Grow  Them Well. Management Tips from Birth to Weaning


Dr. Mike Van Amburgh
Professor, Department of Animal Science
Cornell University

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fisher Auditorium

OARDC Campus
680 Madison Ave.
Wooster, Ohio 44691​

Proposed Schedule

9:00-9:55 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit with Exhibitors
9:55-10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks - Shaun Weilert, D.V.M./KVVMA Co-President
10:00-10:45 AM Featured Speaker - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

10:45-11:15 AM Break & Visit Exhibits

11:15-12:00 PM Featured Speaker - Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch (provided) & Visit Exhibits

1:30-2:15 PM Featured Speaker - Bill Weiss, Controlling Feed Costs

2:15-2:45 PM Break & Visit Exhibits

2:45-3:30 PM Featured Speaker – Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

Questions and Answers

3:30 PM Door Prizes (must be present to win)


Reminder - reservations for lunch are due by Wednesday, February 13th.

About the Trade Show

In past years, the trade show featured booths and presentations by more than 60 exhibitors and we expect similar numbers this year.  The conference was attended by over 300 dairy producers, specialists, and service providers.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mike Van Amburgh
Professor, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University

  • Doctorate Cornell University 1996
  • Bachelor of Science The Ohio State University 1984

Current role:

Dr Van Amburgh's program at Cornell is devoted to discovery and problem solving contemporary issues in nutrition, physiology and management in the dairy and livestock industries and disseminating new knowledge to students and the industry.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Calves
  • Cncps
  • Cornell Net Carbohydrate And Protein System
  • Dairy Fellows
  • Dairy Management
  • Efficiency
  • Experiential Learning
  • Heifers
  • Lactation
  • Lactocrine
  • Nitrogen
  • Nitrogen Metabolism And Environment
  • Nutrition
  • Quantitative Decision Making
  • Rumen Function And Fiber Digestibility

Relevant Research:

His lab has a 20 year history of engaging in research to enhance our understanding of the nutrient requirements and management of calves and heifers. Previous work identified time and not nutrient intake as the primary factor influencing pre-pubertal mammary development as measured by DNA. This has significant implications for years of research into this very perplexing and controversial issue and allows us to redirect of efforts on factors that can be manipulated and have a larger impact on future milk potential. To that point, recent work has demonstrated that early life nutrient intake and growth rates prior to weaning have an epigenetic or developmental effect on the calf that results in greater milk yield over the life of the animal as an adult. Further, in collaboration a some colleagues, we were able to demonstrate that pre-weaning growth rates accounted for up to 25% of the variation in first lactation milk production. This is a significant finding and one that provides us with a new direction and with profound implications for early life management of calves and heifers. Further, as part of the research into early life, we have started to understand the role that components of colostrum play in communicating to the neonate and are currently conducting work to appreciate the effect of those lactocrine signals.

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