Dairy Tours to Focus on Feed Management, Storage and Tracking Systems

PDPW to Host Tours at Second Look Holsteins, LLC and Vir-Clar Farms on Oct. 24

Blending a ration for top production is an ongoing challenge for dairy producers; a difficult growing season this year makes it an even-more ambitious task. A daylong chartered bus tour hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will showcase feeding strategies at two successful Fond du Lac County dairies.

The PDPW Dairy Feed Management, Storage, and Tracking Tours will be held Thur., October 24, departing from the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 625 W. Rolling Meadows Dr. in Fond du Lac, Wis., at 9:30 a.m.



Attendees will tour the innovative and tailor-made feed storage area at Vir-Clar Farms, Fond du Lac, Wis., where the Boyke families use a TMR Tracker software system to manage feed inventory and monitor feed costs. At Second Look Holsteins, LLC, Eden, Wis., the Hodorff families will share their experience of feeding a consistent ration year-round when using only corn silage and Western dry hay as forages.

The lunch roundtable discussion will feature insights from Corey Hodorff, Second Look Holsteins, LLC, Grant Grinstead, Vir-Clar Farms, and Andy Skwor, Agricultural Services Team Leader, MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo.

“The tour is a great opportunity for producers to see firsthand what type of feed management practices are helping producers remain cost-effective in today’s economic market,” said Shelly Mayer, PDPW Executive Director. “Hearing from consultants and farmers themselves may spark new ideas to add value to your own feeding program.”

Space is limited to the first 40 registrations and includes bus travel, refreshments and lunch. To learn more and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #PDPWFeedTours on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The Dairy Tour is an accredited training and offers Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs). To learn more or secure credits, visit https://dairyadvance.org/.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation’s largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.


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