International symposium on dairy cattle


International Symposium on Dairy Cattle Nutrition 2015: Dairy cow nutrition and animal health

Keeping dairy cows healthy is one of the most important tasks in dairy farming. Clinically or subclinically ill dairy cows produce less and are costly in terms of time and money. Preventive measures that help to reduce the incidence of metabolic and infectious diseases help to improve dairy cow welfare, performance and longevity – starting with optimal nutrition.

During the International Dairy Nutrition Symposium 2015, seven experts from the Netherlands and abroad have presented their vision on different aspects of dairy cow nutrition in relation with animal health, on Thursday 22 October 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The symposium is organized by the Centre for Animal Nutrition, in cooperation with Balchem Corporation, Diamond V, Cargill Animal Nutrition and Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences.

Programme and presentations
Time Title Speaker Organisation
9:00h Coffee and registration
9:30h Welcome and opening
9:45h Customising dry period length to improve adaptation to lactation - presentation Ariette van Knegsel Wageningen UR
10:30h GH and IGF1 uncoupling: consequences and management - presentation Claire Wathes Royal Veterinary College, University of London
11:15h How transition cow nutrient metabolism influences the immune system - presentation Barry Bradford Kansas State University
12:00h Lunch break
13:30h Subclinical acidosis in dairy cattle - presentation Georg Eller HCS Herdenmanagement Consulting & Service
14:15h Aspects of rumen adaptation - presentation Kasper Dieho Wageningen UR
15:00h Coffee break
15:30h The role of body condition in lameness - presentation Reuben Newsome University of Nottingham
16:15h Predicting and identifying health problems through changes in dairy cow behaviour - presentation Trevor DeVries University of Guelph
17:00h Closure and farewell drink


Hof van Wageningen, Hotel en Congrescentrum
Lawickse Allee 9
6701 AN Wageningen
Telefoon 0317 490 133

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Hotel accommodation

Hotel accommodation can also be arranged at the Hof van Wageningen Conference Centre. Click here for more information and online reservations.


For more information, please contact the organizing committee.