The Dairy Signal Week 42 Speakers Announced


New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 42 of The Dairy Signal™

Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions

Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 42 of The Dairy Signal™. Healthy calves are the foundation of a dairy farms’ future production and profitability, so this week’s episodes will feature leading researchers and producers sharing the latest research and management techniques to get calves off to the best start.

Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, will provide insights on effectively weaning calves, and Dr. Theresa Ollivett, Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, will share the latest research on winter pneumonia.

A panel discussion featuring Ermith Ocampo, Livestock Director, Milk Source, LLC and Stacy Jauquet, Owner, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC, will focus on recordkeeping and calf care practices to make sure calves are top priority on farms.

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 Jan. 12 episode, Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, shared strategies for building effective teams, including tips for recruiting, hiring and training new employees.  Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant, Family Business Consulting Group, focused Wednesday’s episode on best practices for communications and resolving conflicts, especially between current and next generations of dairy farm leadership.

Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company provided timely updates on dairy and commodity markets, including the impact of increasing commodity prices and feed costs for dairy farms.  He also provided a look at possible regulatory and policy changes with the incoming Biden administration.

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.

Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:

Tuesday, January 19
Topic: Learn how the calf’s rumen develops and hear tips to make the weaning transition period more successful, including cost-effective ways to begin introducing weaned calves to heifer rations.  Episode presenter includes:

  • Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

Wednesday, January 20

Topic: Gain insight from a panel focused on practical ways to make calf care a top priority on your farm, including calf care techniques, record-keeping systems and working with the entire dairy team. Episode presenters include:

Thursday, January 21

Topic:  Pneumonia is the most common disease in growing calves, and is especially challenging in winter months.  Tune in for the latest updates on preventing and treating this disease.  Episode presenter includes:

  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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