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Dairy Signal Speakers:

Jan. 18
Dr. Ryan Pralle
Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture University of Wisconsin Platteville

Jan. 19
Dr. Tom Earleywine
Ph.D, Milk Replacer Director of Nutritional Services with Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Solutions

Jan. 20
Dan Basse
President of AgResource Company

Training Sessions

Presenters and topics by week, with a brief description of each day's episode topic and featured presenter(s): 


Week 93: Transition Cows, Colostrum Management, Market Update: (watch now)
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Learn about metabolic issues that impact transition cows, specifically ketosis and fatty liver, and discuss practical strategies farmers can implement to prevent and manage these issues. Episode presenter will be:

  • Dr. Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Wednesday, Jan. 19
Prepare your calves for success with proper colostrum management. Learn how to handle and store colostrum and learn more about the complexities of what makes it so crucial to getting calves off to their best start. Episode presenter will be:
  • Dr. Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., Milk Replacer Director of Nutritional Services with Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Solutions
Thursday, Jan. 20
Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industries. Episode presenter will be:
  • Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company

Week 92: (watch now)
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Take a deep dive into how coronavirus breaks down in humans and learn how vaccines work, starting with the basics. Episode presenter will be:

  • Dr. Chris Ashworth, DVM, Discovery Researcher-Beef, Global Veterinarian, Zinpro Performance Minerals
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Start the new year off with a discussion on tax preparation, from tips for 2021 filing and claims to a review of changes that will impact 2022. Learn about what will have the most impact on your business and farm, and how you can prepare. Episode presenter will be:
  • David Mayer, Associate Attorney, Twohig Rietbrock Schneider & Halbach S.C.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Tune in for a roundtable discussion with dairy farmers on how to make the most of smartphones, including apps for managing herd and financial data, coordinating schedules and staying connected with teams and more. Episode presenters will be:
  • Mitch Breunig, dairy farmer, Mystic Valley Farms LLC
  • Jared Feltz, dairy farmer, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store

Week 91: (watch now)
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Tune in to learn how to make choices toward a healthier lifestyle and hear tips for avoiding repetitive-movement injuries on the farm. Discover how stretching and techniques for lifting and bending can make a world of difference.

  • 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
Wednesday, Jan. 5
Hear the latest advances in our understanding of the importance of rumination and resting for rumen pH, health and milk components, as well as how decreasing or adding time for certain activities can impact a cow’s health and incidence of lameness. 
  • Dr. Rick Grant, President, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute
Thursday, Jan. 6
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

Week 90: (watch now)
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Glean communications skills and approaches to handle conflicts and effectively work with team and family members with different personality styles. 

  • Liz Griffith, Market Development and Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
  • Tim Schaefer, Founder, Encore Consultants
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Explore strategies to design, build and manage robotic milking systems to make the most of productivity and profitability for your operation. 
  • Doug Reinemann, Professor and Chair of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, Dec. 30
Tune in for a discussion on life on and off the farm for family business owners. Gather key tips and strategies to manage both business and family life and how to keep the two separate when needed. 
  • Monica McConkey – Rural Mental Health Counselor, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting

Week 89: (watch now)
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Tune in for a discussion of the ins and outs of digital dermatitis and how you can prevent and manage this crippling disease. 

  • Dr. Dorte Dopfer, MSc, PhD, Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Take a deep dive into the latest research on how bedding programs and the environment can impact mastitis and overall milk quality. 
  • Dr. Pamela Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, David J. Ellis Professor of Antimicrobial Resistance & Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University
Thursday, Dec. 23
Join us for the final market and industry news discussion for 2021, with a review of the year and a look ahead at the economic, production, weather, export, financial and other trends that will impact our industry in 2022. 
  • Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company

Week 88: (watch now)
Tuesday, Dec. 14
Prepare for holiday gatherings with tips on pairing cheeses with foods and beverages, and tasty ideas for building charcuterie boards. Learn about the Cheeselandia® promotion and its impact on the industry. 

  • Suzanne Fanning, Senior Vice President, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, and Chief Marketing Officer, Wisconsin Cheese
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Tune in for the National Dairy Checkoff’s forward-thinking strategy for keeping dairy at the heart of wellness conversations with both consumers and health professionals. 
  • Eve Pollet, Senior Vice President of Strategic Intelligence, Dairy Management, Inc.
Thursday, Dec. 16
Learn the critical ins and outs of heifer comfort, including barn and stall design, bedding type, hoof health and other management practices for these important members of your herd. 
  • Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences

Week 87: (watch now)
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Hear a status report from the food-bank network regarding supplies of dairy products and other food items for the holiday season. Presenter Sam Schwoeppe will share ways to support local food pantries now and throughout the entire year. 

  • Sam Schwoeppe, Senior Account Manager for Feeding America
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Tune in for strategies and watch-outs for risk management in the coming year and gain an understanding of forward-contracting opportunities and risks with various commodities.
  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC
Thursday, Dec. 9
Gain insights on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that are sure to impact dairy producers and the ag industry in this bi-weekly update. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 86: (watch now)
Tuesday, Nov. 30
There is a paradigm shift underway in nutrient management in agriculture. Hear about new systems to capture more value from waste, and have a positive impact on land, water and air quality, including a worm-powered wastewater treatment system and carbon-credit programs. 

  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist at University of California-Davis
  • Austin Allred, Owner, Royal Dairy, Royal City, Wash.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Tune in for an update on what’s happening at the national level on key dairy industry issues and a look ahead at what could impact dairy producers in 2022.
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, Dec. 2
As we wrap up 2021, our financial management experts will share important tips to finish 2021 strong. They’ll also provide an outlook for 2022 cash flows.
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, PhD, Professor of Agribusiness at University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Gary Sipiorski, Independent Business and Financial Consultant

Week 85: (watch now)
Tuesday, Nov. 23
The “Rising Stars” showcase series will feature ongoing graduate student research at Cornell University. Researchers will share 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. This Rising Stars showcase episode is sponsored by Balchem. 

  • Dr. Thomas Overton, PhD, Department Chair, Professor, Animal Science and Program Director, PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University
  • Allison Kerwin, PhD candidate, Cornell University
  • Geneva Graef, PhD student, Cornell University
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Tune in for a Thanksgiving-week update on news in the dairy and agricultural industries, and analysis of markets and trends that could impact dairy producers. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 84: (watch now)
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Tune in for an update on silage quality from the 2021 harvest season, as well as 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
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Top state officials will join The Dairy Signal to share 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 will also discuss 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
Thursday, Nov. 18
Learn the ins and outs of farmers markets from a panel of producers who will share their experiences. Bring your questions about selecting markets, preparing, promoting and connecting with customers. 
  • Shelly Grosenick, Owner of Crimson Kitchen and Gardens
  • Katy Schultz, Co-owner at Tri-Fecta Farms Family Market

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