April 3 - 4, 2023

Doubletree by Hilton - East Syracuse, New York

2022 Agenda

Our education committee is working hard to confirm an engaging agenda for the 2022 conference. Stay tuned for updates in December 2022!

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

8:40 AM

Immune Development in Neonatal Calves: Science and Strategies to Optimize Health
Dr. Angel Abuelo, Michigan State University

The calf’s immune system is functional at birth, although it is immature and naïve. This session will review neonatal calf immunology and the factors affecting immune development in calves, providing a functional understanding of the immune responses of newborn calves as well as which strategies can be used on farms to improve neonatal immunity and subsequently reduce disease incidence.

9:30 AM

Fatty Acids to Boost Profit
Dr. Kevin Harvatine, Penn State University

Fatty acids provide a number of tools to manage energy balance, reproductive efficiency, and milk and milk fat yield.  However, they also can increase the risk of milk fat depression and can be expensive.  We will discuss managing dietary fatty acids to increase profitability with rapidly changing milk and feed markets.

10:20 AM


Exhibits open

10:50 AM

Lying Time in Dairy Cattle: What We Know and Next Steps in Cow Comfort
Dr. Cassandra Tucker, University of California Davis

This presentation will cover patterns in lying time in response to housing and management from studies conducted over the last 40 years. It will cover the challenges we face in understanding what lying time tells us about cow comfort. Finally, we’ll discuss other metrics- like long bouts of standing- that might be more straightforward to interpret.

11:40 AM


Exhibits open

1:00 PM

Mitigating Heat Stress: Insights and Ideas
Dr. Cassandra Tucker, University of California Davis

This presentation will cover recent results from studies trying to improve the sustainability of cooling methods. We will also talk about promising ideas that could improve cow cooling in a practical and efficient way.

1:50 PM

Feeding and Managing the Robotic Parlors – Individual Boxed Automatic Milking Systems (IBAMS) - It’s Still About Time!

Alicia Lamb, Oakfield Corners Dairy; Josh Poulin, Poulin Grain; and Todd Ward, Direct Dairy Nutrition Services

This session will reveal many of management tips across many makes and models of Individual Boxed Automatic Milking Systems (IBAMS).  The latest developments in troubleshooting animal traffic and how to avoid the pitfalls associated with these types of systems.  There will also be some information on what we can expect to see in the near future from this industry.

3:20 PM


Hotel Information

Conference Hotel

Doubletree Hotel
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 432-0200

Complimentary airport shuttle available.

    Group Room Block and Rate

    $114.00 per night single/double occupancy

    Group Code: HHC
    Book Online

    Reservation Deadline: March 3, 2023

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

    • Rates apply to reservations between April 3 and 5 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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