. Another morning session will focus on improving lactation performance with highly digestible feed. Dr. Kan Kalscheur, USDA Forage Research Center, discusses their lactation research on reduced lignin alfalfa. Dr. Luiz Ferreretto from the University of Wisconsin will discuss the digestibility of corn silage fiber.

Selected breakout topics include:

  • Dull Calves – Using pulmonary ultrasound to identify a “calorie loss” problem
  • Interpretation and application of new guidelines on passive immunity
  • Optimizing the use of sexual sperm
  • Nutritional strategies for relieving heat stress in dairy cows
  • Dairy cow coccidiosis research with novel egg antibodies and essential oils
  • Using the summer to winter ratio to assess the onset of summer
  • What happens in the intestines in the chafing calf and effective fluid therapy
  • Mineral bioavailability

For details and to register, visit or contact Jim Salfer at [email protected] or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $ 100. This conference is a collaboration between Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.