AmarilloTexas, will be the site of this ground-breaking symposium, hosted by Dairy Herd Management, March 9-11, 2009

Today’s dairy industry is affected by many people and influences: government regulators and policy-makers, consumers, activists, meatpackers, retailers and restaurant chefs, just to name a few. Many people would say that these influences are about as predictable and manageable as the weather. Truth is, we can respond to many of these influences and challenges by emphasizing responsibility with the dairy food system.

Where does responsibility begin and who is responsible for what factors?

Dairy Herd Management Magazine, in partnership with Dairy Management Inc., Western United Dairymen, the National Grocers Association, the Center for Food Integrity, and University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will host the first Responsible Dairy Symposium on March 9-11. Topics will include animal well-being, the environment, human capital and food safety. Join stakeholders from throughout the dairy industry and discover what it will take to be responsible to ourselves,   our animals and our consumers — not just today, but in the future.

Who should attend this Symposium? Individuals involved in the dairy systems, at a senior level, whose responsibilities focus on big-picture issues. The target audience consists of individuals who hold the following or similar titles:

  • Dairy operation owners and officers.
  • University deans and department heads.
  • Bovine veterinarians, nutritionists and consultants.
  • Government relations, regulatory, legislative and industry-affairs personnel.
  • Quality assurance and safety directors.
  • Legal and security directors.
  • Lenders and financial advisers.
  • Packers, retail grocer, foodservice representatives.
  • Export and trade specialists.
  • Consumer and market analysts.

The target audience will come from the following types of organizations, creating a well-rounded representation of all of the links within the dairy-value chain:

  • Progressive dairy systems.
  • Veterinary medicine.
  • Nutrition and production.
  • Trade associations.
  • Animal- and food-transportation companies.
  • Packers, processors, distributors and wholesalers.
  • Foodservice, chefs and restaurants.
  • Retail grocers.
  • Input suppliers.
  • Government organizations.
  • Universities.

Content creation will be a team effort between Dairy Herd Management magazine, Dairy Management Inc., Western United Dairymen, the National Grocers Association, the Center for Food Integrity, and the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Themes will relate to four   platform focus areas:  environment, animal well-being, human capital and food safety (animal health/nutrition), including:

  • Ethics in today’s modern dairy industry.
  • Moving from being a target to being in charge.
  • Responsibility of stakeholders to communicate and develop “open-doors.”
  • Taking responsibility for your actions. 
  • Social expectations and consumer demands.  Our role in them?  Conforming to them?

Tour option

Sign up early for an exclusive dairy tour of the Dalhart, Texas, region. We will make stops at several progressive dairies and the Hilmar Cheese company. This is sure to be a fun and educational event. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up very soon. 

For Detailed information and to register please click here.