Friday – Tentative Schedule

7 a.m.

Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase

8:30 a.m.

View from the Other Side of the Lake
Lee Kinnard, Kinnard Farms

Kinnard Farms, Inc. is a family owned dairy and crop farm based in North Central Kewaunee County Wisconsin about 25 miles north of Green Bay. The farm was founded in 1948 by Alvin and Milly Kinnard with the purchase of 80 aces, 14 cows and seven heifers. Today the farm consists of 8,200 cows, 7,000 heifers located in Colorado and 10,750 acres and employs more than 100 people and generates jobs indirectly for hundreds more. The operation focuses on continued sustainability of land and resources for future generations. Join us to hear more about the unique perspective from the other side of the lake and strategies that can help your farm succeed.

9:30 a.m.

Expert Panel: Strategies to Recruit, Retain and Develop Your Farm’s Team

Panelists:

  • Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC
  • Esther Flores, Green Top Acres, formally Van Erk Dairy
  • Martin J. Carrasquillo-Mangual, MSU Extension Educator

10:45 a.m.

Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase

11:15 a.m.

Sustainability Focus Critical for the Future Success of the Dairy Industry
Sara Place, Elanco Animal Health  

Hear how implementing sustainability strategies is critical to not only help achieve climate neutrality, better optimize water usage and improve water quality but also improve your bottom line. Dairy is critical to a sustainable food system as cattle eat about 90 percent of what can’t be digested by humans. Learn about specific animal and environment centric practices you can implement to increase the sustainability of your farm, improve relationships with consumers, and increase profitability.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

1:45 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions                                      

Leading a Profitable and Healthy Dairy Farm Business Out of the Pandemic and into the Exciting and Challenging New World.
Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC

The pandemic has highlighted the enormous value of great leadership and the consequences of leadership failures. The focus will be how owners, leaders, and managers can harness great leadership to thrive in the future. Topics will include leadership vs. management, vision/mission. Strategy, and ways to use leadership to enhance productivity and enhance your farm business culture.

Winter Forages Can Boost Your Bottom line and Improve Your Soil
Thomas Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems LLC and Lee Kinnard, Kinnard Farms

Hear from Thomas Kilcer and Producer Lee Kinnard about the opportunities and challenges with winter forages. Producers are discovering improvement in soil health, reduced soil erosion with the use of winter forages. In addition, double cropping with winter forages offers an opportunity to increase yield/acre by more than 30 percent.

Heifer Reproductive Strategies
Joseph Dalton, University of Idaho

Heifers do not provide a return on investment until after entering the milking string. Learn the latest research in heifer reproduction and hear various strategies to help meet your age at conception goals to better manage feed costs associated with raising heifers.

3:00 p.m.

Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase

2:15 p.m.

Repeat – Afternoon Breakout Sessions                                      

Leading a Profitable and Healthy Dairy Farm Business Out of the Pandemic and into the Exciting and Challenging New World.
Bob Milligan, Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC

The pandemic has highlighted the enormous value of great leadership and the consequences of leadership failures. The focus will be how owners, leaders, and managers can harness great leadership to thrive in the future. Topics will include leadership vs. management, vision/mission. Strategy, and ways to use leadership to enhance productivity and enhance your farm business culture.

Winter Forages Can Boost Your Bottom line and Improve Your Soil
Thomas Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems LLC

Hear from Thomas Kilcer and others about the opportunities and challenges with winter forages. Producers are discovering improvement in soil health, reduced soil erosion with the use of winter forages. In addition, double cropping with winter forages offers an opportunity to increase yield/acre by more than 30 percent.

Heifer Reproductive Strategies
Joseph Dalton, University of Idaho

Heifers do not provide a return on investment until after entering the milking string. Learn the latest research in heifer reproduction and hear various strategies to help meet your age at conception goals to better manage feed costs associated with raising heifers.

3:15 p.m.

Michigan Holstein Association Meeting

4:45 p.m.

Dairy Industry Reception
Michigan Dairy Ambassador Silent Auction Opens

5:15 p.m.

Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night

9:00 p.m.

Conference Concludes