Breakout Sessions

Location: Convention Center Meeting Rooms 1-2

Sponsored by Golden Calf

How soon to feed a calf after it’s been born? Are you feeding colostrum in a way that’s responsible? Can you prove that you follow animal welfare standards when it comes to your newborns? More and more processor and consumers require standards for animal welfare. Have you set yours? Do you know how to prove it? In this seminar, we’ll look specifically at standards for your smallest animals. This in-depth seminar will discuss the existing recommendations as well as the new FARM 4.0 standards for calf welfare. Come and learn how to treat a calf the right way!

Emily Yeiser Stepp

Emily Yeiser Stepp

Emily Yeiser Stepp is the Senior Director of the FARM Program. Emily began her involvement in the dairy industry through the 4-H dairy leasing program where she was able to “borrow” a calf from a local dairy farm to show at local, county and state fairs. Yeiser Stepp was involved in Maryland 4-H and the leasing program for over 10 years and then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management from Penn State University. Upon graduation from Penn State, Emily worked for ABS Global Inc. as their Young Sire Program Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region.  She then went on to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech and in 2011, obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Dairy Science. Yeiser Stepp then served as the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and immediately prior to her role with the FARM Program, she served as the Dairy and Beef Extension Coordinator at the University of Maryland. Emily and her family maintain a small herd of 15 registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss under the Spots-Pride prefix, that are housed at Palmyra Farm in Maryland.


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