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2020 Symposium

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. Christine Webb discussing “Animal Empathy and the Ethical Upshot”. Other speakers will include Julie Føske Johnsen, Nina Von Keyserlingk, Jennifer Walker, Monique Pairis-Garcia, Lily Edwards-Callaway, and Noa Roman-Muniz. The program will also include 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.

We will once again offer a Spanish-Seaking Session targeted towards farm managers, herdsmen, and key employees. 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.

CE Credit (12 hours)

Dates & Location

  • May 27-28, 2020

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Full Symposium: Otisco/Skaneateles Courts
Spanish-Speaking Session: Cayuga Court



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To be opened in December.


DCWC members have unlimited access to full proceedings in the membership portion of the website (member login).