Animal health focus of dairy herd health conference

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MADISON, Wis. – The 2003 Midwest Dairy Herd Health Conference will be Nov. 11-12, 2003, at the KI Convention Center/Regency Suites in Green Bay, Wis.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Dairy Team and the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, sponsor the conference.

The meeting is designed for dairy farmers interested in improving the health of their cows. Dairy industry representatives also are encouraged to participate.

Speakers. Speakers will discuss health issues such as pre-partum intake, keeping and replacing used cows, teat sealants, animal welfare, short dry periods, quality control of feeding, accelerated growth and milk replacers, baby calf health, and pasteurizing milk for calves.

Organizers also plan a producer panel and an optional tour of Calf Source, the largest custom wet calf raiser in the state, with more than 6,000 head on site.

Speakers at the conference are University and industry experts on health of dairy animals.

Two panels of dairy producers will discuss their experiences with monitoring and maintaining milk quality and pasteurizing.

Deadlines. The registration deadline is Nov. 3. The registration fee for the two-day conference, all materials, breaks, lunch and banquet is $150.

The fee for both the conference and optional tour is $165. Late registration or on-site registration will be slightly more.

Make checks payable to UW-Madison and mail or fax registration to CALS Outreach Services, 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706, or fax to 608-262-5088.

For additional registration information, call 608-263-1672.

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