“Building Successful Teams” is the focus of the upcoming Dairy Middle Managers Conference planned Nov. 19 in Harrisburg, Pa. The conference, offered by Penn State Dairy Alliance, is designed specifically for dairy middle managers.
“Middle managers are critical to the success of dairies. They put dairy owners’ decisions into practice and deal with the day-to-day challenges of managing people and cows,” says conference coordinator Lisa Holden, associate professor of Penn State Dairy and Animal Science and a member of the Dairy Alliance team. “The Middle Manager’s Conference was created to help middle managers develop the management and leadership skills they need to make positive changes in their operation while keeping front-line employees happy and productive,” she added.
Keynote speaker for the conference is Clay Reese, a Port Matilda, Pa., native who is herd manager at Rosendale Dairy, Inc., of Rosendale, Wis., a 4,000-cow dairy owned by Milksource Inc. Rosendale Dairy is currently undergoing a construction project to house an additional 4,000 head.

Reese’s keynote address is titled “Building Successful Teams: Meeting the Challenge of Operating a Large Dairy through a Team Approach.” He will also offer a break-out session titled “Using Production Data for Greater Profitability.” Reese’s responsibilities at Rosendale Dairy include herd work, staffing, training and supervising the herd health staff and oversight of the milk harvesting operation.
Other conference speakers and their topics include:

  • “Leading and Influencing Others” by Jim Henion, Cooperative Resources International. 
  • “Lame Cows: Findin’ ’em and Fixin’ ’em” by Ernest Hovingh, Penn State University. 
  • “Ready, Set, Train” by Lisa Holden, Penn State Dairy Alliance.

In addition, two middle managers will share their first-hand perspectives on how to improve communication between owners, managers, employees, and dairy consultants during a panel discussion. Jason Irwin of Mercer Vu Dairy Inc., Mercersburg, Pa., will present “Effective Communication in 8 Minutes or Less!” and Justin Risser of Meadow Vista Dairy, Bainbridge, Pa. will address “Communication: Is Your Farm a Dead Zone?” Jeff Harding of Elanco will lead the audience question-and-answer session following the two presentations.

Advance registration is required. Register by Oct. 31 and receive the discounted rate of $95 per person. Registrations after Oct. 31 are $125 per person. To register, call (888) 373-7232, or register online with a credit card. A complete conference agenda is also available at the site.

Source: Penn State Dairy Alliance