January 2022 Vol. 2
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization®
Cornerstone Dairy Academy
March 15-16, 2022
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

ACT NOW — APPLICATIONS CLOSE MONDAY! Complete your application by January 31 for the two-day professional-development training that equips producers and industry professionals with the tools to effectively communicate, more proficiently collaborate and lead others. Choose one of three training pillars by world-class facilitators including Hank Wagner, Holly Geen, Rachel Wagner, Dr. David Kohl, Dr. Richard Kyte and Tom Thibodeau.
For more details and to complete an application, click here.
CHANGING MANAGEMENT PRACTICES MAY HELP AVOID UDDER DISEASE after dry-off, according to an article from Penn State Extension. Drying off cows is a risk factor for subclinical and clinical mastitis because it increases internal pressures and could open a direct path to the udder for pathogens. Several practices to reduce milk yield close to dry-off have been studied; the article suggests that the use of an anti-inflammatory therapy such as administering aspirin is a practice that may help cows cope with these challenges. Although there’s a lack of studies assessing the effects of anti-inflammatory treatment at dry-off, post-partum anti-inflammatory treatment has been shown to have positive effects on udder health. Read more in the full article.
For your business mind
UNDERSTANDING RISK AND BUILDING RESILIENCY is a process unique to each farm, depending on size, ownership, risk personalities, financial capacities and more. Tools from the University of Wisconsin Extension can help identify areas to strengthen resiliency in an operation, including human resources, marketing, production, legal and more. A more comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation tool helps identify sources of risk and potential impacts, determine mitigation strategies and develop implementation plans. Learn more here
PREVENTING CYBERATTACKS STARTS WITH AWARENESS of the ways scammers and attackers try to access your information. An article from Iowa State Extension shares tips to protect yourself and your data, including:

  • Trust your instincts when it comes to phishing emails. Attackers may pretend to be a cooperative, implement dealer or supplier, but do not trust unfamiliar email addresses.
  • Don’t click on any links or attachments in suspicious emails; that helps prevent the installation of malware.
  • Create passwords that are strong, secret and distinct for different logins, especially those where a loss of data could be damaging.
Learn more in the full article.
TAKE DIFFERENT APPROACHES WHEN GIVING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FEEDBACK to ensure messages are clear and conversations are more productive. The keys to giving positive feedback are to do it right away, be specific, and explain why it matters. In contrast, when giving negative – constructive – feedback to address challenges or improve performance, start with commenting on the behavior itself rather than the intent. Then co-create solutions and conclude with your belief in their ability to improve. Read about each of these steps in the full article.
The Dairy Signal
KEEP TUNING INTO THE DAIRY SIGNAL in the months ahead. With a growing listenership, the topics covered on The Dairy Signal™ will continue to be shaped around your most relevant needs – and your input and participation helps us deliver the content you want; drop us a line with your feedback and ideas. The 60-minute episodes air from noon to 1 p.m. CT every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Recorded versions are available free in video and audio format at pdpw.org. Click here to find archived recordings of sessions.
Presenters and topics covered recently include:
Learn about metabolic issues that impact transition cows, specifically ketosis and fatty liver, and discuss the practical side of what farmers can do to prevent and manage these issues.

  • Dr. Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture University of Wisconsin Platteville
Learn how to handle and store colostrum and break down the complexities of what makes it valuable to getting calves off to their best start.

  • Tom Earleywine, Ph.D, Milk Replacer Director of Nutritional Services with Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Solutions
Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter:

  • Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst of AgResource Company
Hear from a dairy farmer panel as they share ideas how to put your collected data to work for you and your herd. Dig into the metrics that can help simplify calf, herd and financial management decisions.

  • Laura Raatz, calf, youngstock and herd manager at Wagner Farms Inc.
  • Pam Selz-Pralle, dairy farmer, Selz-Pralle Dairy
This month’s Balchem Rising Star episode features graduate research at Dr. Jennifer Van Os’ lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Graduate students will present investigations of the relationships between social dynamics among cows at the feed bunk and their production and feed efficiency. The presenters will also discuss studies of thermal stress in calves housed in outdoor hutches as well as heat abatement and ventilation for lactating cows.

  • Kim Reuscher, PhD candidate, UW-Madison
  • Faith Reyes, PhD candidate, UW-Madison
  • Jennifer Van Os, PhD., assistant professor and extension specialist in Animal Welfare, UW-Madison
Learn how to recognize the signs of compassion fatigue as well as strategies to prevent it and tips to handle and treat the condition.

  • Monica McConkey, rural mental health counselor at Eyes on the Horizon Consulting
Dairy currents
CULTURED DAIRY PRODUCTS ARE UNIQUELY POSITIONED to meet consumers’ desires for foods that contribute to immune health. Many proteins in milk have bioactive properties that contribute to immunity, including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, and others. Culturing milk adds to its already-present immune-health components. Over the past two years, more than 800 spoonable/drinkable yogurts and fermented beverages were positioned for immune health benefits. Learn more in the Dairy Foods article about how dairy products can leverage milk’s inherent benefits. 
WHAT DOES 2022 HOLD FOR DAIRY EXPORTS? A series of viewpoints from the U.S. Dairy Export Federation provides insights on global trends that will impact exports in the new year. Port congestion is expected to ease, but a return to 2019 costs or carrier reliability is not expected. The economies in countries such as China, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America will also predict consumer buying power and dairy consumption. Learn more about these trends as well as milk production, dairy input pricing and consumer price sensitivity in the full article.
NEW WORKING GROUP TO ADDRESS SUPPLY-CHAIN ISSUES that are challenging U.S. Dairy Exports. The International Dairy Foods Association, the Port of Los Angeles, and CMA CGM announced the formation of the Dairy Exports Working Group that will focus on seaports on the U.S. West Coast and how to streamline the movement of products from the interior of the U.S, including working to increase rail availability to reach non-coastal exporters. Learn more here.
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– Mark Twain
PDPW educational calendar
Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ Application Deadline
Wisconsin Dells, WI

March 15-16
Cornerstone Dairy Academy
Wisconsin Dells, WI

March 16-17
Business Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
March 23-24
Financial Literacy for dairy®: Level 3
Juneau, WI

Stride Youth Leadership Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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