November 2021 Vol. 2
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization®
Present your great idea for dairy on the Nexus stage. PDPW’s Nexus™ is a venue for companies to showcase their cutting-edge technologies to the industry’s most forward-thinking dairy farmers. Those chosen as finalists receive 15 minutes of stage time at the 2022 PDPW Business Conference, scheduled for March 16-17, 2022, at Kalahari Resorts, Wisconsin Dells. For the chance to describe how your product, idea or service can accelerate the way today’s dairy producers operate, apply here by January 17, 2022. Dairy farmer attendees will have five minutes to engage in Q&A with the presenter for more details.
For a glimpse of the 2021 debut of Nexus and finalists, watch this short video. See the PDPW Nexus webpage to apply and for more details.
Financial Literacy for Dairy
Level 2: Jan. 19-20, Feb. 9-10, Mar. 2-3
Level 3: Mar. 23-24
Juneau, Wis.
Financial Literacy for Dairy LEVEL TWO TRAINING sessions begin in January. This multi-level, multi-session financial development program provides dairy farmers, veterinarians, nutritionists and other agribusiness professionals with a solid financial understanding and foundation. Level 1 sessions are already underway, but online placement assessments for 2022 classes for Level 2 and Level 3 are now being accepted. Level 2 sessions will be trained by financial experts Gary Sipiorski and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, PhD. Level 3 sessions will be trained by Dick Wittman. Space is limited to 30 attendees per level, and pre-assessment is required to complete registration. More information here.
2022 Cornerstone Dairy Academy
March 15-16, 2022
Wisconsin Dells, Wis
APPLY TO ATTEND CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY. This three-pillar professional-development program equips dairy professionals with the tools to communicate, collaborate and lead more effectively. View the flier to learn more about the topics explored in each pillar and the presenters who will work alongside you. Designed for dairy producers and industry professionals alike, Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ is scheduled for March 15 and 16, 2022, in conjunction with the PDPW Business Conference at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Applications are due January 31, 2022. Apply here – and do so today!
LEADERS GATHER AT THE 2022 PDPW BUSINESS CONFERENCE. Bold ideas lead to big results – and the sessions and presenters are all designed to put all those offerings before you. Make plans to join the annual gathering of the brightest minds in dairy at the Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, March 16-17, 2022; the latest in technologies, innovations and strategies to boost your business success will be at your fingertips. Invest in yourself with two days away from your dairy and network with like-minded producers and leading experts. Stay tuned to for exciting announcements and more information as they become available.
Connecting dairy’s job seekers with employers is the objective of PDPW’s talentCONNECT™. This dairy-specific platform provides a professional network through which dairy employers and job seekers can post job openings, view candidates and resumes, and search for available positions based on job category or company name. If you’re an employer, create a profile to post your job opening(s). If you’re searching for employment within the dairy community, register for a quarterly membership to view all job postings and grant access to your resume and qualifications. Click here for more information. 
For your dairy
REDUCING MILKING FREQUENCY COULD HELP WITH KETOSIS TREATMENT but has immediate and longer-term impacts on milk production, according to research published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Researchers conducted a trial of 104 Holstein cows diagnosed with ketosis and randomly assigned cows to twice-daily milking or reduced to once-daily milking for two weeks, with both groups receiving a 5-day treatment of oral propylene glycol drench. The proportion of cows milked once daily that required additional treatments was substantially lower, but cows in that group produced 26% less milk and 25% less energy-corrected milk than cows milked twice daily. The reduced milk production continued from week 3 through week 15 when all cows were once again milked twice daily. Authors note that further research is needed on this new approach to ketosis treatment. Read the full study here.
MANAGING CALF JACKETS FOR HEALTH AND GROWTH of young calves can be particularly challenging when temperatures fluctuate in late fall and early winter. An article from Penn State Extension shared tips for effectively using calf jackets, especially with calves three weeks of age and younger. A common rule of thumb is to put jackets on calves when the ground is frozen, but if temperatures spike during the day, jackets may need to be removed to prevent overheating and sweating. Jackets should be monitored once a week to adjust for growing calves, and removing jackets at a reasonable time while a calf is still on milk may reduce stress during weaning and help them adapt to their environment. Read the full article here.
BIRTH CONDITIONS CAN AFFECT LENGTH AND PRODUCTIVITY of a cow’s life, according to research published in the Journal of Dairy Science. The authors conducted a review of 712,890 dairy cow records for length of life and 506,066 records for length of productive life with birth conditions including calving ease, calf size and twinning. Calves from an unassisted or surgery calving and classified as large or medium at birth had the longest productive life. Authors stated that calving ease, calf size, and twinning greatly affected offspring longevity, and such information could be used for early selection of replacement candidates. Learn more here.
For your business mind
UNDERSTAND CUSTOMER NEEDS, VALUE BEFORE STARTING DIVERSIFIED ENTERPRISE is critical to success, according to an article from UW Extension Farm Management Team. While direct-to-consumer prices sound attractive, farms must consider all the additional costs, equipment and planning that’s involved. The “Business Model Canvas” tool identifies nine key questions to answer in the business-planning process to test ideas about a potential product and customer base, then adjust the model to meet customer needs. Learn more and walk through the process in this article.
ASK MEANINGFUL QUESTIONS DURING PERFORMANCE REVIEWS to get feedback on yourself as a leader and how the entire team or business is performing. Questions to ask employees include:

  1. What should I start, stop or continue doing?
  2. What can I improve about my communication, in terms of both content and style?
  3. What more can I be doing to help you navigate uncertainty?
  4. How well have I been following through on the things I’ve promised?
  5. What are the things I’ve done that were particularly helpful or unhelpful?

Read more in the full article
PRACTICING GRATITUDE EVERY DAY, not just during the Thanksgiving season, can have a positive effect on your personal life, leadership and business. Gratitude allows you to embrace your accomplishments while appreciating the help and support from everyone in your family or team. An article from shares tips to practice gratitude daily:

  • Schedule time every day to reflect with gratitude
  • Be authentic
  • Celebrate big and small wins
  • Compliment your team daily
  • Remember to acknowledge your unsung heroes
  • Take an interest in your organization
  • Provide learning opportunities
  • Let employees have a say
  • Create a positive work culture
Learn more about each of these tips here.
The Dairy Signal
Have you seen? The Dairy Signal™ has a new home on our website! Check out speakers for the upcoming week, access our broadcast webpage with one click and view the entire archive list of Dairy Signal episodes. Click here to explore the new TDS page. The educational sessions air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with recorded versions available for free at 

Presenters and topics covered recently include:

Listen here for an update on silage quality from the 2021 harvest season and a discussion of the implications of hard corn kernels and digestibility.

  • 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
Top state officials joined The Dairy Signal with an update on the $50 million in direct aid to Wisconsin farmers through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. They also discussed a number of key issues and topics for rural Wisconsin.

  • Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Learn the ins and outs of farmers markets from a panel of producers who shared their experiences and answered questions about selecting markets, preparing, promoting and connecting with customers.

  • Shelly Grosenick, Owner of Crimson Kitchen and Gardens, Watertown, Wis.
  • Katy Schultz, Co-owner at Tri-Fecta Farms Family Market, Fox Lake, Wis.
The “Rising Stars” showcase series featured ongoing graduate student research at Cornell University, including studies focused on the outcomes of management and nutritional practices on commercial dairy farms, and dietary supplementation impacts on calcium metabolism, health and performance of transition cows.

  • Thomas Overton, PhD, Department Chair, Professor, Animal Science and Program Director, PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University
  • Allison Kerwin, Dairy Field Research Specialist and PhD candidate, Cornell University
  • Geneva Graef, PhD student, Cornell University
Tune in for an update on news in the dairy and agricultural industries, and analyses of markets and trends that have the potential to impact dairy producers.

  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
Dairy currents
SNACKING TREND PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DAIRY. One trend that emerged during the pandemic was increased snacking at home as consumers were not in offices or schools. They increasingly looked for new, bolder flavors and multisensory food experiences. Dairy foods can play a role in this space and data shows the number of new global food and beverage product introductions with whey proteins and milk proteins set a record in 2020. This also fits into consumer trends of protein consumption and looking for clean-label products. Learn more here.
PREPARE AND BE AWARE DURING HUNTING SEASON. Hunting season can be an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends and a welcome break after a busy season. During a recent episode of The Dairy Signal, Wisconsin experts shared tips for farmers and landowners to keep people, animals and equipment safe during the hunting season, as well as recommendations for working with hunters who request access to the property. Being clear with rules and expectations for anyone who requests to use your property for hunting or recreational activities is key. To learn more, watch the full episode here.

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”— Carl Rogers
PDPW educational calendar
Dairy Insights Summit
Madison, WI

December 14-15
Dairy Managers Institute
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals
West Palm Beach, FL

January 17
Application Deadline
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ Application Deadline
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Dells, WI
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