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17th Annual International Dairy Short Course

September 29 - October 1, 2014

Spanish Course Schedule

The International Dairy Short Course provides participants with a unique experience by combining cutting-edge dairy lectures with hands-on training. Over the course of three days, participants spend their mornings learning from world-renowned professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the afternoons with farm visits and hands-on workshops.

The course is presented in English and translated into Spanish and English. Farm owners, managers, employees, agribusiness professionals, and veterinarians are all encouraged to attend the course.

Location: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703 USA

Instructors: University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Extension professors

Registration Fees:

  • $500 through September 1, 2014
  • $600 from September 2 – September 22, 2014
  • $700 from September 23 – October 1, 2014


  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Farm Tours
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Lectures by University of Wisconsin professors
  • Transportation to university campus and farms
  • Educational materials & proceedings
  • 20% discount at Babcock Institute's WDE booth (IL310).


Monday, September 29

7:00 am - Welcome Breakfast

8:00 am - Lecture 1: Five Keys for Reproductive Success - Professor Paul Fricke
10:15 am - Lecture 2: A-C-T-G . . . Understanding the genomics alphabet and learning how to use genomics to improve farm profitability - Professor Kent Weigel

12:15 pm - Lunch

Workshops to be held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus:
1:45 pm - Workshop 1 - Reproduction/ET
4:00 pm - Workshop 2 - Assessing Feed Quality

Tuesday, September 30
Sponsored by:

7:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - Lecture 3: Too Hot to Handle—Novel Cooling Methods to Reduce the Impact of Heat Stress on Dairy Cattle - Professor Nigel Cook
10:15 am - Lecture 4: Career Counseling for Dairy Cows with Mastitis—How to minimize mastitis and maximize milk quality - Professor Pamela Ruegg

12:15 pm - Lunch

2:15 pm - Farm Visit 1 - White Gold Dairy
4:15 pm - Farm Visit 2 - Berryridge Farms

Wednesday, October 1

7:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - Lecture 5: Best Management Practices for Preservation of Forage Quality - Professor Michel Wattiaux
10:15 am - Lecture 6: The Latest Perspectives on Dairy Cattle Nutrition - Professor Randy Shaver

12:45 pm - Lunch and Certificate Ceremony

    Refund Policy: Full refund, less US$50 processing fee, for written cancellations before September 1, 2014. No refunds will be granted after September 1. Exception: Full refund will be provided if course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

    Note: US visa regulations and restrictions continue to change throughout the year. We recommend you apply for your visa at least 3-4 months in advance of your travel dates.

    For more information contact:

    The Babcock Institute - UW Madison
    460 Animal Science, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
    Phone: 608-265-4169
    Fax: 608-890-3014
    URL/Web Site:

    World Dairy Expo
    3310 Latham Drive, Madison, WI 53713
    Phone: 608-224-6455
    Fax: 608-890-3014
    URL/Web Site:

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