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Basic Shortcourse Agenda

A complete agenda will be posted once it has been finalized.  Registration will open at 12:30 p.m. on Monday with sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Sessions will conclude at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.

2017 Course Agenda

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12:30 Registration
1:00 Overview of course -- Tom Overton Introduction of course faculty and participants Introduction to Miner Institute – Rick Grant
1:15 Agronomic considerations for forage production and quality – Joe Lawrence
2:30 Silage fermentation and microbiology – Pascal Drouin
3:00 Break
3:30 Practical aspects of silage management – Larry Chase
4:30 Feeding higher forage rations – Larry Chase
5:15 Adjourn
6:30 Group dinner at Plattsburgh Brewing Company


8:00 Integrating feed bunk management and cow behavior – Rick Grant
9:00 Ruminal function and metabolism – Sabrina Greenwood
10:00 Break
10:15 Carbohydrate fermentation and nutrition – focus on fiber – Rick Grant
11:15 Carbohydrate fermentation and nutrition – focus on starch – Heather Dann
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Protein and amino acid nutrition – Mike Van Amburgh
2:45 Break
3:15 Calf nutrition and management – Mike Van Amburgh
5:00 Adjourn
5:30 Optional CNCPS discussion session at Miner (Van Amburgh, Overton, Chase, Grant) or dinner on own


8:00 Fat and fatty acids in dairy nutrition – Tom Overton
8:45 Nutrition and milk components – Tom Overton
10:00 Break
10:30 Heifer nutrition and management – Tom Overton
11:15 Nutrient balance and environmental considerations – Eric Young
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Water quality in dairy nutrition – Rick Grant
2:00 Travel to Miner Institute Dairy Center
2:30 Overview of Miner Institute Dairy Center – Steve Couture and Anna Pape
2:40 Round-robins (40 min each) -- Miner Institute Dairy Center
  • Forage assessment, sampling and particle size, TMR management - Larry Chase
  • New technologies in dairy nutrition and management (rumination tags, milk analysis) – Heather Dann
  • Herd-level evaluation – Tom Overton
5:00 Beverages and BBQ dinner at Miner Institute


8:00 Minerals and vitamins – Larry Chase or Tom Overton
8:45 Feeding and managing the dry cow – Tom Overton
9:45 Break
10:00 Feeding and managing the fresh cow – Heather Dann
11:00 Transition cow diagnostics – Tom Overton
12:00 Course evaluation
12:15 Adjourn (Box lunches provided)

Course faculty

Larry Chase, Cornell University
Heather Dann, Miner Institute
Pascal Drouin, Lallemand/Miner Institute
Rick Grant, Miner Institute
Sabrina Greenwood, University of Vermont
Joe Lawrence, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY
Tom Overton, Cornell University
Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
Eric Young, Miner Institute