Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference Scheduled June 1-2

The 2022 Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is fast approaching on June 1 and 2 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

RP Nutrient’s pre-conference symposium focuses on uncovering profit opportunities. Learn about the global dairy feed industry, common pitfalls when feeding a low DCAD diet in the dry period, and how to develop your people along with balancing amino acids using the new NASEM model. Speakers include Anita Menconi, Evonik, Jesse Goff, Iowa State University, Milk Money CEO Jay Joy and Mark Hanigan, Virginia Tech.

Four State conference speakers include Tom Overton, Cornell University discussing feeding fresh cows for improved health and performance. Jim Drackley, University of Illinois talking about rethinking the transition period and Heather White, University of Wisconsin explaining about using short term choline supplementation to provide long term benefits.

June 2 speakers include Mary Beth Hall, USDA Forage Research Center providing a NASEM carbohydrate requirement update. Lance Bauguard, Iowa State University, will discuss how transition cow myths can influence the interpretation of a nutritionist’s success. Gavin Staley, Diamond V will cover why heifer maturity matters.

Select breakout topics include:

  • Relationship between transition cow nutrition and management strategies and outcomes
  • Utilizing alternative feeds for profit and sustainability
  • Why productive life matters
  • Dry off inflammation and transition cow performance
  • Alternative forages for dry cows
  • Modifying milk components

Zinpro’s post-conference symposium includes Jeff Firkins, Ohio State University, talking about the role of essential isoacids in improving rumen function. Andrew LePiere will discuss quantifying and modeling branch chain VFA in CNCPS. Dana Tomlinson will discuss how essential isoacids can improve dairy profitability.

A trade show, evening receptions and time to network is included. Continuing education credits are available. This is a collaborative effort of Extension Services of Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin.

For more information and to register, visit or Jim Salfer at or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 20 and $175 after that.



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