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2023 PNWANC Agenda

2023 PNWANC Speaker Profiles

Monday, January 16, 2023

Preconference sponsored by Zinpro

11:30 am
ARPAS PNW Chapter Annual Meeting and Luncheon – Graduate Students invited

Preconference Session
1:00 pm
The launch of Zinpro’s IsoFerm, an essential nutrient that improves fermentation by feeding the fiber-digesting bacteria in the rumen to naturally allow cows to be better cows
Jeff Weyers, PhD, dairy nutritionist – Zinpro Technical Services
1:25 pm
Zinpro: Challenging Trace Mineral Dogma
Chris Reinhardt, PhD, Feedlot Research Nutritionist – Zinpro Technical Services
1:50 pm
The chemistry of Zinpro. Why it matters
Peter Stark, PhD, medicinal chemistry – VP of Product Development at Zinpro
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Trace mineral needs of modern beef and dairy cattle. 
Stephanie Hansen, PhD, professor, beef feedlot nutrition, Iowa State University
3:55 pm
Beef on dairy cross calves in the feedlot: what we have learned
Kip Lukasiewicz, DVM, feedlot consulting veterinarian, Production Animal Consultation

5:00 pm
Reception | Poster viewing and refreshments – Hosted by Zinpro

6:00 pm
ARPAS Exam Session
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023


7:00 am
Continental Breakfast

Morning General Session
8:15 am
8:20 am
Labor issues in animal agriculture
Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman
9:00 am
Understanding the host-microbiome interactions in dairy calves: intervention opportunities to improve calf performance
Leluo Guan, PhD, University of Alberta
9:40 am
Transforming livestock grazing with virtual fencing
Karen Launchbaugh, PhD, University of Idaho

10:20 am
Morning Coffee Break | Sponsored by Simplot Western Stockmen's

Morning Breakouts
10:45 am
A look at late-gestation and early-postpartum developmental programming in beef cattle
Katie Wood, PhD, University of Guelph
11:25 am
Animal agriculture and alternative meats: learning from past science communication failures
Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD, University of California-Davis
10:45 am
Tackling a burning question: Does wildfire smoke inhalation impact cow and calf health and performance?
Amy Skibiel, PhD, University of Idaho
11:25 am
What really is the role of nutrition in lameness?
Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSC, University of Minnesota

12:05 pm
Lunch | Poster Competition Results

1:20 pm
Afternoon Breakouts
1:20 pm
Forage cover crops and their potential benefits and unknowns to western cattle operations
Jillian Bainard, PhD, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2:00 pm
Ecological costs of the status quo on grazing the intermountain west
Barry Perryman, PhD, University of Nevada-Reno
1:20 pm
Dietary mineral and vitamin supplementation of dairy cows to meet requirements under different conditions
Bill Weiss, PhD, PAS, Dpl. ACAS, Ohio State University
2:00 pm
NASEM 2021 – Carbohydrates
Mary Beth Hall, PhD, USDA

2:40 pm
Afternoon Coffee Break | Sponsored by [TBD]

Afternoon General Session
3:15 pm
Mineral toxicoses most commonly encountered in cattle
Jeffery Hall, PhD, DVM, Huvepharma

4:00 pm
Conference adjourns


The 2023 PNWANC is approved for 10 ARPAS CEUs.