July 2023 Vol. 2
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization®
Opportunities to learn
Innovation & Technology Farm Tours
August 23, 24, 2023
Dorchester, Wis., and Deer Park, Wis.
SEE NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR FEEDING, RUMINATION AND ACTIVITY MONITORING AND MORE on the 2023 Innovation & Technology Farm Tours hosted by PDPW. Join on one or both days of the tours at JTP Dairy in Dorchester, Wis., on Aug. 23 and Minglewood Inc., in Deer Park, Wis., on Aug. 24. Learn from dairy producers who have implemented new technologies and share ideas with peers during the tours. Click here for details and registration information.
ACE Twilight Meetings
August 28-31, 2023
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE 2023 ACE TWILIGHT MEETINGS to engage with community leaders, elected officials and neighbors about the opportunities and issues that are most important in your community. Each event starts with a dairy tour at 6 p.m., followed by ice cream and open dialogue. Meetings will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Learn more here

RSVP in advance by calling PDPW at 800.947.7379 or by registering here.
Make plans to attend. Invite your neighbors, community leaders and local elected officials, too!

Monday, Aug. 28 - Washington County
Bob & Cindy Roden and family
Roden Echo Valley LLC
5545 Cty Rd. Y, West Bend, WI 53095
Tuesday, Aug. 29 - Rock County
Larson Acres
18218 W. State Rd 59, Evansville, WI 53536
Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Polk County
Ted & Gretchen Johnson; Hans & Catherine Johnson
Horse Creek Holsteins LLC
2080 20th Ave., Star Prairie, WI 54026
Thursday, Aug. 31 - Wood County
Travis & Melissa Marti
Marti Farms
6603 Grant Rd., Vesper, WI 5448
The Future Ready™ research conducted by PDPW with stakeholders across the food chain indicates that customers want their suppliers to be continually learning while offering the best in products and services in a sustainable manner. DACE allows dairy farmers and allied industry to track and report continuing education (CE) units earned by attending educational programs. Farmers and students are eligible for a free subscription; allied industry professionals can subscribe for a one-time fee of $75.
Be future-ready by continuing your education regularly – and tracking it with Dairy AdvanCE. For more information on how to begin tracking CEs and a list of the other education providers through which credits can be earned, visit the Dairy AdvanCE website here
A FULL YEAR OF TOP-NOTCH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS is on tap for the 2023-24 program year presented by PDPW. The PDPW program calendar is developed by our producer-led board of directors with input from PDPW members based on the educational needs they feel are most urgent. Programs are designed for dairy farm owners, managers, employees and allied industry with a focus on building and strengthening the business and careers of the entire dairy community through elite training opportunities. See the asterisked programs to identify which will be simultaneously translated into Spanish.
Check out the full calendar here.
For your dairy
ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS FOR CLEANING AND SANITIZING multi-dose syringes and transfer needles will reduce the risk of inactivating vaccines, tissue irritation and abscess formation that can happen when contaminated equipment is used. A fact sheet from UW-Madison Division of Extension outlines the process for cleaning, heat sanitizing and storage that will reduce contamination from many viruses, bacteria and fungi. Read here to download the factsheet to share with your teams.
PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION CAN PROVIDE HEALTH BENEFITS TO DAIRY CALVES, according to an article summarizing several research studies. While 25-30% of calves have at least one bout of diarrhea or digestive issue during preweaning, only a small amount of diarrhea requires antibiotic treatment. Ongoing research into a calf’s gut microbe and a review of existing research showed that probiotic supplementation improved calf growth and reduced diarrhea. There is significant variability based on the strain of bacteria or yeast used, if it is a live or dead probiotic and the disease pressure on a particular farm. Read the full article to learn more. 
HOW WILL VARIATION IN THE 2023 CORN CROP IMPACT FEED QUANTITY AND QUALITY? Scattered weather patterns in the Midwest and wide ranges in rainfall across the country have led to significant variations in the corn crop. In a recent episode of The Dairy Signal, Dr. John Goeser PhD, from Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UW-Madison, and Todd Schaumburg, from Tilth Agronomy shared insights on the crop so far and an outlook for silage harvest and feed quality. A key takeaway from the discussion was recording the tasseling dates for corn fields, with an approximate harvest date 45 days from when most corn was tasseling. Watch or listen to the full episode for more tips and insights here.
CONTACT PREMIER DAIRY SUPPLIERS WITH PDPW PRIME® and take the hassle out of finding an industry professional for the services and resources you need. PDPW Prime companies represent a wide swath of categories, including animal health, buildings, crops, feed and feed additives, implements and equipment, milk handling equipment and more.
Check pdpw.org/prime regularly to find updated specials offered by the leading dairy-industry companies and service providers listed. 
For your business mind
TIME FOR MID-YEAR FINANCIAL CHECK to review progress against the year’s goals and make plans for the rest of 2023. Taking time to update books and key financial statements, including your income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement, will allow you to review progress against the year’s goals. A few questions to consider are:

  • Are your initial goals still appropriate?
  • What have you achieved so far?
  • Any achievements missed? Why?
  • Any new needs that should have a new goal?
Read more from Penn State Extension about questions and measurements for a mid-year check here.
INVESTING IN THE POTENTIAL OF HIDDEN LEADERS will pay off in dividends for a business. High-potential employees may be afraid to step into leadership roles for several reasons. Making adjustments to communications strategies and company culture may provide them with an opportunity to shine while tapping into the insight of experienced, capable team members. Look for team members who are afraid to disagree at work, are reluctant to express ideas in meetings, are hesitant to speak up, and are unsure how to be heard in chaotic environments. Read more about strategies to find and empower hidden leaders here.
RESISTING THE URGE TO “BE THE HERO” DURING CHALLENGING TIMES will ultimately build your team’s confidence and skills. An article from Kellogg Insight reviewed the instinct of leaders who immediately jump in to try and fix problems when they arise. They found this tactic often leads to frustration among the entire team. Instead, frequent training, learning opportunities and post-event reviews strengthen the entire team. Read the full article to learn more. 
The Dairy Signal
CONNECT WITH LEADERS, RESEARCHERS, INNOVATORS. The Dairy Signal® continues to bring a wide array of valuable information to the dairy industry. From leading experts across dairy and agricultural industries to researchers at universities and government agencies, The Dairy Signal brings insights and the opportunity to interact on the most timely topics in the industry. The 60-minute sessions air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with recorded episodes available at www.pdpw.org. Click here to tune in to archived sessions.
Presenters and topics covered recently include:
Producing output in agriculture calls for a lot of assets, including land, buildings, equipment and animals. Because of the heavy reliance on big-dollar expenditures, assets can become one of the largest detractors to cash flow for a dairy farm. Discover the financial metrics to help determine whether your dairy’s asset mix is appropriate – as well as useful strategies to implement in cases where adjustments need to be made.
  • Dr. Brady Brewer, PhD, assistant professor, Agricultural Economics Department, Purdue University
On top of the minds of many this summer is the outlook for the 2023 corn season. In this episode, we’ll see it through the eyes of two experts who will share what they’re seeing and experiencing. Tune in for a discussion on how to take corn to the finish line for silage, with an eye toward harvest adjustments based upon crop condition and health.
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Todd Schaumburg, Part Owner and Agronomist, Tilth Agronomy
Tune in for an educated look at the turbulent forces driving the agricultural markets and trends that stand to impact dairy producers and the ag industry now and into the remainder of the year.
  • Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst, AgResource Company
Nothing says summer like ice cream. This panel discussion featured two dairy producers who added value to their operations with on-farm creameries. They shared the ins and outs of starting and operating a creamery, with their comments on production, sales, marketing and more.
  • Ken Smith, dairy producer and owner, Moo Thru Ice Cream
  • William Lesher, owner/partner, Way-Har Farms, LLC and Way-Har Farm Market, LLC
Healthy crops start with healthy soils. Join an interactive conversation about the ingredients in healthy soils and what producers can do to optimize their soils throughout the year.
  • Dr. Jamie Patton, PhD, CPSS, Wisconsin State Soil Health Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tune in for a timely update on the condition of 2023 feed crops and what to look for in fields, especially acreage representing a variety of maturity levels due to uneven germination. Our experts will also share what nutritionists are recommending to make the most of remaining feed inventories. This episode was presented in collaboration with the UW-Extension and featured:
  • Jerry Clark, Regional Crops & Soils Educator, UW-Extension
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
Dairy currents
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEAT ILLNESSES during the summer’s high temperatures. An article from Michigan State Extension outlines the symptoms and first response steps for most common heat illnesses, including heat rash, heat-related muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) and heat stroke. Employers can reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses by:

  • Requiring employees to take breaks
  • Providing shade during rest periods
  • Developing heat illness prevention plan and training supervisors
Learn more in the full article.
SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES LESSEN, INNOVATION TAKING CENTER STAGE for food retailers in 2023, according to a report by FMI – The Food Industry Association. Less than half of food retailers (44%) and 32% of suppliers believe supply chain disruptions will negatively impact their businesses this year, compared to 70% of food retailers and 83% of suppliers in 2022. Inflation continues to drive a focus on value to consumers, with nearly 70% of food retailers showcasing private brand programs as high-quality value alternatives. Learn more, including ten takeaways from the report in the full article.
SPECIALTY CHEESES ARE TAKING HOLD WITH TODAY’S CONSUMERS. New consumer research shows that 64% of American consumers purchased specialty cheeses in the past three months, highlighting the demand for these higher-priced products even during inflationary times. Gen Z was the most likely to buy specialty cheese, followed by Gen X, millennials, and baby boomers. According to an article in Supermarket Perimeter, increased sales can be contributed to increased access to social media highlighting how to serve specialty cheeses and the rise in the charcuterie board trend. Read more here.
"Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others." - Jack Welch
PDPW educational calendar

August 23, 24
Innovation & Technology Farm Tours
Dorchester, Wis., and Deer Park, Wis.

August 28, 29, 20 & 31
ACE Twilight Meetings
Roden Echo Valley, West Bend, Wis.,
Larson Acres, Evansville, Wis.,
Horse Creek Holsteins LLC, Star Prairie, Wis.,
Marti Farms, Vesper, Wis.

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