The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Conference Committee has scheduled another great lineup of speakers and presenters, including Gary Sipiorski, dairy development manager, Vita Plus Corp.; Kerry Scott, H2A program manager, Mid-Atlantic Solutions Inc.; and Gary Conklin, Conklin Farms. The 2012 Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference will be held March 20-21, in Visalia, California, centrally located in California's dairy country.

"This is the premier event in the dairy calf and heifer replacement industry that brings together in one place an elite group of speakers and experts who present material that producers can use on their operations to be more efficient and profitable," said John Bernard, DCHA senior advisor and chairman of the 2012 Conference Committee.

At the conference, you’ll learn about new industry trends and ways to improve your business management skills. The breakout sessions, some of which will be available in Spanish, will cover topics such as:
• Low stress animal handling
• Economics of accelerated growth
• Estrus synchronization for heifers
• Preventing lameness
• Motivating employees
• Reducing feed shrink
• And more!

There will be wet lab demonstrations by highly-respected veterinarians and discussions by experts on how you can implement DCHA's Gold Standards III, animal welfare standards for rearing dairy calves and heifers, into your operation.

The conference is a great way to network with leading calf and heifer growers, fellow professionals and old and new friends. At the trade show, you will be able to discuss your calf and heifer operation's unique issues and product needs with exhibitors.


Make plans now to join DCHA members and others in the dairy industry from around the country. Online registration will open Jan. 9. Visit the DCHA website for the latest updates or contact DCHA at 877-HEIFERS for news.

The conference and trade show will be held at the Visalia Convention Center. Sponsors and exhibitors interested in getting a jump on the competition may contact Teresa Lee, DCHA assistant executive director, at 877-HEIFERS for more information. PD

—From DCHA news release