We are caretakers of animals, stewards of natural resources, and producers of the highest quality milk.
Because the science of farming keeps improving, we believe in continuous improvement. That's why we've made a commitment to lifelong learning. PDPW is our professional development organization.
PDPW is a network of producers and dairy professionals from across the nation and beyond. Our members come from 18 different states and represent every type and size of dairy operation. That’s the great thing about being a professional dairy producer: we can be diverse in our business practices and share the common bonds of milk and a commitment to continuing education.
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You're in business for the love of dairying and to earn a living. We intend to help you succeed by offering education and useful information, and by communicating dairy industry needs and accomplishments to key audiences.
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If not, you can bet we have things in common – the 3 a.m. vet call, the never-ending balance sheet balancing act, the fulfillment that comes from nurturing animals, land and people.
PDPW's nine-member board of directors is elected by dairy producer members. Each director can serve two three-year terms.
Board of Directors:
Mitch Breunig, President
Mystic Valley Dairy LLC, Sauk City, Wis.
Mitch Breunig of Sauk City, Wis., owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC which milks 430 registered Holsteins and has 450 young stock. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Dairy Science, Mitch worked for Land 'O Lakes as a livestock production specialist before returning to the family farm. Mitch oversees the genetic work at Mystic Valley, which is known for producing superior genetics to the dairy industry throughout the world.
Marty Hallock, Vice President
Mar-Bec Dairy, Mondovi, Wis.
Marty Hallock of Mondovi, Wis., is a first generation dairy producer. Starting with 40 cows in 1990, MarBec today has 800 cows, 700 heifers and 150 heifers raised off farm. A graduate of UW-River Falls, Marty works 1100 acres owned and rented, which supplies the corn and alfalfa for the dairy. Marty and his wife Becky have two sons, Jonathon and Josh.
Kay Zwald, Secretary
Bomaz Farms, Hammond, Wis.
Kay Zwald and her husband Bob own and operate Bomaz Farms, Hammond, Wis. Bomaz Farms milks 600 registered Holsteins, raise its own young stock including bulls from the top 5% of the herd and has an extensive embryo program in place. The dairy also raises its own haylage, corn silage and corn on about 1,200 acres of cropland. Kay has been an integral part of a dairy promotion program in her county for many years and currently is a representative on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Charlie Crave, Treasurer
Crave Brothers Farm, LLC, Waterloo, Wis.
Charlie and his brothers Tom and Mark own and operate Crave Brothers LLC, a Waterloo, Wis., dairy with 1,000 milking cows. Another brother, George, operates a cheese factory that produces specialty cheese. Crave Brothers LLC raise crops as well as its own heifers. Charlie has served as a 4-H club leader on the local, state and national levels for 30 years and is known for his insightful presentations related to dairying. He currently serves as a stakeholder for the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center and on the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Wayside Dairy LLC, Greenleaf, Wis.
Jeremy was raised on the family dairy—which was established in 1863—and has been the herdsman at Wayside Dairy since late 2004. The dairy is now a partnership among his dad Dan, his cousin Paul and himself. The dairy milks 1,750 cows, raises 1,450 heifers and crops 2,700 acres of corn, alfalfa and wheat. In 1998, he won the James W. Crowley State 4-H Dairy Leadership Award, and in 2009 was chosen as a Land ‘O Lakes Young Farmer, participating in the National Milk Producers Federation meetings in Grapevine, Texas.
Maple Ridge Dairy Business LLC., Stratford, Wis.
Brian Forrest of Stratford, Wis., began working on the family's 60-cow dairy after graduating from UW River Falls. He took ownership of the farm in 2002, growing the dairy to 140 cows and adding two full-time employees. In January 2012, the dairy entered into a partnership with Maple Ridge Dairy and now has 1,300 cows and 25 full-time and six part-time employees, with Brian managing the dairy operations and a majority of the employee administrative duties.
Kinnamon Ridge Dairy LLC, Reedsburg, Wis.
Linda and her husband, Jerry, own and operate Kinnamon Ridge Dairy, their fourth-generation farm. They have grown from 50 cows to 14 employees and 650 milking, and they credit excellent employees for their success. Linda and Jerry are implementing a plan for transferring management duties to their sons, Ryan and Nathan. Their daughter, Kelly, is a nurse. They have three grandchildren. Linda has a BS in Organizational Management, chairs the Sauk County Board of Adjustment and has represented agricultural interests on many town and county committees.
Heeg Brothers Dairy LLC, Colby, Wis.
Jay Heeg owns and operates Heeg Brothers Dairy LLC along with his brothers Mark and Gary. The Colby, Wis., dairy has 990 Holstein cows, raises all of its heifers, crops 2,500 acres of corn and alfalfa and employs 20 fulltime workers. Jay is the dairy manager and human resource manager. A graduate of UW-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in broad area agriculture and a minor in animal science, Jay worked for Babson Brothers Company, the parent company of Surge milking equipment before returning to the farm in 1999. Jay and his wife Cheryl have two young children.
Scheidairy Farms, Inc., Freeport, Ill.
Dan Scheider is a fifth-generation farmer who dairies in partnership with his parents, Doug and Trish Scheider. The Freeport, Ill., family farm has 650 milk cows and crops 1,100 acres of corn and alfalfa. Before returning to farming, Dan spent three years in agricultural and business banking in North Central Wisconsin. In addition to having served on the community college strategic planning task force, he serves on the Stephenson County Board of Health, the County Farm Bureau Board and on the Missions Endowment Fund Committee at his church. He and his wife Sarah have two young children.
Dr. Steve Kelm
UW-River Falls, River Falls, Wis.
Steve Kelm has been a faculty member within the Department of Animal and Food Science at UW-River Falls since 1998. He served as chair of the department for six years and is currently the associate chair. In 2002 he was honored by UWRF with their highest award, the Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Kelm grew up in southern Minnesota on a small dairy and hog farm. He received his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and graduate degrees from Iowa State University where he studied dairy cattle breeding. At UWRF, Kelm teaches courses in dairy management, animal breeding, and dairy cattle judging.
Badgerland Financial, Fond du Lac, Wis.
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Steve Schwoerer is a Dairy Specialist with Badgerland Financial out of the Fond du Lac, WI office. He has been with Badgerland Financial for 28 years and is the Account Officer for their large dairy portfolio in 8 counties surrounding Fond du Lac. He works with farmers to meet their financial needs. Steve grew up on a 70-cow dairy farm in southwest Manitowoc County and feels very fortunate to stay connected with the dairy industry in his profession. Steve and his wife, Ginny, reside near Valders, Wis. in Manitowoc County. They have one son, Trevor-26, and two daughters, Shawnae-23 and Michiela-17. Steve is a graduate of UW-Whitewater.
Dr. Richard L. Wallace
Zoetis, McFarland, Wis.
Dr. Wallace is a Cattle Technical Service veterinarian focused on Dairy at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Wallace has worked in the industry as a veterinarian, faculty member and dairy farm manager for the Dairy Cattle Research Unit at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wallace continues to be the lead instructor for two University of Illinois online continuing education courses. He is a past president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Extension Veterinarians, and has also been involved with the Board of the National Mastitis Council and numerous NMC committees. Dick, and his wife Carrie, married in 1981 and have three children: Sarah, Katherine and Ben.
Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department, Edgar, Wis.
Andy Johnson is the Environmental Resources Coordinator for the Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department located in Wausau, Wis. He has been with Marathon County for 29 years. He is currently chairman of the Wisconsin Livestock Facility Siting Review Board and is chairman of the Town of Rib Falls Planning Commissions where he leads efforts in comprehensive planning and farmland preservation.
Andy also provides management and environmental consultation to dairies relative agency communications, environmental compliance and performance, project management and strategic planning. His work focuses upon development of policies and strategies that support the profitability of dairy agriculture while meeting the cosical and environmental expectations of customers and local communities. He has a bachelor degree from UW-Stevens Point in Soil Science and a master degree from Marian University in Organizational Excellence. Andy lives with his wife and Paula in Edgar, Wis., where they raised three daughters, Jami, Megan and Hannah.
How We Work
Committees established by the board work on an ad hoc basis to advise the board of important issues and establish educational programs that are of interest to their business.
Places producers at the table to discuss emerging issues with public policymakers, and provide input from a producer's perspective.
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™
PDPW's annual national training event for dairy executives. Producers plan the academy and bring the best, high-level trainers and tours to attendees.
With producer input, this event has grown from a small conference in 1993 to the dairy industry's premier educational event. Producer involvement in planning from start-to-finish helps us keep our relevant edge.
What Matters™ - What Matters™ is dairy farmers and veterinarians working together to ensure safe meat and milk. PDPW partners with the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association to lead the industry to more effective solutions beyond increased regulation.
National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative – PDPW is putting dairy producers at the table where issues of animal care are concerned. We've been leading on this issue for the past decade, when our members led the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative, which created the principles and guidelines that have become the standard for dairy animal care and well-being.
It's what makes PDPW unique – meetings planned by dairy producers for dairy producers. When we say we're "grassroots," this is what we mean. Your program ideas matter and are considered by this committee.
PDPW founded with a handful of dairy producers and 20 bucks.
"We need to find the best resources" leads to the first Business Conference for dairy producers and allied industry.
PDPW forms an education committee for youth programming, such as the PDPW Mentor Program.
PDPW forms Public Policy ad hoc committee and increases communication between dairy producers and state agencies responsible for rulemaking.
Develops first annual conference focused on environmental issues.
Begins regular meetings with Deans of in the University of Wisconsin system and other educational institutions to discuss issues critical to dairy sustainability.
PDPW Board of Directors issues first white paper on the state of the WI dairy industry.
PDPW Board of Directors hires first staff member, Executive Director.
Professional Dairy Producers Foundation established for the benefit of the entire dairy industry.
Develops first Managers Academy to provide executive level training for dairy producers and industry.
PDPW expands educational programming by 40 percent, per the request of its membership.
Together with the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Counties Association, PDPW establishes the Agriculture-Community Engagement (ACE) program.
PDPW leadership identifies the need to define dairy well-being practices and leads the National Dairy Animal Well-being Initiative.
PDPW proactively forms working partnership with WVMA and leads the What Matters Initiative to ensure safe milk and meat.
Membership includes 1,600 farm entities, located in 18 states throughout the nation.