2020 Tri-State Dairy Conference Schedule of Events

Monday, April 20   


1:30 - 5:30 pm 

Undergraduate Student Presentations

(Jefferson C

Graduate Student Presentations

(Jefferson A and B)


2:00 - 5:30 pm  

Feeding and Management Strategies for Robotic Milking Workshop

(Harrison CD)

(Pre-registration required; $25/person) 

Cow Behavior in Automatic Milking Systems

Mr. Joep Driessen, CowSignals, Bergharen, The Netherlands

(There will also be representatives from DeLaval, GEA, and Lely)

Balchem Mini-Symposium

Theme: Methyl Donors and I-C Metabolism in Dairy Cattle

(Anthony Wayne Ballroom)

5:30 - 6:30 pm


Dinner for Students, Workshop and Symposium Attendees, and Industry Personnel* 

(Anthony Wayne Ballroom)

Pre-registration Required

(Sponsored by Midwest ARPAS and the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference) 

Announcement of Undergraduate Student Presentation Awards

Dr. Adam Lock, Michigan State University


*Free to presenting students and their advisors, as well as Balchem Symposium attendees. ($35/person otherwise.)

Tuesday, April 21


7:00 - 8:00 am


8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Program hosted by Alltech
(Anthony Wayne Ballrooms; registration required)

Theme: Enhancing the Dairy Cow Microbiome- What's the Next Step?

8:00 - 8:45 am

It's Not Just About the Rumen

Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

8:45 - 9:30 am

Creating the Perfect Microbiome for the Dairy Cow

Dr. Richard Murphy, Alltech

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 10:35 am

What Impact Do Mycotoxins Have on Gut Heath

Dr. Richard Murphy, Alltech

10:35 - 11:15 pm

           How Does Rumen Health Impact Gut Integrity

           Dr. Karl Dawson, Alltech

11:15 - 11:50 pm

Changing the Game with Analytics

           Dr. Jeffery Bewley, Alltech


11:50 - 12:00 pm


Dan Welland, Alltech

Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference

12:00 - 12:50 pm

(Refreshments provided in Convention Hall)

Midwest ARPAS Luncheon Meeting

(Harrison DE)


12:50 - 1:00 pm

           Welcome to the 29th Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference

           Dr. Maurice Eastridge, The Ohio State University

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Emerging Issue: PeopleSignals - Becoming More Astute, Proactive, Dairy Animal Advocates
Mr Joep Driessen, CowSignals, Bergharen, The Netherlands

Theme: Health and Management

Moderator: Dr. Barry Oldick, Purina Animal Nutrition


2:00 - 2:40 pm

           Minimizing Inflammation in Transition Cows

           Dr. Barry Bradford, Michigan State University


Concurrent Session:

2:50 - 3:30 pm

What We Have Learned About Feeding Management with Cows in Automatic Milking Systems

           Mr. Joep Driessen, CowSignals, Bergharen, The Netherlands

           Moderator: Dr. Jackie Boerman, Purdue University

Influence of Ketosis on Immune Status of the Transition Dairy Cow
Dr. Turner Swartz, Mighigan State University

3:30 - 4:00 pm


(refreshments provided)

4:00 - 4:40 pm

Effects of Feeding Methods and Housing of Pre-Weaned Heifers on Feeding Behavior

Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon, University of Florida

4:40 - 5:10 pm

Impact of Sub-clinical Hypocalcemia on Dairy Cattle

Dr. Rafael C. Neves, Purdue University

5:10 - 5:20 pm

Announcement of Graduate Student Presentation Awards

Dr. Jackie Boerman, Purdue University

5:20 - 5:35 pm

Presentation by First-Place PhD Graduate Student


5:35 - 7:00 pm


(Dinner on your own)

6:30 pm

Veterinarian Dinner

Hosted by Diamond V

(Harrison A)

Nutrition Consultant Dinner

Hosted by Feed Components

(Harrison B)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Extension Educator In-Service

(Harrison DE)


Wednesday, April 22



7:00 - 7:45 am

Industry Sponsored Hot Topic

Hosted by Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition NA, Inc

(Anthony Wayne Ballroom A)

(breakfast provided, registration required)

Why Should I Care About Amino Acids

Dr. Mark Hanigan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

7:45 - 8:30 am

Visit with Exhibitors in Convention Hall

(coffee, milk, and snacks provided by Ajinomoto)

Theme: Feed and Calf Management

Moderator: Dr. Brian Horn, Fermented Nutrition Corporation

8:30 - 9:00 am

           Signal vs. Noise- Decluttering a Crowded Toolbox of Feed    
           Tests and Updating Strategies to Drive Feed Decisions

           Mr. Kyle Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. 

9:00 - 9:40 am

          Storage Practices to Improve Forage Quality and Reduce Shrink

          Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, University of Florida

Concurrent Session: 


9:50 - 10:30 am

Variability in MUN Data

Dr. Kristan Reed, Cornell University

Moderator: Dr. Jackie Boerman, Purdue University

Recent Research on Rumen Development in Dairy Calves

Dr. Taylor Yohe, University of Guelph


10:30 - 11:00 am


(refreshments provided)

11:00 - 11:35 am

            A Tale of Two Fibers: Relationships between Undigested and                      Physically Effective Fiber

            Dr. Rick Grant, Miner Institute


11:35 am - 12:05 pm

            Nutrient Management from Feed to Manure

            Dr. Rick Grant, Miner Institute

12:05 pm - 12:35 pm

             Update on Energy Prediction Equations

             Dr. Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University


12:35 pm


(Lunch provided in Convention Hall)

Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference
April 20-22, 2020
Grand Wayne Center
120 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Michigan State University
Dept. of Animal Science


Michigan State University 
Dairy Extension Website

Purdue University
Dept. of Animal Science 

Purdue University 
Dairy Extension Website