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25 Years of Growing Your Dairy’s Future’

Published on 31 March 2021

2021 annual conference

April 6-8, 2021
Appleton, Wisconsin

Themed “25 Years of Growing Your Dairy’s Future,” the 2021 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association annual conference and trade show is set for April 6-8, 2021. Attendees can join the conference in person in Appleton, Wisconsin, or on livestream. Conference presenters will cover a variety of topics including colostrum, calf immunity and raising quality calves.



Visit Dairy Calf and Heifer Association, (855) 400-3242 or email for more information. View the full conference agenda below.

Conference agenda

April 6
8 a.m. – Registration opens

9:15 a.m. – Optional tour: Shiloh Dairy, Brillion, Wisconsin

2 p.m. – “Colostrum deconstructed: Transforming our approach in an ever-changing world”

3:15 p.m. – “Impact of Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation products on the calf immune response and susceptibility to respiratory infection”


4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Reception

Located in trade show

April 7
6:30 a.m. – Breakfast

7 a.m. to 8 a.m. – Trade show open

Terri Olivett8 a.m. – “Gold Standards overview” with Terri Ollivett, University of Wisconsin – Madison

9:15 a.m. – Breakout Sessions


(Choose one)

Jodi McGillTrack A – “Targeting the immune system to reduce and prevent bovine respiratory disease” with Jodi McGill, Iowa State University

Amelia WoolumsTrack B – “Vaccinating calves and heifers: Why do we do what we do?” with Amelia Woolums, Mississippi State University

Jackie BoermanTrack C – “Dairy data deep dive: Insights on the impact of early life on future performance” with Jackie Boerman, Purdue University


10:15 a.m. – Break

10:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions: repeated

11:30 a.m. – Lunch

12:15 p.m. – DCHA annual business meeting

1 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

Mike NagorskeTrack A – “Serum total protein – An accurate or deceiving test for monitoring passive transfer status” with Mike Nagorske, SCCL

Track B
– “Healthy calves + Efficient operation = Sustainable business” with Phillip Visser, Ecolab

Jorge DelagadoTrack C – “Developing relations with the people that are behind a healthy calf” producer panel, moderated by Jorge Delgado, Alltech

2 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: repeated

3 p.m. – Break

Matt Rush3:15 p.m. – “Planting the seeds of greatness” with Matt Rush, The Gooder Guy


4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Reception

Located in the trade show

April 8

7 a.m. – Breakfast

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Trade show open

8:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

(Choose one)

Alex BachTrack A – “Key aspects of solid feed for calves from birth to post-weaning: nutrients, physical forms and quantity” with Alex Bach, ICREA


Julette WilmsTrack B – “Nutritional strategies to support recovery of diarrheic calves” with Juliette Wilms, Trouw Nutrition


Jeff LengemeierTrack C – Calf Housing Panel, moderated by Jeff Langemeier, SCCL


9:30 a.m. – Break

9:45 a.m. – Breakout Sessions – repeated

11 a.m. – “There’s a snake in my bumper” with Matt Rush, The Gooder Guy

12 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Trade Show Closes

1:30 p.m. – Optional Post-conference session:

Matt Dodd“Calf diseases and the judicial use of antibiotics” in English with Matt Dodd, Diamond V



Julia Hamann“Calf diseases and the judicial use of antibiotics” in Spanish with Julia Hamann, Diamond V  end mark