The cow experts are assembled

Leading experts have been brought together for this daylong workshop focused on some of the most pressing and challenging topics in managing dairy herds. Hear from specialists in reproductive health, transition cow management and cow behavior and nutrition. Leave with research results and ideas you can use right away to improve cow health and the bottom line.

Expert presentations include:

Dr. Paul Fricke

Maximize reproductive efficiency

Dr. Fricke will help your dairy overcome reproductive challenges by sharing practical, on-farm reproductive strategies.

Trouble-shooting reproduction

Learn to better pinpoint key factors affecting fertility, and – through case studies – how to better identify and resolve costly reproductive bottlenecks. Equip yourself with strategies to fix herd fertility issues.

Paul Fricke, PhD is a Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on developing and improving methods for dairy cattle reproductive management. The goal of his extension program is maximizing dairy cattle reproductive efficiency by applying knowledge gained through scientific research while developing management programs and technologies for use in production dairy cattle operations.

Dr. Thomas Overton

10 Steps to a healthier transition

This session digs into critical factors to set up fresh cows for strong starts. Dr. Overton will give a 10-point checklist to focus on; you’ll see facilities, rations and management protocols through new lenses.

Optimize transition nutrition

Feeding transition cows is tricky business. From energy to metabolizable protein levels and mineral balancing, This session focuses on research and practical delivery. Dr. Overton goes into detail about critical nutrition areas that produce game-winning results when done right.

Thomas Overton, PhD is a Professor of and Director of PRO-DAIRY at Cornell University whose emphasis is on transition-cow nutrition and management. He researches practical strategies producers and industry professionals can use to improve animal wellbeing and profitability. Dr. Overton provides leadership within statewide and regional efforts to positively impact the dairy industry in rural New York communities.cattle operations.

Dr. Trevor DeVries

Understand your #1 customer: the dairy cow

Dr. DeVries will translate what research has proven and what our cows have been trying to tell us. He’ll explain the details about why cows respond differently to the same ration. You’ll never look at your procedures or operation the same. He will also give you a job performance evaluation from your cows’ perspective.

Optimizing cow behavior for success

Dr. DeVries has dedicated his entire career to connecting cow behavior to health and production; he’ll translate his learnings to us and show us how knowledge of cow behavior can be used to maximize nutrition, management, and housing.

Trevor DeVries, PhD is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare in the department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Dr. DeVries leads a highly productive research program focused on dairy cattle nutrition, management, behavior and welfare.

Hank Wagner

Keep the light on

During this over-lunch discussion, Hank Wagner will provide helpful hints on staying motivated while motivating others and keeping all the tasks of the farm going.

Hank Wagner, dairy producer and founder of Wagner Leadership Training, owns a 650-cow dairy in northeastern Wisconsin with his family. A John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Hank formed Wagner Leadership Training to help individuals, families, organizations and businesses be their best.

You can call 800.947.7379 to register.

Registration Fee: $125/member and $250/non-member ($75 each additional participant from same dairy. Registration fee covers workshop, materials and lunch.

Locations

Wednesday, October 31

Marshfield Agricultural Research Station

2611 Yellowstone Drive, Marshfield, Wis.

Thursday, November 1

Arlington Agricultural Research Station

Public Events Building, N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, WI

Thank you to the many PDPW sponsors that support dairy farmers through generous financial contributions that allow PDPW to execute educational programming. Our list of sponsors can be found here.

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