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Dairy Research Symposium 2018

About the Event

Transferring Results for Action

Do you have the latest information on breakthroughs in mastitis or prevention strategies? Practical ways to conserve water on farms? Are you familiar with evidence that highlights the importance of dairy product consumption on health?

Transferring Results for Action is the theme of DFC's Dairy Research Cluster 2 wrap up conference on February 9, 2018 in Ottawa. In a combination of plenary and interactive workshops, research findings will be presented in a practical way throughout this one-day conference, covering topics like, Genetics and Genomics: Tools for Dairy Business Improvement, and Dairy Products: The Total Package and New Science for Dairy Sustainability. Three interactive workshops on Factors affecting health, productivity and welfare in AMS, Animal care benchmarking and new practices for dairy calf care, as well as the Cost of mastitis and emerging strategies for prevention will be delivered by Canada’s top experts in the field, leaving you with information to take home and use on your farms.

Registration for the symposium is FREE

Dairy Research Symposium 2018



February 9, 2018

02/09/2018 - 08:00 to 08:10


David Wiens – Chair of the Canadian Dairy Research Council

02/09/2018 - 08:10 to 08:30

Dairy Research for a Healthy World - Highlights

Isabelle Neiderer - Director of Nutrition and Research, Dairy Farmers of Canada

02/09/2018 - 08:30 to 10:00

Milk Products: The Total Package

  • Milk Products: The Total Package
  • Dairy and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes - Anthony Hanley, University of Toronto
  • Dairy Products on Satiety and Blood Glucose Control - Harvey Anderson, University of Toronto
  • Dairy Products and Bone Health - Hope Weiler, McGill University
  • Dairy and Metabolic Syndrome - Hassan Vatanparast, University of Saskatchewan (TBC)
  • Dairy Fat and Cardiometabolic Risk - Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier, Laval University Panel Discussion – Q & A
02/09/2018 - 10:00 to 10:15

Genetics and Genomics – Tools for Dairy Business Improvement

Jacques Chesnais, Genetics Consultant, Canadian Dairy Network

02/09/2018 - 10:15 to 10:40

Nutrition break and room transfer

*Participants will be divided into three groups for the following workshops and assigned rooms

02/09/2018 - 10:40 to 11:20

Lessons learned: Factors affecting health, productivity and welfare in automatic milking systems (AMS)

Ed Pajor, Trevor DeVries, Julie Baillargeon
{This team will present findings on transitioning to AMS: health management, use of new technology and data collection, cow training, etc.}

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02/09/2018 - 10:40 to 11:20

The costs of mastitis and emerging strategies for prevention

Simon Dufour, Herman Barkema, Hélène Poirier, Steve Roche
{The team will present the new results on the costs of mastitis and emerging research for addressing major diseases, esp. mastitis, and the tools / knowledge to best prevention strategies and future developments.}

02/09/2018 - 10:40 to 11:20

Benchmarking dairy cattle comfort and new practices for calf care

Doris Pellerin, Elsa Vasseur, Derek Haley, Marianne Villetaz- Robichaud
{Economic impact of dairy cattle comfort - incl. costs, adoption rates of best practices and improvements; new strategies for better calf care and SOPs will be shared as well as emerging science for detection of injuries using imaging technology.}

02/09/2018 - 11:20 to 12:00

Workshop Session 2

Move onto next workshop

02/09/2018 - 12:00 to 13:00


02/09/2018 - 13:00 to 13:40

Workshop Session 3

Move onto next session

02/09/2018 - 13:40 to 14:00

Nutrition break and room transfer

02/09/2018 - 14:00 to 14:30

New science for dairy sustainability

• WATER - Andrew VanderZaag, AAFC
• FORAGES - Annie Claessens, AAFC

02/09/2018 - 14:30 to 14:45

NextGen Dairy Research – Student Video Contest

Prizes presented by Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

02/09/2018 - 14:45 to 15:00

Wrap up and the way forward – Facebook LIVE!

Émie Désilets, Assistant Director, Research, Dairy Farmers of Canada


Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Things to do

Daughter at the NAC

February 9th and 10th at 7pm.

The most talked-about performance of the 2016 Toronto SummerWorks festival, master clown Adam Lazarus explodes the taboos of fatherhood in Daughter, a provocative performance that asks where dads are supposed to file the wilder ideas and experiences of their earlier lives.

Ottawa Tourism

This is Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Come experience it for yourself.


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