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Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00am to Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee, FL

Title: The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium: Intersection of Best Practices and Sustainability 

The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium brings together dairy farmers, veterinarians, consultants, universities and the dairy community to discuss best recommended practices with focus on animal well-being, management, husbandry, animal-people interaction, health and productivity. The first keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernard Rollin discussing “Ethics/Philosophy of Animal Welfare”. Other speakers will include Gwyn Jones, Alison Van Eenennaam, Hans Coetzee, Joao Costa, Emily Miller, Christopher Wolf, Harvey Scott, Alan Theede, Brandon Treichler and Jim Reynolds. The program will also include consumer and producer panel discussions as well as short oral presentations on dairy welfare-related research by students from universities across the country. The symposium is targeted towards dairy producers, consultants, dairy industry reps, academia/Extension and veterinarians.

The DCWS will once again offer a Spanish-speaking session targeted towards farm managers, herdsmen and key employees. This session will be held during the afternoon of the first day, May 29. The goal for this Spanish-Speaking Session is to teach the basics of animal welfare, why it is important on the dairy, and how to train other employees. Completion of this session will count towards required annual training outlined in the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road 
Kissimmee, Florida 34746

Early Bird Registration is open; space is limited to 250 people.

Full Symposium:

  • Includes breakfast (2), lunch (2), social (1), and breaks (3)
  • Includes free participation in optional Spanish-Speaking Session
    • Early Registration: $250
    • Regular Registration: $300
    • On-site Registration: $350

Spanish-Speaking Session Only:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Includes break and optional social hour
    • Individual rate: $75
    • Farm rate (maximum of 4 people): $200

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