Free Registration for GLRDC 2021

The 19th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) is going virtual in 2021. The conference will take place Feb. 4-5, 2021. Experts will share strategies and projections to help producers and industry representatives make the most of the next year and beyond. Due to the overwhelming support of the sponsors the committee is excited to announce that the conference is free for all to attend. We still need you to register online at

The first session will take place on Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. featuring Mary Ledman, Global Dairy Strategist with Rabobank. Ledman is a thought leader who has extensive knowledge of domestic and international dairy markets, policy and has more than thirty years of experience in production agriculture, food processing, government service, agricultural policy, dairy risk management, market information and dissemination, and milk and dairy product price forecasting. In addition to her global experience, she is very familiar with the Midwest and unique financial challenges presented in Michigan. She will provide recommendations to help your business thrive in 2021 and beyond.

The second session will start at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, featuring Tangaroa Walker, a dairy producer and social media influencer from Southland, New Zealand. He will provide a virtual tour of his operation, discuss the challenges and successes of operating in New Zealand and share his perspective on the global dairy market. In addition, he will discuss his journey into social media and how that has helped enhance his operation. Back by popular demand Kreeger and Associates is hosting an online heifer auction prior to the session. Don’t miss your chance to bid on some beautiful animals before you join our session.

The last formal conference session will take place on Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. with a focus on Raising the Perfect Calf: Your Future Herd Profit Center with Dr. Sandra Godden, DVM, DVSc from the University of Minnesota. Godden will discuss current recommendations for key management areas for care of the pre-weaned calf, including goals for monitoring health and growth, transfer of passive immunity, newborn care, colostrum management, nutritional management, and pros and cons of individual versus group housing systems.  Learning to manage the newborn calves will help ensure a lifetime of performance and profitability.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is hosting a bonus session with a focus on how strategic planning can change the dairy and is scheduled for Feb. 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. MSU Extension experts Melissa McKendree, Stan Moore, Corey Clark, Jonathan LaPorte, and Barry Bradford along with a panel of producers will discuss strategic business planning for dairies. The producers will share how they have gone through significant changes in their own dairy businesses.

The conference will also feature a short informational presentation hosted by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) as a part of each session where you will hear an overview of the organization’s dairy promotional activities.

In addition to the exceptional educational sessions, attendees can connect with various agricultural companies by visiting our website sponsor page or joining the networking session. In addition, producers will have the opportunity to purchase heifers and cows through Kreeger and Associates GLRDC All Breeds Online Exchange on Thursday evening.

While registration is free attendees are asked to register by Feb. 3, 2021. For more information about the conference or to register online, visit To register by phone, call 517-884-7089.

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) will be celebrating its sixteenth year in 2018 and we want you to be a part of it. Since its inception in 2002, the GLRDC has grown from a small meeting to a large producer-based and driven conference that attracts more than 350 dairy producers from across the state of Michigan and throughout the Midwest. The conference was developed by producers and dairy industry representatives for producers, and its founders and planning members continue to be committed to building a program packed with useful and timely information from a variety of high-quality speakers.  Thanks to our sponsors, the GLRDC has been able to continually expand its offerings while remaining true to its dairy-inspired theme: learning and profiting together.

We’re inviting you to be a part of our continued growth by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 GLRDC. This is a key opportunity to position your name in front of the state’s dairy producers.  GLRDC continues to draw a variety of producers from large to small and tends to draw many producers in the 18-36 age range. These producers are the ones you want to get to know!

The 2018 GLRDC will be held Feb. 8-10 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The conference will feature David Kohl who will give producers insight on the industry. It will also feature a panel of producers from across the country who are taking innovative approaches to manage the low price of milk, Dr. Peter Hansen from University of Florida will talk latest in Genomics followed by a panel of producers, Dr. Katie Proudfoot from Ohio State University will focus on behavior and health in transition cows. Experts will also share insights on LPC’s and marketing milk and milk supply strategies. The conference will also feature workshops on lean and continuous management as a management strategy on farms, knowing the laws around labor management and a robotic system producer panel. Also don’t forget GLRDC will feature the 11th annual Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night.

You will also have the opportunity to support the Dairy Ambassador Program through your sponsorship process. The program offers high school and college students across the state leadership and learning experiences are customized to meet the specific goals of the ambassadors. The program offers all applicants specialized training to serve as dairy ambassadors throughout the year at various community and state-wide events. Your support will go a long way to supporting these youth and we ask you to consider adding this to your sponsorship portfolio this year.

If you have questions, please contact me at (616) 293-3189. You may also contact Megghan Honke Seidel at  or (989) 666-3773. To learn more about sponsorship or register for your sponsorship go to:

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Michigan dairy industry! We look forward to seeing you in February.