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Dairy Signal Speakers:

Tue., Aug. 16
Dr. Joleen Hadrich
PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Wed., Aug. 17
Dr. Heather White
PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wed., Aug. 17
Dr. Kent Weigel
PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thu., Aug. 18
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 79: (watch now)
Tuesday, Oct. 12
A well-timed snack can not only combat hunger but also provide a much-needed energy boost between meals. Learn how dairy products and other foods can be paired together to provide crowd- pleasing snacks for the whole family.

  • Angie Edge, Manager – Dairy Company Communications at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Wednesday, Oct. 13
It’s that time of the year when changes in weather can affect your animal’s well-being. Learn what’s new with respiratory illnesses and how to take preventative measures to combat them. 
  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Thursday, Oct. 14
Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 78: (watch now)
Tuesday, Oct. 5
We know it’s only October but now is the time to evaluate your year-end budgets and make adjustments. Glean tips on how to best prepare for the end of 2021 and track the financial health of your business. 

  • Gary Sipiorski, Independent Business and Financial Consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Hear the latest research with manure compost as it relates to creating better nutrients for crops and building soil health. 
  • Jason Cavadini, Agronomist/Assistant Superintendent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
Thursday, Oct. 7
Microbiome refers to the microbes in a particular environment, such as in the rumen of an animal. Learn about the latest microbiome research and how it affects animal health and nutrition.  
  • Noelle Noyes, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota

Week 77: (watch now)
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Dairy manure is a rich resource but requires detailed planning and management to avoid issues with water quality, spreading restrictions and more.  Learn how one dairy producer takes advantage of getting the most out of his nutrient management plan. 

  • Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply
  • David Trimner, General Manager, Miltrim Farms, Inc., Athens, Wisc.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
The “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” will feature research on short- and long-term effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure to heat stress in dairy cattle. Learn how to identify heat-stressed animals to effectively provide heat stress abatement, overcome production losses, and promote animal welfare in the face of rising global temperatures.
  • Bethany Dado-Senn, Graduate Research Assistant, Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Brittney DavidsonGraduate Research AssistantDepartment of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Jimena Laporta, Assistant Professor Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
Thursday, Sept. 30
Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company

Week 76: (watch now)
Tuesday, Sept. 21
In many areas of the state, corn silage is well underway or even complete. Hear a summary of how the season is wrapping up and glean tips on how best to incorporate this year’s crop into your feeding program.

  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Dairy Science and Division of Extension, UW-Madison 
Wednesday, Sept. 22
More and more producers are crossbreeding with beef, and seeing an increase in profits, but it takes planning and selection to meet the market’s needs.
  • Jerry Wulf, Manager and Partner, Riverview LLP Beef, Morris, Minn.
  • Kelli Retallick, President, Angus Genetics Incorporated
Thursday, Sept. 23
Hear an update on the newest research and outreach funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub and their involvement with the upcoming Dairy Summit and Dairy Innovation Summit. 
  • Dr. Tera Montgomery, Professor, Dairy and Animal Science and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville
  • Troy RungeProfessor and Department Chair, Biological Systems Engineering and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison

Week 75: (watch now)
Tuesday, Sept. 14
National Farm Safety and Health Week is celebrated September 19-25, 2021. Learn ways to keep your fall harvest season safe, including necessary equipment tune-ups.

  • Cheryl Skjolaas, Senior Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Justin Wege, Ag Mechanics Instructor/Tractor Safety Program Lead, Department Chair for Ag Mechanics, Outdoor Power Equipment, and Farm Business Production Management, Fox Valley Technical College
Wednesday, Sept. 15
The decision of whether to raise their own heifers or send them offsite to a custom grower is an important one for many dairy producers. Hear from a panel of producers how they determine what best fits their operation. 
  • Walt Moore, President/Owner, Walmoore Holsteins, Inc. and Moocha Milk Transportation, Inc., West Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Tony Brubaker, Partner, Brubaker Farms, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Arata, General Manager, Kansas Dairy Development, Deerfield, Kansas
Thursday, Sept. 16
Listen to the bi-weekly update on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 74: (watch now)
Tuesday, Sept. 7
Tune in for an update on dairy promotion activities in several areas, including how programs are keeping dairy products at the forefront in schools and how dairy is penetrating international markets.

  • Amy Wagner, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Karen Doster, Director, Youth and School Programs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Wednesday, Sept. 8
Banking and lending experts will share their expertise and knowledge on industry trends from loans to inflation to refinancing and more, and the potential impact on today’s dairy operations. 
  • Jim Moriarty, Director Dairy Lending and Dairy Consulting, Compeer Financial
  • Sam Miller, Managing Director, Group Head, Agricultural Banking, BMO Harris Bank
  • Tim McTigue, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking with Investors Community Bank
Thursday, Sept. 9
Find out what’s new in the beef processing industry, when it comes to products, pricing, availability and exports. 
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group

Week 73: (watch now)
Tuesday, August 31
Healthy calves are the foundation of your herd. Find out what’s been affecting calves lately and what types of information is helpful for monitoring calf health and management including the importance of birth certificates and mortality descriptions.

  • Dr. Daryl Nydam, Professor of Dairy Health and Production in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine and Quality Milk Production Services sections at Cornell University, and Faculty Director for the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
  • Dr. Franklyn Garry, DVM, Extension Specialist and Veterinarian with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University
 
Wednesday, Sept. 1
Hear an overview of how the different weather patterns are affecting the United States and find out what’s in store for fall and winter. 
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
Thursday, Sept. 2
Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company

Week 72: (watch now)
Tuesday, August 24
With corn silage harvest right around the corner, hear projections for harvest timing and quality testing and learn about InField Updates to provide free updates on silage moisture and quality in your region. Also learn some helpful tips from an experienced nutritionist for developing a cost-effective plan if forage is limiting in quality or yield.

  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison
  • Bill Reyes, Consultant / Owner, Royal Ag Services, Canyon, TX
Wednesday, August 25
Graduate research showcase will focus on translating and evaluating applications of novel concepts on dairy farms, including meta-analysis of studies with wet corn gluten feed, assessing whether Enogen corn silage is ready to feed more quickly post-harvest than conventional silage, econometric analysis of different approaches to dairy farm expansion and commercial farm assessment of post-calving inflammation and associations with health and productivity.
  • Dr. Barry Bradford, Clint Meadows Endowed Chair in Dairy Management, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University
  • Kirby Krogstad, Graduate Research Assistant, Animal Science, Michigan State University
  • Lynn Olthof, Graduate Research Assistant, Animal Science, Michigan State University
Thursday, August 26
We all know too well the daily pressures of life and work can lead you down the wrong path. Learn the signs of drug and alcohol abuse, the impact it can have on employees and how you can help. Glean tips on keeping your mind and body healthy, from proper food choices to stimulate your mind, to adequate rest to good time management. 
  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting
  • Laura Saunders, State of Wisconsin Program Manager, Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center 

Week 71: (watch now)
Tuesday, August 17
A2 milk has attracted attention from both consumers and dairy producers, due to its ease of digestion. Hear from two dairy producers about their experiences investing in on-farm processing of A2 milk and cheese.

  • Lonnie Holthaus, General Manager, MilkHaus Dairy, Inc., Fennimore, Wis.;
  • Tammy Fritsch, Owner/Plant Manager, Two Guernsey Girls Creamery, Freedom, Wis. and
  • Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison
Wednesday, August 18
Keeping cows cooler during hot and humid weather will help maintain steady milk production. Get updated on current research with different ventilation systems and learn first-hand how one producer renovated to keep his cows comfortable.  
  • Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine at UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine; Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences
  • Mike Larson, President and Dairy Manager, Larson Acres, Inc.
 
Thursday, August 19
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 70: (watch now)
Tuesday, August 10
As part of the effort to address groundwater issues and protect drinking water and public health across Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources are working with key public and agriculture industry stakeholders, state agencies, the State Legislature, the governor, and the general public to update ch. NR 151. Get an overview of how this administrative rule will affect dairy producers.

  • Christopher Clayton, Agricultural Runoff Section Chief, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wednesday, August 11
Farm accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Learn how local emergency responders and farmers can create a safer work area on the farm for employees and for responders. 
  • Chief Gerald Minor, Pittsville Fire Department
  • Ronald Naab, Allenton Fire Department Assistant Training Officer
Thursday, August 12
Getting started in the dairy industry involves planning, whether it’s establishing goals or understanding financial tools. Learn some of the strategies young producers should consider when get started in the industry.
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist