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3rd Annual Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

Event date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, June 1, 2018 - 5:00pm
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas; Scottsdale, Arizona

The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium:
Intersection of Best Practices and Sustainability

The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium will bring together dairy farmers, veterinarians, consultants, universities, and the dairy community to discuss best recommended practices with focus on animal well-being, management, husbandry, animal-people interaction, health, and productivity. The first keynote speaker will be Dr. Carl Safina discussing “animal emotions, feelings and social interaction needs”. Other speakers will include Mandi McLeod, Janet Helms, David Kelton, Jack Rodenburg, Conrad Spangler, Charlotte Winder, Geoffrey Dahl, Robert Hagevoort, Cassandra Tucker, Mike McCloskey, and Nina Von Keyserlingk. The program will also include short oral presentations on dairy welfare-related research by students from universities across the country. The symposium is targeted towards dairy producers, consultants, dairy industry reps, academia/Extension, and veterinarians.

New this year is the inclusion of a Spanish-speaking session targeted towards farm managers, herdsmen, and key employees. This session will be held during the afternoon of the first day, May 31st. The goal for this Spanish-speaking session is to teach the basics of animal welfare, why it is important on the dairy, and how to train other employees.  Completion of this session will count towards required annual training outlined in the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program.

CE Credit (13 hours)

Dates & Location


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  • Full Symposium

    • Includes breakfast, lunch, and break for both days
    • Includes free registration for optional Spanish-speaking session
    • Early Bird Registration (ends April 30th): $200
    • Student Registration (30 spots available): $75
  • Spanish-Speaking Session Only
    Thursday, May 31st, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    • Includes break
    • Individual rate: $75
    • Farm rate (maximum of 4 people): $200

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