JBS United announced it will host the sixth annual Technical Conference for Dairy Producers in the Midwest, providing critical education to dairy producers. The conference will focus on "Bridging the Gap: Optimizing Nutrition Throughout the Dairy Life Cycle."  

The free conference will offer two dates and locations: January 14, 2014, at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., and January 15, 2014, at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. Conferences run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch. Those interested in attending should register online. 

One of the featured speakers is Dr. Mike Hutjens, an Animal Sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will present on "Broadening the Scope of Profitability: Maximizing Longevity and Lifetime Productivity in the Herd." 

The other featured speaker is Dr. James Drackley, a professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. He will present on "Setting the Stage: Nutritional Management of the Dry Cow and Young Calf." There will also be a discussion of various other timely topics for dairy producers in the Midwest.

In addition to expert speakers and presentations, industry professionals and suppliers will be on hand to discuss producers' needs.