New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 40 of The Dairy Signal™

Professional Dairy Producers®

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Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 40 of The Dairy Signal™. The first episodes of 2021 provide insights for dairy producers to start the year on the “right foot” with updates on herd hoof health and nutrition research, as well as strategies for succession planning.

 Dr. Gerald Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota, will share updates on management practices and trimming protocols to reduce herd-level incidence of lameness.  Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, will provide insights on feed efficiency trials predicting individual cow feed intake and how they utilize nutrients differently and give an update on the Dairy Innovation Hub.

George Twohig and Troy Schneider, Partners and Attorneys at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach Law Office will share hurdles in succession planning and estate planning and how farms can stay in-line with their business goals.

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.

Week 40 episodes will also feature a new look for The Dairy Signal, including updated graphics, a new searchable archive of past episodes, and recognition of sponsors that make it possible for PDPW to provide The Dairy Signal at no cost to viewers.

Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared latest research findings on Tuesday, Dec. 29.  He discussed the latest research results on the role that timing of artificial insemination can play in optimizing fertility of sexed semen in lactating dairy cows and non-lactating dairy heifers.

Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, wrapped up the 2020 season with his top ten predictions for 2021 across the U.S. and global economy, as well as agriculture and dairy sectors.

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, January 5
Topic: Learn the latest hoof trimming methods, herd level factors that influence lameness incidence and how dairy producers can reduce the incidence of lameness. Episode presenter includes:

  • Dr. Gerald Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota

Wednesday, January 6

Topic: Hear an update on transition cow research and feed efficiency trials predicting individual cow feed intake and how they utilize nutrients differently, as well as an update at the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Episode presenter includes:

  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison

Thursday, January 7

Topic: Farm estate and transfer plans are only effective if they are kept up to date. Learn action plans to keep your farm succession plan and estate plan current and in line with business and personal goals. Episode presenters include:





All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. 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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