New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 39 of The Dairy Signal™


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Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 39 of The Dairy Signal™. The final week of 2020 features Dr. Paul Fricke, Dairy Reproduction Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the latest on dairy fertility research, and the final agricultural market update of 2020 from Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.

Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.

On Tuesday’s episode, 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, and Dr. Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at UW-Madison, shared results of research to date comparing starch quality and fiber quality of 2020 silage samples with previous years. They also provided strategies and research for optimizing forage supplies for feeding both milking herd and replacement heifers.

Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer, led Wednesday’s episode with a review of critical factors in managing heifers and cows during the transition cycle, including nutrition, managing pen space and group movements, and understanding your dairy’s unique needs.

Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through and entering the code #myPDPW.

Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal is updated as new information becomes available.

Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:

Tuesday, December 29
Topic: Learn the latest research findings in optimizing fertility of sexed semen in lactating dairy cows and non-lactating dairy heifers. Episode presenter includes:

  • Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wednesday, December 30

Topic: Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we close out 2020 and look ahead into 2021. Episode presenter includes:

  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

There will not be an episode of The Dairy Signal on Thursday, December 31.

All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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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