September 2022 Vol. 2
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization®
STOP BY AND SEE US AT WORLD DAIRY EXPO! We are looking forward to seeing our members, dairy producers and industry professionals from around the world at the 2022 World Dairy Expo. Make plans to stop by Exhibition Hall booth #4427 to say hello and get a sneak peek at the plans for the 2022-23 program year. 
Opportunities to learn
Herdsperson Workshop
Oct. 18, 19
Evansville, Colby, Wis.
TACKLE THE MOST CHALLENGING COW-SIDE TOPICS at the 2022 PDPW Herdsperson Workshop with world-class facilitators in an on-farm format. Two repeating sessions will be held on Oct. 18 and 19 with simultaneous Spanish translation. Participants will dive deeper into transition cow care, obstetrics and calving difficulties, as well as the ghosts behind cow losses with a full necropsy. Presenters Dr. Julia Hamann, DVM, Dr.Franklyn Garry, DVM and Dr. Ryan Breuer, DVM, will utilize their on-farm knowledge and years of expertise to provide practical information that can be immediately implemented in your herd.

Learn more here.
Calf Care Connection
Oct. 25, 26, 27
Thorp, Cecil, Juneau, Wis.
2022 CALF CARE CONNECTION TRAININGS SET FOR OCT. 21, 22, AND 23 to give calf care managers, calf feeders and team members the latest in calf care research and a behind-the-scenes look at working calf facilities. Training topics will include ventilation with practical insights on how to provide the best air possible for their developing lungs, calf diagnostics with techniques for diagnosing various diseases, and tips and tricks for growing an effective and well-oiled calf care team. The workshop will be simultaneously translated into Spanish. 

Learn more and register here.
Financial Literacy for Dairy
Level One: Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 14-15
Level Two: Jan. 18-19, Feb. 8-9 and Mar. 1-2
Level Three: Mar. 22-23
Juneau, Wis.
THREE LEVELS OF DAIRY-FOCUSED FINANCIAL TRAINING are on tap at the 2022-23 PDPW Financial Literacy training series. This multi-level, multi-session financial development program was designed specifically for the dairy industry and gives dairy farmers, veterinarians, nutritionists and other professionals the tools to understand their numbers and make the best decisions for their business. All sessions are held at PDPW Headquarters in Juneau, Wis., and registration is limited to 30 attendees per level to provide the best experience. A pre-assessment is required to place attendees in an appropriate level.

Learn more here, including session dates, rates and other registration information.
Dairy Managers Institute
Dec. 20-21, 2022
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
SKILLS AND TOOLS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE DAIRY TEAM LEADERS will be the focus of the 2022 Dairy Managers Institute, held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Dec. 20-21. Participants can select one of three tiers in the program featuring top-notch facilitators including Dr. Becky Stewart-Gross, Michael Hoffman, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, and Linda Swindling. With focus areas on leading and managing with insight, providing positively outrageous service, and mastering financials and negotiation. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided for tiers one and two.

Learn more and register here
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals
Jan. 10-12, 2023
Savannah, Georgia
SAVE THE DATES FOR EXECUTIVE-LEVEL TRAINING, networking and industry tours at the 2023 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals in Savannah, Georgia. This three-day program is designed for senior leaders, financial managers and those who need to plan for unanticipated events on the dairy.
Our world is experiencing seismic shifts that are disrupting business on every level. Experts Dr. Gary Allen, Dr. David Kohl and Dr. Ed Seifried will lead you through an exploration of how resilience is the difference between the companies that fall and those that demonstrate a remarkable ability to innovate, advance and even prosper. World-renowned and backed by decades of experience, your presenters will equip you with the tools and skills you need to position your dairy to withstand unforeseen challenges. As always, out-of-industry tours will be a defining feature of this can’t-miss program.
Hotel and registration information will be available at soon. Meanwhile, save the dates and plan to kick off your 2023 with resilience.
For your dairy
BREEDING AND RAISING COWS FOR AMS SYSTEMS can pay dividends for animals, people and the bottom line. As automated milking systems are more prevalent around the world, more data is available to determine both genetic traits and behaviors that make a cow most successful in the system. An article from Michigan State Extension points out that early life socialization for calves can impact the ability to cope and learn new skills, which may be applicable when adapting to AMS after calving. Read the full article here for more strategies and benefits of AMS pre-training. 
MANAGING THE PARLOR FOR BOTH COWS AND PEOPLE was the focus of two recent episodes of The Dairy Signal. Experts provided a review of both time management for parlors as well as cow handling and movement. The time spent in holding pens and milking parlor not only affects cow wellbeing in the parlor, but also impacts the amount of time cows have for other critical activities like feeding and lying time. For example, one hour less lying time each day can result in a 1-2 pounds decrease in milk. They also shared tips for processes and equipment to keep people healthy in milking parlors. In the second episode, two dairy producers shared their own learnings from designing and moving into new parlor setups in recent years, including what worked well and what they would do differently.  
INTAKE-BASED WEANING STRATEGIES CAN BOOST solid feed intake, postweaning weight and structural growth compared to calves weaned at a fixed age, according to an article in the Journal of Dairy Science. Twelve groups of nine calves each were randomly assigned to a weaning treatment: milk reduction based on age, individual dry matter intake, or a combination. They also compared groups of calves receiving either grass hay or a silage-based TMR, with hay-fed calves having a higher rate of intake and average daily gain during weaning. Researchers noted that about 10% of calves did not consume even 200g of dry matter per day by-9 weeks, and more research is needed for why some struggle in the transition. 

Read the full article here
For your business mind
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP when starting new businesses or considering changes in your operation. An article from the Inc. website shares that business owners are often reluctant to ask for help, often due to a fear of rejection or awkwardness of reaching out. However, numerous studies show that many people miss out on valuable opportunities because they misjudge how likely others are to say yes to requests. In addition, because human beings are social creatures who thrive on interpersonal interaction and personal connection, the majority enjoy sharing our learnings and helping others, or even just sharing some pleasantries with them.

Read more here.
WHEN SHOULD YOU DELEGATE DECISIONS? While it is important to make smart decisions as a leader, empowering your team with decision-making abilities allows them to build their own skills and confidence as well. Assessing the riskiness of a decision with four questions can help you determine what decisions can be delegated. 

1.      Who gets involved in making the decision?
2.      How much time should be spent?
3.      How much certainty is required?
4.      What is our company’s tolerance for error?

Read the full article to learn more about each of these questions. 
DURABLE FAMILY HARMONY PROVIDES FOUNDATION to withstand business or other challenges for a family business, according to an article from The Family Business Consulting Group. Family harmony, or how people get along both in family and business situations, should be a goal for operations and must be nurtured as both the family and business change or grows. The “DURABLE” checklist offers questions in several key areas:

  • D – Desire
  • U – Understanding
  • R – Reflection
  • A – Accountability
  • B -Believe
  • L – Love
  • E – Enough

Learn more in the full article
The Dairy Signal
KEEP TUNING IN TO THE DAIRY SIGNAL. In its third year of bringing valuable information to the dairy industry, The Dairy Signal™ continues to bring together leading experts across dairy and agricultural industries, universities, and government and regulatory associations for insights on the most pressing issues in today’s marketplace. The 60-minute sessions air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with recorded episodes available for free at Click here to find archived recordings of sessions.
Presenters and topics covered recently include:
Get back to basics on mastitis prevention and management by focusing on the bacteria that causes this disease, and the environmental conditions that allow them to thrive. Hear about ways to improve cow health and milk quality.
  • Maria Jose Fuenzalida, PhD, GLP and Non-GLP Study Coordinator, Pathway Preclinical Services
Learn about the impact that milking parlor equipment and management have on animal wellbeing, including the amount of time cows should spend in the parlor and what happens if they are there too long. Also hear about potential solutions to parlor equipment challenges.
  • Marcia Endres, PhD, Professor, Animal Science Department, and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Doug Reinemann, Professor and Chair of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Tune in for a dairy producer panel on parlor management focused on key questions like parlor staffing, scheduling, systems and equipment and parlor design. Bring your questions for real-world insights on improving processes and animal wellbeing in the milking parlor.
  • Rick Roden, Part Owner, Roden Echo Valley, LLC
  • Zoey Nelson, COO of Brooks Farm 1855, LLC
What is limiting your dairy farm’s success? Learn about six areas that will help you scale up your dairy management skills and identify the current limitations to success.
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development and Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
  • Tim Schaefer, Certified Family Business Advisor, Certified Professional Business Coach, Encore Consultants
The September Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase will feature research conducted at the University of Florida. Graduate students will share their work on the impact of choline supplementation to in vitro embryos and the impact on calves, as well as choline supplementation at the time of conception. The Graduate Research Showcase is sponsored by Balchem.
  • Dr. Peter Hansen, PhD, Professor, University of Florida
  • Lané Haimon, PhD student, University of Florida
  • Masroor Sagheer, PhD student, University of Florida
As temperatures cool and we wrap up the third quarter of 2022, tune in to hear the latest news in dairy markets, trends and exports, as well as a look at what to expect in the final three months of the year.
  • Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst of AgResource Company
Dairy currents
SUBMIT COMMENTS FOR FARM PROGRAM ANIMAL CARE VERSION 5 REVISIONS through an online survey tool open through Oct. 28. All dairy industry stakeholders (farmers, allied industry, customers, etc.) are invited to provide comments, feedback and concerns related to the proposed revised standards compiled by the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program. The standards are revised every three years to reflect the most current science and best management practices within the dairy industry. Click here to view the proposed standard updates, provide comments and learn more about the FARM program here.
ARE BUTTER BOARDS THE NEXT BIG TREND? Charcuterie boards of meat, cheese, vegetables and more have become the centerpiece of parties and receptions in recent years. A new “butter board” trend has started to appear on social media and blogs featuring a wooden slab with a spread of butter topped with herbs and seasonings, and crusty bread for dipping. See more in this article from Bon Appetit. 
CONSUMER SPENDING REMAINS RESILIENT AMID INFLATION and rising costs, according to retail reports from August 2022. An article from Supermarket News reports that U.S. retail and food service sales were up just 0.3% from July 2022, but 9.1% higher than August 2021 levels. While consumers are increasingly looking for value to make their dollars stretch, they continue to spend to meet household needs. Read the full article to learn more.
Update from your Dairy Innovation Hub
Can incorporating biochar into manure systems improve air quality and odor management?

Manure from dairy facilities impacts water quality, greenhouse gas emissions and odor. Agriculture contributes 50 percent of global emissions of methane and 80 percent of nitrous oxide. Additionally, community complaints about odor associated with dairy manure are a common occurrence in Wisconsin. Farmers are looking for a cost-effective method to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce odor from manure systems. The purpose of this study is to evaluate biochar incorporation into two manure management systems, including manure storages and anaerobic digestion, to reduce production of GHG, mitigate odors and advance economic feasibility of anaerobic digestion by improving biogas quality.

Working with the Dairy Innovation Hub has allowed for this applied research to be conducted at UW-Platteville. Working with our bench-top anaerobic digestion system in the lab, we have already identified that biochar can greatly reduce the production of hydrogen sulfide in livestock anaerobic digestion system, but the type of biochar is critical to performance. It is our hope that by reducing the production of hydrogen sulfide in the anaerobic digestion systems, it will improve current anaerobic digestion systems in Wisconsin while allowing for more Wisconsin dairy farmers to potentially adopt the systems. The data produced from this study is already being applied in the dairy industry, as a larger industry partner has decided to test our biochar-dosing idea in larger-scale digesters to reduce the burden of hydrogen sulfide on livestock systems in Wisconsin.

The goal of the current anaerobic digestion research is to continue investigating why biochar reduces hydrogen sulfide production and test it on larger scales. Four small pilot-scale digesters were installed at UW–Platteville Pioneer Farm to research systems like those in operation in Wisconsin. An additional manure storage study began in July to assess emissions. Using this study as preliminary data, our team, composed of faculty and students from UW–Platteville and UW–Madison, secured a $750,000 grant from USDA to continue this important research into the future.

Sanford is an assistant professor in the School of Agriculture and a faculty researcher for the Dairy Innovation Hub at UW-Platteville. His research interest is in agriculture wastewater management including management of farmstead and edge of field runoff, nutrient management, precision manure application, water recovery and recycling, pathogen inactivation and transport, and emerging agricultural contaminates such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 
PDPW educational calendar
October 18-19
Herdsperson Workshop

October 25-27
Calf Care Connection©

November 9-10
Financial Literacy for Dairy ®- Level 1
Juneau, WI

November 29
Dairy Insights Summit
Madison, WI

December 20-21
Dairy Managers Institute™
Wisconsin Dells, WI

January 10-12
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™
Savannah, GA

March 14-15
Cornerstone Dairy Academy
Wisconsin Dells, WI

March 15-16
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Words to live by
“Life throws challenges but with patience and resilience, you can convert every challenge into a new opportunity to grow.” - Amit Ray
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