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Maryland Dairy Industry Annual Meeting

2017 Maryland Dairy Industry and Maryland Dairy Shrine Joint Annual Meeting: Improving Performance through Better Cow Well-Being

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
FSK Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Fredrick, MD
 

With cattle well-being and care receiving increased attention and the new Version 3 of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program starting Jan. 1, 2017, the Maryland Dairy Convention will feature Nigel Cook, DVM, Head of the Food Animal Production Medicine section of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Cook, an international dairy cattle expert, brings a wealth of knowledge on understanding the impact of the environment on the well-being of dairy cattle. His specific areas of expertise include stall design, lameness, air hygiene and respiratory health, heat stress and feeding behavior, transition cow behavior and metabolic requirements, and food safety. His keynote address in the morning will be on barn remodeling to enhance cow performance, health, and well-being, followed in the afternoon with a talk on constructing the ideal dairy barn.

Richard Doak, DVM, a member of the Technical Writing Group of the newly revised FARM program, will be presenting a talk on “What’s Ahead in the FARM Program?” According to a news release from NMPF, “Revisions occur every three years to strengthen the effectiveness and credibility of its animal care standards.” Dr. Doak will share a veterinary perspective on animal welfare and areas of increased attention in the revised guidelines such as employee training, Veterinarian-Client Patient Relationship, protocols on euthanasia and nonambulatory cattle, and the cessation of tail docking.

Because the heifer rearing program is generally considered to be 20 percent of the cost in the dairy enterprise, having the right facilities to raise calves has been considered a cornerstone of successful dairy production. Dan McFarland, agricultural engineer with Penn State Extension, has often been the regional and national expert either writing or speaking on this topic. The two main goals McFarland will discuss in a dairy calf and heifer housing system are: (1) providing a healthy, comfortable environment for calves year round and (2) maintaining a comfortable environment for the caregivers.

An important part of being in the dairy industry today is sharing key messages with consumers.  And research has consistently showed farmers and producers are the most credible sources of information with consumers. But how does a producer do this? To help with this important role of communication, Amy Yeiser Leslie and Katie Dotterer-Pyle with American Dairy Association Northeast will present a talk on “Leading Positive Conversations about Tough Issues.” They will discuss such topics as animal care, family farms, environment, food safety, health and wellness, and community. For those interested in more hands-on training, a workshop, “Telling our Story on Social Media,” will be held starting at 3 p.m.

Participants will also receive an update from the American Dairy Association Northeast on new promotion programs and Dairy of Distinction recipients will be recognized. The Maryland Dairy Shrine reception and banquet will follow in the evening.

Convention Program:

2017 Maryland Dairy Convention Program
Maryland Dairy Industry Association and Maryland Dairy Shrine
Annual Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
FSK Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Frederick, MD
 
Theme: Improving Performance through Better Cow Well-being
8:30 - 9:20 am Registration/Trade Show/Silent Auction/Dairy Treats
9:20 - 9:30 am
Welcome and Overview of the Day
Dr. Bob Peters, University of Maryland
9:30 - 10:15 am
Barn Remodeling to Enhance Cow Performance, Health and Well-being
Nigel Cook, DVM, University of Wisconsin, Madison
10:20 - 11:05 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Session A: What's Ahead in the FARM Program?
Richard Doak, DVM, Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians, Hagerstown, MD
Session B: Driving Dairy Discussions - Leading Positive Conversations about Tough Issues
Amy Yeiser Leslie and Katie Dotterer-Pyle, American Dairy Association Northeast
Session C: Calf Housing
Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension, York, Pa.
11:05 - 11:35 am 
Break/Trade Show/Silent Auction/Dairy Treats
11:35 – 12:00 pm
Dairy of Distinction Awards
MDIA Business Meeting, Election of Directors, Scholarship Announcements
President Diane Flickinger, Flickstead Farm, Union Bridge, MD
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Lunch/Trade Show/Silent Auction
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Repeat of morning sessions)
Session A: What's Ahead in the FARM Program?
Session B: Driving Dairy Discussions - Leading Positive Conversations about Tough Issues
Session C: Calf Housing
2 - 2:15 pm
American Dairy Association Northeast Update
2:15 - 2:45 pm
Constructing the Ideal Barn
Nigel Cook, DVM, University of Wisconsin, Madison
 
Adjourn
3 - 5:30 pm
Telling Our Story on Social Media Workshop
Amy Yeiser Leslie and Katie Dotterer-Pyle, American Dairy Association Northeast
6:30 pm
Reception
7 - 9:30 pm
Maryland Dairy Shrine Dinner, Annual Meeting and Awards Program

Registration online

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