The Dairy Business Association (DBA) will be holding its Access Symposium, Feb. 18-19 in Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
On Feb. 19, the event will focus on down cow crisis management strategies. Several experts will discuss best management practices on how to humanely take care of down and sick cattle on dairy operations.
In addition, the day will feature a crisis workshop where producers will learn firsthand how to handle potential crisis situations at their dairy operations.
One presenter, Dr. Mike Costin, DVM from ANIMART, will discuss his own experiences in developing a balanced approach to handling down cows, which is both practical for the producer and acceptable to animal handling experts.
Dr. Costin will discuss the "Five Ms" of the down cow, keys to establishing a down cow team, six procedures in handling the animal and humane euthanasia: 1) Proper Use of Hip Hoist; 2) Moving a Down Cow Using a Sled; 3) Moving a Down Cow by Means of Mechanical Conveyance; 4) Moving a Down Cow out of the Parlor; 5) Moving a Down Cow out of the Return Alley; and 6) Moving a Down Cow Out of a Stall (Cow Facing Forward).
From this session, producers will receive practical procedures, which are accepted by recognized animal handling experts on how to best handle a down cow.
Several other experts will also present and discuss crisis management strategies during the symposium.
Attorney David Crass of Michael Best & Friedrich will talk about legal risks dairy producer owners face when employees act illegally and Dr. Eyal Misha of ENGS Corporation will discuss how technology can play a role in quick alerts for fast action to save cows.
In addition, Dave Smith, a dairy manager with Elberta Valley AG from Elberta, UT, will explain his standard operating procedures, guidelines, employee training and third party auditing that he has implemented to manage animals in a manner that results in extraordinary animal care practices.
While the second day of the event is jam-packed with valuable information for producers, the first day of the Access Symposium is not to be missed, either.
Key State Secretaries including Sec. Cathy Stepp and Sec. Ben Brancel will provide a presentation regarding current regulations facing producers.
Producers will then have the opportunity to interact with staff members from each Secretary's office. During these small group interactions, producers will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on policy implementation, share some of the challenges they face and work with the staff members to come up with collaborative implementation solutions
The trade show aspect will still be a huge part of this year's Access Symposium. Trade show displays throughout the symposium will provide vendors and organizations the opportunity to showcase their products and services and will allow dairy producers to see the latest industry trends.
The new dynamic format of the DBA Access Symposium is an event not to be missed, as it will focus on discussing current issues, interacting with key decision-makers and making a positive influence on factors impacting the future of dairy operations.
For more information, visit www.widba.com or call 920-213-7588.