DHM Midwest: State, regional dairy meetings planned

Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Well-Being Conference is April 30

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference, April 30, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, Wis. This year"s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Temple Grandin, world-renown animal behavior specialist. Dr. Grandin will be addressing livestock production with a presentation entitled, Biological Systems Overload—Looking at Optimal Production, Not Maximum Production. In addition, Dr. Dee Griffin who is widely known as a pioneer in Beef Quality Assurance, will be speaking on how proper animal care is not only good for animals, it"s good for all of us.

Additional speakers will include:

          • The Value of a Cull Cow-The Packer Perspective, Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, Animal Welfare Programs, JBS

          • We"re Only as Good as Our Customers Think We Are, Bruce Feinberg, McDonald"s Global Health and Welfare Officer

          • Dairy Calf Care and Management, Dr. Amy Stanton, UW-Madison/UW-Extension

          • Humane Euthanasia, Dr. Kurt Voegel, UW-River Falls

          • Lameness in Feedlot and Cow/Calf Operations, Dr. Jan Shearer, Iowa State University

Registration for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and humane officers is $75 on or before April 16; $85 after April 16. General registration fee is $45 on or before April 16; $55 after April 16.

This program has been approved for up to 5.4 hours of continuing education credits for veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians, and humane officers. One Beef/Dairy Beef Quality Assurance credit will be offered. Four credits will be offered for American Registry for Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

Please view program flier or visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/animalhusbandryconference/ for the program agenda and registration information. The program is presented by UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Teams, and monetary sponsors include: Zoetis, JBS, McDonalds, National Dairy Farm Program, Equity Livestock Cooperative, Merial, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Wisconsin Beef Council, Elanco, and Wisconsin Farmers Union.


2015 PDPW Business Conference, March 18-19

A new generation of farmers is turning to technology to improve work flow, profitability and the care they give their animals. Farmers can test-drive the latest on-farm technology at the upcoming 2015 PDPW Business Conference, March 18-19, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

Expert presenters will be on hand to demonstrate uses and results achieved when technology is used around the farm -- from ultrasonography to drones, from 3D cameras to seed technology. Among the 17 specialty sessions and 18 Learning Lounge presentations at the conference, technology is a leading topic.

"The use of technology on farms is trending higher, and a large number of farmers are curious how it works, or if it is really beneficial," says Kathy Muth, Program Manager for Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), who manages the conference each year. "The PDPW Business Conference is a place where farmers can see the technology in action, and talk with other producers who are actually using it."

Tech-focused sessions at the 2015 PDPW Business Conference include:

· "Ultrasonography for Accurately Diagnosing Respiratory Disease," led by Theresa Ollivett, DVM, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Farmers can diagnose and treat respiratory problems in calves faster with this technology.

· "Wireless Cows and Wearable Technology for the Farm" will be led by Craig Ganssle, founder and CEO of Basecamp Networks. Find out how hands-free technology is shaping farms of the future.

· "Make the Most of Fresh Cow BHB Monitoring" will feature two experienced dairy managers, Jerry Gaska of Nehls Brothers Farm in Juneau, Wis., and Jeremy Natzke, herdsman at Wayside Dairy in Greenleaf, Wis. It will be moderated by Jim Barmore, founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting LLC.

· "Is She Pregnant?" This two-hour lab will feature the latest technology for reproductive management that is becoming more popular on dairy farms, led by Dr. Paul Fricke of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

· "Drones on the Farm: Preparing for the Legal Issues" will be led by Peggy Kirk Hall, Director of the Agricultural and Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University. Farmers should explore the legalities before choosing to use drones.

· "The Connected Farm" will explore how a farm"s data is best organized and stored, and tips for setting up wireless systems that work. Tech Guru Craig Ganssle will lead.

· "Seed Makes Feed" will highlight new plant genetic discoveries are changing dairy ration thought processes, and the potential for future plant modification technologies. Randy Welch, Forage Market Development Manager for CROPLAN, will present.

· "3D Cameras and Other Precision Technologies" will be led by Amanda Stone from University of Kentucky. These systems can monitor behavioral, physiological, and production changes on individual animals so farmers can detect problems earlier.

In addition to these sessions, the 2015 PDPW Business Conference features five keynote speakers and more specialty sessions tailored to dairy farmers at every stage of their career, as well as those who work on or serve dairy farms. The 2015 theme is "Connections," highlighting all the ways dairy farmers can connect with business resources and with other dairy producers from around the world. This year"s Hall of Ideas and Equipment Show features the largest number of exhibitors ever, along with the Learning Lounge stages of topical presentations. In all, there are 40 speakers on a wide range of topics at the conference.

For a detailed schedule of all the sessions at the 2015 PDPW Business Conference, visit www.pdpw.org, or call 800-947-7379 to request a flyer. Register by phone or online.


Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation annual meeting is March 20

The annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation will be held Friday, March 20, at Iowa"s Dairy Center in Calmar, Iowa. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The events for the day start at 11 a.m. and include a cooperative presentation by Dave Lawstuen, Michelle Elliott and Corey Meyer about the conservation efforts of the Dairy Foundation, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and the Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District through the Turkey River Watershed Project. Chuck Gipp, Iowa DNR director, will also discuss and answer questions about regulations facing Iowa livestock producers.

There will be a meal at noon, followed by the annual meeting. The meeting includes the election of officers at 1:15 p.m. In addition, there will be displays from leading dairy industry businesses that support the Dairy Foundation.

There is no cost for Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation members to attend the meeting; however, an RSVP is requested for lunch. If you are not a current member of the Dairy Foundation and would like to attend, please contact Megan at (563) 534-9957, ext. 107, or email kregelm@nicc.edu and your membership can be set up.

Iowa"s Dairy Center is supported by the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, a non-profit, grassroots organization formed to prepare young men and women to operate dairy farms, provide ongoing education for existing dairy farmers and serve as a public educational facility. The center includes an educational facility with classrooms and labs, a milking parlor, freestall barn and calf barn. For more information, visit www.iowadairycenter.com.


2015 Central Plains Dairy Expo is March 24-26

The 2015 Central Plains Dairy Expo will be held March 24-26, at Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Central Plains Dairy Expo is growing into new convention facilities built around the Sioux Fall Convention Center.

The Feb. 24 Welcome Reception and Concert will be held in the new Denny Sanford Premier Center. Admission to the reception and concert is free to dairy producers, calf and heifer growers and dairy beef feeders, their families and employees. Tickets for industry members are included with their booths and sponsorships. 

The indoor trade show space is nearly doubling, with exhibits in both the Convention Center and the Arena. Admission to the trade show is free.

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