Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference

February 8-9, 2024 | Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

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Tackle what’s new in sustainability, practical health monitoring and calf health.

Hear experts discuss management strategies to improve crops, every day cow health and labor relations.

Learn the state of the industry. What’s Next and what will it mean for you?

Take a deeper look at reproduction, the future of nutrition and transition planning.

“The planning committee has been committed to identifying speakers who will provide the latest and highest quality information on timely topics important to the region’s dairy producers, farm managers and dairy industry professionals. Our goal is to provide an engaging forum for all sectors of the dairy industry to come together in one place at one time to learn, share information and gather the latest resources to help increase their profitability while doing more with less.”

– Brian Troyer, GLRDC executive board member and dairy nutrition specialist

Since 2003, the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) has been dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Star City IBA, Inc. & Premium Farm Solutions, Inc.

RACE Credit Information

This program has been submitted for RACE approval (but is not yet approved) for 8 hours of continuing education credit for specific sessions in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

GLRDC 2024 Experts

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Angel Abuelo
Michigan State University

Rachelle Bennecke

Rochelle Bennecke
Stoney Hills Verterinary Service PLC


Marin Bozic
University of Minnesota

Barry Bradford, Barry, Department of Animal Science.

Barry Bradford
Michigan State University

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Kaitlyn Briggs
Dairy Management Inc.


Luis Briones
Elanco Animal Health

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Greg Crosley
Countryside Veterinary Service P.C.


Trevor Devries
University of Guelph


Gonzalo Ferreira
Virginia Tech


Jeff Firkins
The Ohio State University


Esther Flores
Lakeview Farms


Mark Fox
Thumb Veterinary Services

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Paul Fricke
University of Wisconsin

Charles Gould
Michigan State University Extension

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Ron Hanson
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Jason Karszes
Cornell University

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Luke Miller


Rafael Neves
Purdue University

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Juan Quezada
Milk Source, LLC

Pamela Ruegg
Michigan State University


Sarina Sharp
Daily Dairy Report

Dairy Industry Recognition

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will once again be the home base for the eleventh annual Dairy Industry Recognition where we will honor the industry’s leading producers, recognize dairy scholarship recipients and dairy judging team members, as well as announce the new group of dairy ambassadors.

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GLRDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference. With the current state of milk prices and ever-increasing consumer demands, dairy producers are facing a volatile environment. Attend this year’s Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference to arm yourself with the knowledge, tools and strategies to help ensure your future in dairy.

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