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3rd LifeStart Calf Symposium

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Monday 16th October

Evening: Welcome Reception (optional from 18:00)

Tuesday 17th October

Morning: Research Farm Tour (optional) and practical BRD workshop on farm
Afternoon: Scientific Symposium
Evening: Banquet Dinner

Wednesday 18th October

Morning: Scientific Symposium
Afternoon: Practical Workshops (optional)


Monday 16th October

Time Title Speaker
Welcome Reception




Tuesday 17th October

Time Title Speaker
Optional Research Farm Tour or BRD workshop at the Farm

Buses for the farm will depart from the University at 09:00 AM and will be back to the University by 11:30 AM.

Workshop: A practical on farm approach to BRD detection and prevention:
This session will discuss different methods of detecting and monitoring BRD on farms, including hands on practical skills involving thoracic ultrasound, as well as evaluating housing and potential practical changes. 

The workshop: A practical on farm approach to BRD detection and prevention will be run by Dr. Ginny Sherwin and Dr. Victoria Rhodes (University of Nottingham).
Scientific Symposium
12:00 - 13:00 Registration & Lunch  
13:00 - 13:10 Introduction & Welcome: Day 1 Mr. JJ Degan
13:10 - 13:35 Sustainability of livestock systems Dr. Javier Martin-Tereso
13:35 - 14:00 LifeStart calf nutrition influence on future performance Dr. Leonel Leal
14:00 - 14:25 Role of transition milk on gut health Dr. Mike Steele
14:25 - 15:00 Coffee Break  
15:00 - 16:00 Milk replacer nutrients and effect on performance Dr. Juliette Wilms
16:00 - 16:30 Practical application of LifeStart science on farm Mrs. Georgina Thomas
16:30 - 16:50 Case study  
16:50 - 17:20 Question panel All day 1 speakers
17:20 - 17:30 Summary & Close Mr. JJ Degan

19:00 - 23:00

Banquet Dinner


Wednesday 18th October

Time Title Speaker
Scientific Symposium
09:00 - 09:10 Introduction & Welcome: Day 2 Dr. John Doelman
09:10 - 09:50 Optimal environment to rear calves Prof. Nina Von Keyserlingk
09:50 - 10:30 Reducing risk factors of calf mortality Dr. David Renaud
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 - 11:25 Practical calf housing and management – the latest research Dr. Bobby Hyde
11:25 - 12:05 Precision technology applied to calf rearing Dr. João Costa
12:05 - 13:15 Lunch  
13:15 - 14:00 Economic impact of calf nutrition and management Prof. Albert De Vries
14:00 - 14:30 Question panel All day 2 speakers
14:30 - 14:40 Wrap up & Close Trouw Nutrition & University of Nottingham

15:30 - 16:30

Practical Workshops at Conference Centre (optional)

Select one of the following topics:

  1. Investigating heifer performance and its impact on longevity.
    This session will explore a data driven approach to investigating the impact of heifer performance on the economics, longevity and sustainability of the herd. 
  2. Nutritional Considerations Pre Weaning.
    Ingredients, including levels of raw materials and finished formulations can have a significant impact on calf milk replacer feeding. We will discuss ingredient sources with regards to nutritional value, whilst considering how practical feeding curves can be achieved. How much is too much milk? What feeding frequency is beneficial? How can weaning be managed successfully?
  3. How to manage nutritional strategies for effective recovery of diarrhea in calves?
    The main objective of treatment of diarrhea in calves is to mitigate the severity of dehydration and metabolic acidosis, which is achieved by administering oral rehydration solutions (ORS). Both the administration protocol and the ORS composition should be carefully considered to maximize the efficacy of oral fluid therapy. Recent research showed that current ORS recommendations for sodium concentration and osmolality may be too high for calves. In contrast, ORS with a low osmolality and a high strong ion difference are more effective in maintaining blood acid base balance. This workshop will provide guidelines on how to feed calves with diarrhea and how to evaluate labels of ORS products.
  1. Dr. Ginny Sherwin (University of Nottingham)
  2. Mrs. Georgina Thomas (Trouw Nutrition)
  3. Dr. Juliette Wilms and Dr. Laura Tennant (Trouw Nutrition)

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