The Healthy Calf Conference (HCC) focuses on practical ways you can improve the well-being and performance of your calves. This year’s conference will feature a dynamic line-up of expert speakers discussing all areas of calf management, including health, nutrition, welfare, and housing.

New this year! The hybrid conference will take place in Stratford, Ontario for producers that would like to attend in-person, with an interactive live-streaming option via Zoom available for anyone who would like to attend from the farm, workplace, or across the globe!

Registration

Click here to view the conference brochure.

The HCC will be hosted by Veal Farmers of Ontario on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. We look forward to having you join us for our first-ever hybrid event!

With a new hybrid format, the Healthy Calf Conference will deliver the same high-quality content, but in a more flexible way. In-person registration includes a full day of presentations, a calf-focused trade show, and hot lunch. Online registration includes the Zoom link to watch a full day of live-streamed talks. Providing further value, all attendees be able to view the presentations after the conference, and the registration packages also include access to exclusive calf care resources and a digital copy of the proceedings.

In-person tickets have SOLD OUT! Online registration is now closed.

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About the conference

The Healthy Calf Conference is known for our impressive line-up of speakers, sharing practical advice with our audience of progressive calf managers and producers. Click here to meet this year’s all-Canadian speaker line-up, some of the most respected professionals in the field of calf management.

Draft agenda

Discovering effective antimicrobial alternatives
Aaron Keunen, Mapleview Agri Ltd.

Through research and innovation, Truvital Animal Health is developing and validating safe and effective alternatives for use in promoting improved health and welfare for calves. Public health risks associated with antimicrobial resistance continue to increase. In this presentation, Aaron Keunen of Truvital will speak about Lactifen. Lactifen has shown to reduce the severity and duration of diarrhea in calves, and improve weight gain following a diarrhea challenge.

Proper ventilation – A key to raising healthy calves
Harold House, M.Sc. P.Eng., DairyLogix

Proper ventilation isn’t the only key to raising healthy calves, but it does play a major role. In this presentation, Harold will discuss the ventilation requirements for raising healthy calves, ventilation components for natural and fan ventilation systems, and positive pressure ventilation tube systems. He will also discuss other factors that contribute to success and failure of ventilation including drainage, drafts, and bedding.

Ventilation systems and their application for individual and group housing will be presented. Harold will also talk about troubleshooting ventilation issues in calf facilities

Managing Salmonella Dublin on veal farms
Dr. Frédéric Beaulac, Triple V Veterinary Services

Dr. Beaulac shares his over 10 years of experience managing Salmonella Dublin (S. Dublin) challenges on veal farms. Dr. Beaulac will share the kinds of clinical symptoms he usually expects calves with S. Dublin to present, how he works with producers to control an outbreak, and the steps that can be taken to help prevent further spread of the disease.

Salmonella Dublin – An Ontario perspective
Dr. Cynthia Miltenburg, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Salmonella Dublin, first reported in Ontario in 2012, has steadily been identified on new veal and dairy farms since. This disease is recognized as a threat to Ontario cattle farms due its high morbidity and mortality in calves, the pattern of multi-drug resistance associated with cases, and the risk to cattle caregivers and food safety. Dr. Miltenburg will share data on the prevalence of Salmonella Dublin in Ontario and why we need to continue to prioritize prevention and control.

Fit to ship: Insights into transport practices that promote good calf health and welfare outcomes
Dr. Devon Wilson, University of Guelph

Calf transportation is a hot topic with increased oversight and concern for ensuring young calves successfully reach their final destination. New research has been trying to tackle questions about what age and under what conditions calves can be successfully transported. Dr. Wilson will bring some context to current calf transport practices across Canada and highlight new and ongoing research that aims to understand how farmers can ensure their calves are fit to ship.

There ain’t no bodies like Antibodies – How to ensure you are getting the most from your colostrum management program
Dr. Kelly Barratt, Heartland Vet Services

During this presentation we will review colostrum guidelines, practical techniques, and equipment that you can implement on your farm to manage, monitor, and improve calf health and welfare.

New concepts in preweaning and weaning nutrition
Dr. Michael Steele, University of Guelph

This presentation will outline the newest concepts in preweaning and weaning feeding regimens and discuss how they may be related to future health and performance. The presentation will review not only feeding levels but also feed composition and how we can design feeding programs to improve gut health, growth, and development.

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