Industry experts with a vast array of expertise will converge at World Dairy Expo to help increase dairy operations profitability and efficiency as part of the 2011 Expo Seminars. Eight free seminars will be offered during the week of October 4 through 8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Learn more about: Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy, genomic testing, communicating with consumers, robotic milking, calf nutrition, somatic cell counts, feed costs and carbon emissions.
Seminars will be showcased each day, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota 2 meeting room, in the Exhibition Hall. APC, Inc., Aspen Dairy Solutions, Badgerland Financial, BASF Plant Science, Dairy Management Inc., DeLaval, Jamesway and Select Sires, Inc. are sponsors of this year's seminars. Following is a brief synopsis of each Expo Seminar.
Tuesday, October 4, 1:00 p.m.
“Is Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) for Dairy Right for Your Dairy”
Dr. Chad Hart, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Sponsored by: Badgerland Financial
Milk and feed prices continue to be more volatile than ever. Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) is an insurance product for dairy producers that is being offered through the Federal Crop Insurance Program. This insurance helps producers protect against price volatility. The product can be used for price protection for both milk and feed prices. Dr. Chad Hart will explain the product, federal subsidies and the rules that apply. In addition, he will explain government interactions with the producers using the program. Hart is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. In addition, he is a partner in FarmRisk, an Iowa firm that develops revenue insurance products, including Livestock Gross Margin.
Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.
“Making Genomic Testing Work for You”
Dr. Tom Lawlor, Director, Research and Development, Holstein Association USA
Sponsored by: Select Sires, Inc.
Genomic testing is evolving quickly and becoming a more cost effective process. New options in genomic testing include 3K, 50K and High Density. Dr. Tom Lawlor will explain how these different levels of genomic information can be utilized to identify high-end breeding stock, as well as, low-end animals to be culled. Additionally, he will outline which animals you should consider testing, what the results can tell you and how to implement a test protocol for your herd. Lawlor has worked in the dairy cattle breeding and genetics industry for over 25 years. Prior to working at Holstein Association USA, he was employed at the USDA Animal Improvement Lab in Maryland and as an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Lawlor was the 2009 recipient of the American Dairy Science Association’s J. L. Lush Award in animal breeding and genetics.