The PDPW Business Conference, March 12 and 13 in Madison, Wis., is super-charged with dairy business talent assembled in one place just for you.
The keynote speaker line-up will broaden your horizon:
- “Dairying Around the World” features an international panel of dairy producers who will talk about milk pricing, cost of production, feed availability and other factors affecting their bottom line. Panelists: Andrew MacFarlane, New Zealand; Jane Dyson, England; and Jaime Suarez, Mexico.
- In “No Place But Up!” Wisconsin veterinarian Lance Fox shares amazing photos and video of the fulfillment of his dream to climb Mount Everest. Fewer than 4,000 people in the world have accomplished this feat!
- In “Generations, Start Your Engines!” Seth Mattison will offer practical insights that help people from different generations rev up productivity without causing sparks to fly.
- Former professional baseball player Jim Morris, inspiration for the Hollywood movie, The Rookie, tells his real-life story in a way that can ignite passion for overcoming odds. Morris fulfilled his dreams late in life, all the while helping others fulfill their dreams.
- Frank Miles died in a hang gliding accident and lived to tell about it, thanks to emergency room doctors who revived him. He provides the comic relief at Tuesday evening’s dinner in his high-energy presentation, “Laugh at Fear.”
- The entire conference is emceed by the knowledgeable and vivacious Dennis Frame, co-director of the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms program.
Experts will lead 14 specialty sessions with broad coverage of the information you need most…
- Recommit to Safety: Conducting Farm Safety Orientations and Meetings with High-Return Results will be led by executive coach Jorge Estrada, and will teach practical and highest return methods to raise the safety consciousness of farm employees.
- In Decision Making Processes for Your Feed Program, Dr. Brian Perkins will teach producers how to make profitable decisions about what goes into a ration.
- Increasing and Maintaining Profitability During Volatile Times will be moderated by Cornell University’s Jason Karszes, helping dairies fine tune the numbers and increase margins. Dairy producers John Dickinson and Don Jenson will join Karszes and provide insight into how their dairies remain financially fit.
- Make Mom Proud: Understand the Early Life Factors that Impact Long-term Productivity of Calves. Dr. Michael Van Amburgh will share the latest research about the powerful signals a dam sends to the calf through colostrum, and offer practical information that can lead to positive profitable results for dairy animals.
- Beyond Margin Management, A New Frontier Awaits will be presented by Scott Stewart, CEO of Stewart-Peterson Inc. Stewart will present the tools and strategies necessary for dairy producers to use so that volatile commodity markets no longer confuse or paralyze dairy producers selling milk or buying feed.
- The Engaged Employee – How to Increase Productivity Through Five Specific Behaviors will offer the executive coaching of Jorge Estrada combined with producer panelists Robert Hennen of Minnesota and Juan Quezada, director of safety, recruiting and training for Milk Source LLC in Kaukauna, Wis.
- Avoiding Heat-Stressed Cows with Cool Management will be taught by Dr. Jim Spain of the University of Missouri. From dietary management strategies to environmental cooling strategies, this session addresses the profit-robber on many dairies.
- Dairy Stocksmanship: Reconnecting People to Cows will be taught by industry-leading educator Dr. Don Hoglund. A new generation of dairy workers needs to learn animal behaviors that improve the interactions between people and cows. Many “I didn’t know that” moments will come to light in this session, for experienced cow people and those who need to understand cow behavior better.
- Stepping Up Calf Immunity and Controlling Bovine Respiratory Disease will share new research that helps you manage vaccinations to optimize calf health, led by Dr. Amelia Woolums from the University of Georgia.
- New Technologies to Improve Cattle Reproduction will be led by Dr. Paul Fricke, who will offer an overview of research assessing the value of new technologies that promise to improve reproduction in dairy cattle.
- Dairy Globalization: What Lies Ahead? This session will shed light on demand, the all-important balance to the supply dairy producers create. Robert Chesler, head of FCStone LLC’s Food Service Division will moderate a panel that includes Marc Beck, U.S. Dairy Export Council; Chris Herlache, Schreiber Foods; and Mark Piper, president and COO of Fonterra USA.
- No Residues Left Behind is an important update from Dr. Mike Apley on the residue challenges in cull dairy cows and high-risk behaviors on the farm that contribute to this major reputational challenge ahead for the dairy industry.
- The charismatic and forward-looking Dr. Lowell Catlett will lead Food for a Smart Planet, providing a look at the new world of agriculture ahead, where opportunities have never been greater to serve a smart consumer.
- For those who need an upbeat perspective on the U.S. economy and how agriculture can thrive in a borderless world, Dr. Lowell Catlett will explain how creativity, technology and wealth are driving new industries and business development like never before in his session, How the World’s biggest Economy Keeps Getting Bigger.