Online episodes focused on technologies to improve dairy productivity and profitability
Dan Venteicher, Iowa dairy producer, Jared Feltz, co-owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store, and Dr. James Salfer, Extension Professor, Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, will share firsthand experiences with robotic milking systems and an update on how the technology has evolved. Zoey Nelson, COO of Brooks Farm 1855 LLC, and Heather Johnson, Calf Barn Manager, Alfalawn Farm, will review how automated calf feeders have fit into their operations.
Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison, will share how the SCiO Cup is being used to revolutionize the measurement and analysis of feed ingredients and rations.
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 the Mar. 30, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Randy Romanski, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection joined The Dairy Signal with updates on agricultural investment in the state, reflections on COVID response, and a look ahead at the dairy industry.
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, provided strategies during the Mar. 31 episode to conduct effective stay interviews at your business to improve employee engagement, improve retention, reduce turnover and get feedback on key areas of your workplace.
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on April 1 with an update on trade, weather and industry trends and their impact on dairy markets.
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
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.
Episodes of The Dairy Signal through April 15 are presented by ProAGtive Technologies, an organization of independent nutritionists that bring a team approach to the farm. Through nutrition, and customized value added service, ProAGtive is defining and gaining profitability for producers, by understanding their needs and goals.
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
Tuesday, April 6
Topic: Robotic milking systems are becoming more common. Hear what producers have learned first-hand as they share their experiences with their robotic milking systems. Episode presenters include:
- Dan Venteicher, Iowa dairy producer
- Jared Feltz, co-owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store
- Dr. James Salfer, Extension Professor, Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 7
Topic: Automatic calf feeders can be used as a tool to reduce labor and improve calf nutrition, but still come with challenges. Learn how two producers are managing their automated calf feeders for profitability. Episode presenters include:
Thursday, April 8
Topic: Tune in to learn more about the SCiO Cup used by consultants and some dairy producers on the farm to measure dry matter in haylage, corn silages, small grain silages and other feed ingredients within a few minutes. Episode presenters include:
- Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics
- Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing email@example.com. 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.