A conference in early May will help upgrade the Large Dairy Herd Management book to a new e-Book version, plus it will offer educational opportunities for dairy producers and service professionals.

Planners say the conference is designed so authors of this book may obtain feedback on the chapter papers developed for the e-Book new edition to be published in 2017.

The American Dairy Science Association Foundation says it is working to meet the growing information needs of dairy farmers, service professionals and students worldwide with the conference and with the new edition.

In 1978, the first such symposium was held in Gainesville, Florida, designed specifically to produce the Large Dairy Herd Management book. Speakers’ presentations were developed into book chapters. In 1992, the book was updated. Now, with continuing interest in the second edition of LDHM and requests for an update, the foundation will undertake an e-Book publication of the third edition of LDHM.

Dairy experts from around the world are being selected to prepare and present chapter papers as a first step in creating a comprehensive and essential resource, the foundation says.

The conference is May 1-4, 2016, at the Hilton Oakbrook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oakbrook, Illinois.

You can register online to attend.

For veterinarians, continuing education credits through the Registry of Approved Continuing Education are available. The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has assigned 20 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the conference. Also, planners say the program will be submitted for approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for RACE credits to veterinarians or veterinary technicians/technologists.

Topics outlined for the conference follow the general book outline:

1. Large herd systems

2. Building sustainability and capacity

3. Facilities and environment

4. Milk markets and marketing

5. Genetic selection programs and breeding strategies

6. Calves and replacements

7. Reproduction and reproductive management

8. Nutrition and nutritional management

9. Lactation and milking systems

10. Mastitis and milk quality

11. Animal and herd welfare

12. Herd health

13. Business, economic analysis, decision-making

14. Effectively managing farm employees

15. Precision management technologies

The full conference schedule, including speakers, is available on the conference homepage.