April 8 - 9, 2024

Doubletree by Hilton - East Syracuse, New York


5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Reception with Speakers and Sponsors

Join your colleagues for an evening of networking with our conference speakers and sponsors. Open to all conference attendees.

7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Registration Opens

8:30 AM

Dr. Kristan Reed, Cornell University
NEAFA Education Committee Chair

8:40 AM

Novel Management and Nutritional Strategies for Calves
Dr. Billy Brown, Kansas State University

Dr. Brown will overview recent data highlighting 1) the impact of dam choline supplementation on beef-on-dairy calf performance and carcass characteristics, and 2) the use of novel high-protein corn byproducts as the protein source in dairy calf starter grain.

9:30 AM

Healthy Herds: A Summary of Protocols, Record-Keeping, Herd Health and Disease on NY Dairies
Lindsay Ferlito and Betsy Hicks, Cornell Cooperative Extension

A summary of a USDA APHIS and NYFVI project focused on understanding dairy farmer methods of diagnosing, treating, and recording diseases on farm related to scours, pneumonia, mastitis, and metritis. The data presented will encompass on farm health assessments and animal-based outcomes, as well as highlight project trends for reported disease incidence and treatment rates. Discussion around future industry implications for disease tracking will be included.

10:20 AM


Exhibits open

10:50 AM

Understanding the Long-Term Multigenerational Impacts of In-Utero Heat Stress
Jimena LaPorta, University of Wisconsin

Fetal programming refers to the concept that the environment in which a fetus develops plays a crucial role in determining its health and productivity in the future. In the dairy industry, heat stress is a major concern, especially during the late stages of gestation. This kind of stress can have significant and lasting effects on the survival, health, and productivity of the offspring, even extending to the granddaughters of the affected cows. This presentation will summarize the phenotypic and molecular impact of heat stress during pregnancy on future generations of dairy cattle, and our attempt to quantify its economic impact on the industry.

11:40 AM


Exhibits open

1:00 PM

Next Generation Forage Management Strategies and Practices
Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Laboratory/Cows Agree Consulting

Agronomic practices have a significant impact on the quality of forage and its hygiene, which in turn affects the health and performance of dairy cattle. In this seminar, John Goeser will explore the intersection of Agronomy, Nutritional, and Veterinary sciences with forage. Dairies of the future must continue to seek and adapt innovative practices and technologies that optimize forage energy yield per acre per dollar, forage hygiene, and even improve sustainability. This session aims to enhance our understanding of how these three areas of science interact and discuss what leading dairies can do to advance. John will also discuss how to redefine benchmarking progress.

1:50 PM

NY State Climate Smart Ag: A Panel Discussion
Karl Czymmek, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY; Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University; Greg Albrecht, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets; Meghan Hauser, Table Rock Farm
Moderated by Dr. Kristan Reed, Cornell University

Dairy cattle nutrition is a driving factor in whole farm production efficiency and the subsequent environmental footprints of dairy farms. In this panel, we will discuss diet and feeding management practices that can improve efficiency and reduce environmental footprints, NYS programs available to support implementation of these practices, and challenges and benefits of implementing them in practice.

3:20 PM


Hotel Information

Conference Hotel

Doubletree Hotel
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 432-0200 (press 0 to reach the front desk)

Complimentary airport shuttle available.

Group Room Block and Rate

$116.00 per night single/double occupancy

Group Code: HH4
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Reservation Deadline: March 3, 2024

All hotel rates are subject to state, local and occupancy taxes.

  • Rates apply to reservations between April 2 and 4 only.  If you choose to make a reservation beyond these dates, the system will respond with no availability.
  • You may cancel your individual reservation up to 48 hours before your arrival without charge.
  • Individual names should be used when making reservations.  If requesting multiple rooms under the same name, you will be asked by the hotel to supply individual names no later than 45 days prior to check-in.  We have received an increasing number of cancellations which limits the availability of rooms to other guests.  We appreciate your assistance in making accurate reservations so that we can continue to offer discounted rates to conference attendees.

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Heather Darrow

Conference Coordinator

Animal Science


Heather Darrow

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