Madison, WI– The 2015 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) Conference is just around the corner, where attendees will have a chance to connect with some of the world’s best calf and heifer raisers. All calf and heifer raisers are invited to follow the conference and join the conversation online by using #DCHA2015.
During the conference, March 30-April 1 in Madison, Wis., the DCHA team will post live updates and highlights on Facebook and Twitter, using #DCHA2015.
All are invited to follow the online highlights and join the conversation by using #DCHA2015. New this year, any attendee that posts or tweets using #DCHA2015 will be entered to win one of three canvas prints from Farmgirl Photography. Fellow calf and heifer enthusiast Danae Bauer is behind the lens of Farmgirl Photography, while also staying active on her family’s dairy, Sandy-Valley Farms, Scandinavia, Wis. The three canvas prints showcase Danae’s passion for dairy calves and heifers, and will be awarded randomly to three participants who post about the conference using #DCHA2015.
“The conference will present several opportunities for fun and informational posts and tweets,” says Vickie Franken, owner of City View Farms, near Sioux Center, Iowa and 2015 conference committee co-chair. “Our conference committee is excited to live-post on the DCHA Facebook and Twitter pages and to follow what conference attendees are posting.”
Following are a few conference highlights, worthy of making #DCHA2015 trend:
Pre-conference session now open to all attendees
All conference attendees are now invited to register for a pre-conference tour and workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) on Monday, March 30.
The pre-conference event will give registered tour attendees a behind-the-scenes look at both the UW-SVM and WVDL, combined with mini-sessions and hands-on lab demonstrations of calf respiratory scoring, thoracic ultrasound and pharyngeal swabbing. Leading industry experts Dr. Don Sockett, Dr. Theresa Ollivett and Dr. Keith Poulsen will be presenting these exclusive sessions.
Anyone registered for the conference is now eligible to register for the pre-conference event. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Top-notch farm tours, keynote and panels
The 2015 DCHA Conference will feature a multitude of sessions and perspectives with ideas to consider for your own operations and businesses.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
· Farm tours: An annual highlight of the DCHA conference, the farm tours this year will be hosted by Doerfer Bros., Verona, Wis. and Larson Acres, Evansville, Wis. Doerfer Bros. will discuss their experiences with hutches, groups and indoor pens, and will showcase their 60-by-156-foot calf facility with automated calf feeders, RFID technology, ventilation tubes and adjustable curtains. At Larson Acres, attendees will get to see all-in, all-out calf facilities in five nursery barns, sand separation and cross-ventilation technology.
· Keynote address: Hear why California dairyman Brad Scott of Scott Brothers Dairy took the risk of having Hollywood cameras on their farm and how it built a lifelong relationship with a national brand. Watch clips from the popular TV show Undercover Boss and discover ways you can positively impact consumer confidence.
· Calf manager and owner perspectives roundtable: This roundtable will feature three unique calf and heifer management operations, as presented by the employees and owners that drive their success. The panel of Tracy Loos (Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown, Wis.), Darin Mann (M & M Feedlot, Parma, Idaho) and Aaron Harpster (Evergreen Farms, Spruce Creek, Penn.) will share their perspectives that stretch from coast to coast.
Register today to attend the 2015 DCHA Conference by visiting www.calfandheifer.org/conference or calling 855-400-DCHA (3242).
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (www.calfandheifer.org) was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.