7 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Maximizing Income Over Feed Costs 
Tom Overton, Cornell University

This session will focus on strategies to maximize milk income over feed costs (IOFC), which is the herd metric most related to overall farm profitability. The session will include results from business-focused farm discussion groups that detail which factors contribute to income over feed costs (IOFC), and how to feed and manage cows to make sure that herds are maximizing IOFC.

9:15 a.m.

Techniques and Trends in Respiratory Disease, Salmonella and Management in Calves
Chelsea Holschbach, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Chelsea Holschbach, a board-certified internist, working as a Clinical Instructor in Large Animal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will share the latest trends in respiratory disease, salmonella, and antibiotic resistance. In addition she will discuss techniques for monitoring calves for early detection, treatments and more to help keep your calves healthy.

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase

10:30 a.m.

Feed and Milk Markets
Sarina Sharp, Daily Dairy Report

Hear the latest dairy, cattle, and feed market trends from Sarina Sharp of the Daily Dairy Report. Sarina grew up on a dairy farm in West Michigan and hedges milk and feed for her family’s dairy farms. Sarina will provide her outlook for your bottom line.

11:15 a.m.

Understanding the of New CAFO Permit Requirements and the Future of Winter Spreading
Erica Rogers, Michigan State University Extension, Megan McMahon and Sylvia Heaton, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Experts will explain the new CAFO permit requirements and explain what is needed to meet these requirements. They will also discuss winter spreading policies and what this may mean for all producers in the future.

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Farmer Brown on Family Business
Jolene Brown, CSP and CPAE

Jolene’s been called agriculture’s version of Dr. Phil. Her 30+ years of working with farm families have taught her valuable lessons of what works…and what doesn’t. In this insightful and fun-filled session, she’ll address the most frequently asked family business questions and share five behaviors of successful legacy businesses. You will learn that it requires intentional work to make a good family business even better!

2:15 p.m.


Tough Questions in Tough Situations
Jolene Brown

Uh-oh! Here they come – consumer groups, the public, the media, government officials, urban friends. What’s the best way to answer their tough questions? Are the responses self-defending or public educating? Is it possible to do both and still respond? During this participatory session, producers will practice preparing and listening, before responding to sample questions. Learn what makes “news” and the current hot topics for agriculture. Explore the top ten pet peeves of the media and why everyone in production agriculture must do their homework. There is tremendous value in being a true professional in the midst of challenge.

The Latest Recommendations in Building Design and Retrofits
Courtney Halbach, The Dairyland Initiative with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine

Learn how to implement the latest recommendations in barn design with a specific focus on stall design, ventilation and pen layouts to optimize cow well-being and performance. These concepts are applicable for all herd sizes, milking systems, and new and retrofit facilities.

Utilizing Livestock Manure with Growing Crops
Glen Arnold, The Ohio State University

Glen Arnold will share results from research and production projects where corn was sidedressed with liquid manure through V4 stage of crop development to allow for extended application of manure and reduced needs for purchased nitrogen. Learn tips for success and examine the costs associated with tackling this type of application.

Transition Cow Management
Tom Overton, Cornell University

The transition period continues to be the most important period of the lactation cycle with regard to cow health and establishing subsequent productivity and reproductive function. Hear the key nutritional and non-nutritional management strategies along with monitoring strategies for transition cow programs in dairy herds.

3:30 p.m.

Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase

3:45 p.m.

Workshops Repeat

The Latest Recommendations in Building Design and Retrofits

Utilizing Livestock Manure with Growing Crops

Transition Cow Management

5 p.m.

Dairy Industry Reception
Michigan Dairy Ambassador Silent Auction Opens

5:30 p.m.

Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night