Dairy Calf and Heifer Association to use virtual format for annual conference


The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association is moving its annual conference online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was supposed to take place in Madison, Wisconsin from April 7-9 will now be held on April 8 and 9.

“While the virtual format isn’t our first choice for DCHA’s Annual Conference, it provides the next-best option that will still foster valuable learning and interaction between speakers and participants,” DCHA member services director Sue Schatz said in a news release. “These unprecedented times call for creative learning and experience sharing venues.”

A majority of the presentation lineup remains the same and includes the following:

• New passive transfer standards for dairy calves and how to achieve them - Jason Lombard, U.S. Department of Agriculture
• Why heifer maturity matters. The Peter Pan problem - Gavin Staley, Diamond V
• Disbudding practices: Present and future - Sarah Adcock, University of California, Davis
• Understanding the good, the bad and ugly of the innate immune response - Chris Chase, South Dakota State University
• Managing and marketing dairy x beef crossbred cattle - Grant Crawford, Merck Animal Health
• Why aren’t we all dead? Building on Mother Nature’s plan for inducing adaptive immunity through vaccinations - John Ellis, Professor, University of Saskatchewan
• Dairy industry collaboration on animal care - Emily Yeiser Stepp, National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program
• Calf nutritional management in 2030: Challenging the dogma - Michael Steele, University of Guelph
• How do dairy animals respond to different handling techniques? It’s all about human, calf, heifer, cow and bull learning - Don Höglund, Dairy Stockmanship

You can register for the virtual event here.