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27th ADSA Discover Conference

Strategies for Improving US Dairy Cattle Welfare

NEW! The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved this program for 10 CE hours.

New! ARPAS has assigned 18 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 27th Discover Conference

Conference Objective

The objective of this proposed Discover Conference on Strategies for Improving US Dairy Cattle Welfare is to engage the US dairy industry in a conversation of the growing importance of addressing key welfare concerns industry-wide. 

The goals of the conference are to define animal welfare for dairy cattle within the context of the impact of other issues on other industries and of welfare issues in other food animal industries; describe the key findings from a number of very successful lines of research defining animal welfare and addressing practical problems in the care and housing of dairy cattle; create opportunities for open discussion of contentious animal welfare issues among industry professionals and scientists working in the dairy industry; and encourage conference participants to act as information multipliers thus facilitating proactive adoption of science-based practices that result in improved dairy cattle welfare.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is organized to appeal to academic and industry representatives of many aspects dairy husbandry including facility, equipment, and technology design; animal ethology; veterinary health, immunology, and pharmaceutical business; nutrition, genetics, and other areas.  Graduate students are encouraged to attend


Registration postmarked by April 27, 2014 is $375.00 for ADSA-ASAS-ARPAS members and $425.00 for nonmembers, which includes sessions and most meals. After April 27, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$525.00 nonmember, and will be accepted on an availability basis. To optimize interaction among participants, registration will be limited to the first 140 applications received.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student rate is $195 and is available to 10 students with verification from their graduate advisor on a first come, first served basis.  To register, click the Online Registration link.

Online Registration
Printable Registration Form


All participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations. The Conference will be held at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois.

To make a reservation at Eaglewood Resort and Spa:

  1. By Phone: Call 877-285-6150 or 630-773-1400
    When making your reservation, refer to the "ADSA DISCOVER Conference.”
    This will bring up our block of rooms with our special rate of $129.00 plus tax per night.
  2. Online: To book a room on line, use the following link:
  3. Using the Web Site: Follow these steps to book from the Eaglewood web site:
    1. Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com
    2. Click on Reservations at the top of the page
    3. Click on Group Reservations
    4. Click in the box for Attendee Code
    5. Enter Attendee Code # ADSA2014 on right side of page and click on Attendee Login
    6. Enter your Arrival and Departure information and select your room preference.

      Arrival Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
      Departure Date: Friday, May 30, 2014

Special conference rate: $129.00 plus tax

Reservation Deadline: April 24, 2014

After this date reservations will be accepted on a rate and availability basis only.

Resort Main Tel: 630-773-1400 | Resort Fax: 630-773-1709 | Room Reservations: 877-285-6150 | http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL. 60143


The 106-acre Eaglewood Resort & Spa is strategically located in northwest Chicagoland, just a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago, and 21 minutes west of O’Hare International Airport. The resort is easily accessible via major airports and roadways, and within reach of the area’s spectacular attractions.

Flight options: We suggest you fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  The airport is serviced by nearly every major airline. For a complete listing, go to http://www.ohare.com/About/OHare/Airlines.aspx

Ground Transportation: Eaglewood Resort and Spa is 21 minutes west of O'Hare. Several rental car agencies are located in the airport. In addition, there are a number of shuttle services for hire at the airport including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional shuttle options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/PassengerInformation/GroundTransportation/OHare/Default.aspx

Driving Directions: Complete driving directions to Eaglewood Resort and Spa can be found at http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/Location/location_directions.asp

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago
1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143
Reservations: Toll-free 877-285-6150 - 630-773-1400
Hotel Fax: 630-773-1709

Attention Graduate Students

Reduced Registration Rates and Scholarship Travel Awards
available for ADSA Discover Conferences

In 2009, the ADSA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a special ADSA Discover Conference graduate student registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional rate of $375. The graduate student registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student registrants, including ASAS and ARPAS graduate students.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund will make travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student who attends a Discover Conference. Following a conference, these students need only complete an ADSA expense report (you'll find the form posted on the ADSA Web site at http://www.adsa.org/ADSA_Expense_Report.pdf ), attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Cara Tharp.

Invitation to Present a Poster

Discover 27 participants, and in particular graduate students, are encouraged to submit a short abstract and present a poster on new and innovative research findings pertaining to dairy cattle welfare.

The poster session will take place one evening during the conference and will be a unique opportunity for scientists and allied industry to interact and discuss the latest scientific findings. Abstracts must not describe work that has already been accepted for publication in a journal but can describe work that has been presented as either an oral or poster presentation within 12 months of the Discover 27 meeting dates (May 27 to 30, 2014). All abstracts must contain data, even if only descriptive.

All presenters must submit a title and brief abstract by Jan 31, 2014. The Program Committee will select posters that most relate to the subject areas being discussed. The body of the abstract should be a maximum of 2,300 keystrokes (including characters, spaces, and punctuation; only title and author names and affiliations are excluded from this limit). If the abstract is accompanied by a table or figure it must be sized to fit on the same page as the abstract. The poster board will be 48 inches (121.9 cm) high and 96 inches (243.8 cm) wide.

To submit your title and brief abstract, email both to adsa-discover@assochq.org. In the Subject line, include: Abstract for DC27. All submissions must be received by Jan 31, 2014 17:00 EST to be considered. You will be contacted by March 1 about the outcome of the selection process.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Cassandra Tucker cbtucker@ucdavis.edu or Dr. Michael Schutz mschutz@purdue.edu

27th DISCOVER Conference on Food Animal Agriculture:
Strategies for Improving US Dairy Cattle Welfare

Early Conference Registration Deadline: April 27, 2014

To download the conference program or to register:

To request a hard-copy program or additional program details, contact:
Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences, adsa-discover@assochq.org
Larry R. Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences, larryrmiller@atlanticbb.net
Dr. Cassandra Tucker, DC27 Program Co-Chair, cbtucker@ucdavis.edu
Dr. Michael Schutz, DC27 Program Co-Chair, mschutz@purdue.edu

Conference Sponsors

Conference Details

May 27-30, 2014
Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois
Hosted by American Dairy Science Association®

Conference Format

The Discover Conference Series is designed to provide a format and venue that encourages in-depth discussion of cutting-edge science.

ADSA Discover Conferencesâ„  focus on topics of importance to the science of food animal agriculture and are held in a relaxed, informal setting. Sessions for this conference will allow ample time for discussion, networking and relaxation.

Program Committee Organizers

  • Dr. Cassandra Tucker - Co-Chair, University of California Davis
  • Dr. Mike Schutz - Co-Chair, Purdue University
  • Dr. Candace Croney, Purdue University
  • Dr. Susan Eicher, USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit
  • Dr. Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Jan Shearer, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Amy Stanton, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Janice Swanson, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Larry Miller, Discover Conference Series
  • Molly Kelley, Discover Conference Series