August 2019 vol. 2
Brought to you by Dairy's Professional Development Organization ®
Opportunities to learn
September 11, 2019
WORLD CLASS WEBINAR: Optimize the 2019 Crop Year . Dr. John Goeser will provide practical management tips to rebound from a slow start and navigate a potentially challenging corn-silage season, Sept. 11, 2019 from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. CT. Owners, nutritionists and veterinarians should tune in to this webinar for strategies to deal with stress – crop and personal – as well as topics regarding haylage and alternative-forage quality and outside-the-box nutrition ideas.
In the case of a date or time conflict, this session will be available after the webinar to those who register. Sign up today at or call 800-947-7379. For more details, see the program flier. 
November 19, 20, and 21, 2019
LEARN FROM THE BEST AT 2019 CALF CARE CONNECTION. Register now to learn from industry leaders Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Dr. Theresa Ollivett and Dr. Franklyn Garry about calf housing, growth-performance techniques, and identifying and treating clinical and subclinical pneumonia. The one-day training sessions will repeat in three locations Nov. 19, 20, and 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis., respectively. For additional information click here or contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or 
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For your dairy
DOES PROVIDING HAY INFLUENCE CALF BEHAVIOR AND PERFORMANCE in group-housing situations? Research in the Journal of Dairy Science studied the effect of providing access to forage in addition to milk replacer and pelleted starter. Calves were weaned with a stepdown program starting at 46 days of age, then were monitored for feed intake and behavior. Overall, researchers found that providing hay to pre-weaned calves in the study resulted in behavioral and performance benefits, including greater total feed intake and reductions in pen-directed sucking. Read more here.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACCINE INVESTMENT by keeping them viable with proper storage and handling processes. Working with your veterinarian to select the right vaccination program and protocol for your farm is key. Understanding how each vaccine works to protect its efficacy is equally important. A few tips include:

·      Check expiration dates and ensure you can use the total amount of vaccine before it expires.
·      Purchase an adequate number of needles; plan to replace the needle about every 5 to 10 head of cattle.
·      Check refrigerator regularly to confirm it is working properly and is keeping vaccines at the correct temperature
·      Make sure your equipment is clean and rinsed with distilled water to remove any residues. Most common disinfectants – including anti-bacterial soap or even chlorine in city or rural water — will render modified-live organisms inactive.

Learn more tips from the South Dakota State extension article here.
KEEP CALVES COMFORTABLE AND HEALTHY WITH EFFECTIVE FLY CONTROL . As summer winds down, the fly season is at its peak. Household flies are an annoyance, but biting flies like stable flies can damage tender skin on calves’ legs and spread diseases like vesicular stomatitis. An effective integrated pest-management plan includes a combination of sanitation, biological controls and chemical controls to manage fly populations and provide a better environment for calves and farm employees. Read more details about each element in this article.
For your business mind
BEING AWARE OF TRAPS NEW LEADERS COMMONLY FALL INTO will help your team avoid them and get off to a strong start in new management roles. Through effective mentoring and training you can help them avoid:

1.      Downward alignment, which happens when new managers side with subordinates instead of leadership on policies and other decisions.
2.      Side-stepping difficult conversations.
3.      Shooting from the hip.
4.      Not embracing their leadership identity after transitioning from employee to manager.

Read this article to learn more about each leadership trap and what you can do to help managers avoid them. 
FARM-SPECIFIC TRAINING AND RESOURCE MATERIALS TO PREVENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT are available from Cornell University. Ensuring all employees can work in a safe environment free of threats should be a priority for dairy farms. Creating a policy that defines sexual harassment and providing a means for reporting issues is one step of the process. Other steps include training and creating a system for handling complaints. Click here for resources that include sample policies, forms, training programs and case studies to tailor for your operation.
ADVANCERS AND PROTECTORS SHOULD BOTH HAVE A PLACE on your teams, according to a Forbes blog post. The author categorizes employees into two groups: those who lean towards protecting the organization and the way things have always been, and those who seek to advance the organization to what it could become. Understanding the value of each group and assigning the right roles to them can give your team the best balance of innovation and risk management for your organization. Protectors are well suited for tasks in human resources, accounting and quality control. Advancers are more inclined to do well in sales and product-development roles. Read the full article for more details.
Dairy currents
DAIRY DIGESTER WILL HELP FUEL LOCAL COLLEGE. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at a Vermont Dairy farm for an anaerobic digester that will turn manure and food scraps into natural gas for Middlebury College. The program is part of the school’s goal to obtain 100% of its energy from renewable sources. It will also provide additional revenue for the fourth-generation dairy farm. Click here to read more.
CHOBANI INTRODUCED MILK MATTERS PROGRAM to show transparency across the dairy farms it works with. The program includes partnerships with co-ops, dairy farms and third parties such as FairTrade USA, World Wildlife Fund, National Milk Producers Federation, Cornell University, state programs and community foundations in Idaho and New York to validate ongoing progress. The program incorporates the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program as part of its six pillars of worker well-being, environmental stewardship, animal care, local sourcing, investing in dairy communities and freedom and flexibility for dairy farms. Read the full article here.
REPORT SHOWS DAIRY REPRESENTS 16.4% OF WISCONSIN STATE REVENUE , along with making a significant impact on job creation and local communities. The report from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin shows that dairy generates 43.5% of the state's total agricultural activity and is responsible for 154,000 jobs. Wisconsin holds a 48% share of the nation's specialty-cheese category, with 90% of the state’s milk supply going to cheese production. Read more here.
Words to live by
"It isn't stress that makes us fall; it's how we respond to stressful events." - Wayde Goodall
Book review
Author Patty McCord shares lessons from her role as Chief Talent Officer for Netflix and experiences at other Silicon Valley companies. She reviews strategies to create high-performing teams by providing motivational and challenging work instead of designing new and complicated bonus and perk programs. Read more here.
PDPW Educational Calendar
September 11

September 14-27
Germany & Holland

October 30, 31
Herdsperson Workshop:
Arlington, Marshfield, Wis.

November 19, 20, 21
Chilton, Eau Claire, Fennimore

December 4 & 5
Dairy Insights Forum (formerly Food & Policy Summit): Madison, Wis.
December 10
Madison, Wis

January 14-16
Corpus Christi, Texas

March 17-18, 2020
Cornerstone Dairy Academy:
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

March 18-19, 2020
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
Thank you Vision and Mission sponsors
Thank you to these agribusiness leaders that stand alongside our nation's dairy farmers supporting your professional development organization. Their support allows PDPW to execute best-in-class producer training and has enabled us to become the go-to resource for outreach initiatives. See the full list of generous sponsors here.