January 2022 Vol. 1
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization®
Applications due January 17

March 16-17, 2022
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Present your NOVEL idea for dairy on the Nexus stage at the 2022 PDPW Business Conference. 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 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 for more details and to apply.
Cornerstone Dairy Academy
Applications due January 31

March 15-16, 2022
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION AND NETWORKING are critical tools for college-age students, recent graduates pursuing dairy-related careers, dairy producers, industry professionals and those who are at a crossroads in their career. Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ is a two-day program designed to teach attendees the distinguishing attributes of three key types of leadership – influential, visionary and servant-oriented.
If you want to expand your networks and effectively lead and work with others, apply today for this dynamic professional-development training that incorporates PDPW Business Conference in the learning. Learn more and complete your application here. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 11.
CAREFUL EFFORT IN IDENTIFYING COWS FOR SELECTIVE DRY-COW THERAPY is critical to success, according to an article published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Researchers in Finland studied the somatic cell counts of cows before dry-off and the impact of antibiotic treatment on milk yield in the next lactation. They noted that a missed antibiotic treatment before dry-off for a high-SCC cow had an undesirable effect on later lactations and milk yield. Read the full study here.
For your business mind
PARTIAL BUDGETING TOOLS CAN HELP ANALYZE the impact a change in the operation can have on profitability. Partial budgeting tools developed by UW-Madison are available to help conduct this analysis when considering new technologies, equipment or management practices and answer questions including:

1.      What will be the increased revenues?
2.      What will be eliminated or reduced costs?
3.      What will be the increased costs?
4.      What will be eliminated or reduced revenues?
Click here to learn more or access tools. 
PREPARE QUESTIONS TO MAKE MEETINGS MORE EFFECTIVE and boost learning for all attendees. A Harvard Business Review article shares tips for more productive, focused meetings, including reviewing the agenda and goals in advance and creating a list of questions that can guide conversations or encourage strategic thinking. Examples include:

  • What does success look like for our team or in this project?
  • How can we apply that approach throughout the company?
  • What resources do you need to take your project to the next level?
Read the full article for more examples and tips for successful meetings. 
HAVE YOU SET GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR? Setting goals for both business and personal life for the next year and decade ahead starts with taking time to reflect and ask yourself questions, including:

  1. How can I live a life true to myself and my values and not the life others expect of me?
  2. How can I work on my life and not just in it?
  3. What’s the difference between a good and great next year and decade?
  4. What are my superpowers, and how will I use them for good?
  5. Who will I have served?
Read more questions and background on each in this article.
The Dairy Signal
TUNE INTO THE DAIRY SIGNAL. Join leading experts across dairy and agricultural industries, government and regulatory associations and universities for insights on the most pressing issues in today’s marketplace. The educational sessions air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with recorded episodes available for free at pdpw.org. Click here to find archived recordings of sessions. 

Presenters and topics covered recently include:
Tune in for a discussion on the choices we can make toward a healthier lifestyle, and hear tips for avoiding injury with repetitive movements on the farm. Find out how stretching and techniques for lifting and bending can be helpful.

  • Amy Mydral Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting
  • Jenna Gibbs, Director of Operations, Ag Health and Safety Alliance; Personal Trainer, University of Iowa

Learn more about the role trace minerals play in cow diets and health, and glean practical strategies to ensure cows are getting the most of their rations.

  • Daryl Kleinschmit, Discovery Researcher Dairy, Zinpro Corporation

Start the year with a look at the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry now and through 2022.

  • Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company

Take a deep dive into how coronavirus breaks down in humans and learn how vaccines work, starting with the basics.

  • Dr. Chris Ashworth, DVM, Discovery Researcher-Beef, Global Veterinarian, Zinpro Performance Minerals

Start the new year off with a discussion on tax preparation, from tips for 2021 filing and claims, to a review of changes that’ll impact 2022. Learn about what will have the most impact on your business and farm, and how you can prepare.
  • David Mayer, Associate Attorney, Twohig Rietbrock Schneider & Halbach S.C.

Tune in for a roundtable discussion with dairy farmers on how to make the most of smartphones, including apps for herd management and financial data, managing schedules, staying connected with teams and more. 

  • Mitch Breunig, Dairy Producer, Mystic Valley Farms LLC
  • Jared Feltz, Co-Owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store 
Dairy currents
WELLNESS, NOSTALGIA, FLAVOR AND SUSTAINABILITY are some of the consumer trends for food in 2022, according to results of the International Food Information Council’s “Food and Health Survey.” Consumers are proactively looking for positive food attributes such as whole grains and fiber and are exploring immune-health ingredients and ways to reduce stress through ingredients, vitamins and supplements. As the pandemic continues to limit travel, many Americans will look to bring exotic foods and flavors like hibiscus, yuzu, turmeric, kelp, gochujang and ube into their cooking or dining experiences. Learn more in the full article.
STIGMA AROUND STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES IS DECREASING among farmers and rural community members, according to research from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The research shows 83% of rural adults and 92% of farmers and farm workers say they’d be comfortable talking about solutions with a friend or family member dealing with stress or a mental health condition, and the percentage of farmers and farm workers who say they’d be comfortable talking to friends and family members has increased 22% since April 2019. At the same time, a majority of rural adults (52%) and farmers and farm workers (61%) are experiencing more stress and mental health challenges compared to a year ago. Read more here.
SPIKE IN BUTTER PRICES DRIVEN BY DEMAND, TIGHTENING SUPPLIES, transportation and other issues. An article in FoodDive highlights the recent rise in butter prices similar to other staple ingredients such as wheat and coffee over the past year. Sales of butter surged at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic as consumers began baking and cooking more frequently at home, and demand has remained high since then. Read the full article
Book review
SMALL ACTS OF LEADERSHIP: 12 INTENTIONAL BEHAVIORS THAT LEAD TO BIG IMPACT. Author G. Shawn Hunter shares how a series of small incremental steps can have a positive effect on personal and business lives. Hunter presents twelve critical competencies highlighted by personal stories and interviews with business leaders that will lead to a stronger version of yourself and help you make a broader impact in the world. Learn more here.

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
 – Florence Nightingale

PDPW educational calendar
January 17
Application Deadline
Wisconsin Dells, WI

January 19-20
Financial Literacy for Dairy: Level 2
Juneau, WI

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

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Stride Youth Leadership Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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