International Symposium on Dairy Cattle Nutrition 2019


International Symposium on Dairy Cattle Nutrition 2019: Nutrition and health from dairy calf to heifer

The development from newborn calf to healthy heifer plays an important role in the future performance and lifespan of the adult dairy cow. A good start of life is very important and starts even before birth. Nutrition and management in the subsequent milk phase, around weaning, but also in the further development towards the adult dairy cow, will have consequences for growth, feed efficiency, animal health and animal welfare. Attention for heifer rearing therefore shows to be a good investment for the future.

Organised by Centre for Animal Nutrition

do 17 januari 2019

Venue ReeHorst Bennekomseweg 24 6717 LM Ede The Netherlands

During the International Dairy Nutrition Symposium 2019, experts from the Netherlands and abroad will present their vision on different aspects of heifer rearing, on Thursday 17 January 2019 in conference centre ReeHorst in Ede, The Netherlands.

The symposium is organized by the Centre for Animal Nutrition, in cooperation with Bayer Animal Health, Diamond V, and Zinpro.

Representatives from feed, feed additive and dairy industry, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations as well as veterinarians, students and others who are interested are welcome to attend the 2019 symposium!


Time Title Speaker Organisation
8:00h Coffee and registration
9:00h Welcome and opening
9:20h Economics of efficient heifer rearing Michel de Haan Wageningen Livestock Research
10:00h Effects of intrauterine circumstances on future performance Prof. Geert Opsomer Ghent University
10:40h Colostrum management, weaning strategies and rumen development Prof. Michael Steele University of Alberta
11:20h Protein metabolism of growing calves Prof. Walter Gerrits Wageningen University & Research
12:00h Lunch break
13:30h Effects of intensified feeding strategies on performance and resilience in calves Dr. Christian Koch Hofgut Neumühle
14:10h Detecting "Normalization of Deviance" in Calf Raising Dr. Sam Barringer Diamond V
14:50h Coffee break
15:20h Calf management and welfare: influence of nutrition, socialization, performance, and welfare Dr. Joao Costa University of Kentucky
16:00h Raising the perfect heifer Dr. Alex Bach ICREA Spain
16:40h Closure and farewell drink


Proceedings are available on request.


Registration is closed.


Bennekomseweg 24
6717 LM Ede
The Netherlands
Phone +31 318 750 300

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Hotel accommodation

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