7 a.m.


Dairy Girl Network Breakfast

8 a.m.

Understanding the Science of Genomics and How It Can Drive Management Decisions
Peter Hansen, Ph.D., University of Florida
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and genomics are changing the landscape of the dairy industry more quickly than ever before. Understanding the data and making the best management decisions can be challenging. Hansen will decode the data and share strategies to help producers make the most profitable decisions for the future of their farms.

9 a.m.

Practical Application of IVF on Dairies Across the U.S.

Hear from producers across the country as they share their IVF strategies.

9:45 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Maternity Pen Design From the Cow’s Perspective
Kathryn Proudfoot, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Explore how you can use dairy cow behavior to help you make better management and housing decisions at calving. Proudfoot will discuss practical ways to allow dairy cows to seek the seclusion they look for as they prepare to give birth that will help you bust the bulk tank down the line.

11:15 a.m.

Positioning for Success in the Economic Reset
David Kohl, Ph.D., Virginia Tech professor emeritus
Now entering the fourth year of the agricultural economic reset, varying degrees of financial stress are emerging in many agricultural sectors. What is around the corner and down the road concerning the global and domestic economy, land values, cash rents and the overall bottom line? This session will examine both the short-run and long-run economic and financial picture. What are the adjustments producers and lenders must make to position for success? The session will provide a new look at burn rate, not only on working capital, but also on core land equity, along with trends that will have an impact on the industry now and by 2030. Come with your questions to this high-energy session that will get you prepared for one of the most critical periods in agriculture.

12:45 p.m.


2 – 4:30 p.m.


Lean Farming
Susanne Pejstrup, Lean Farming, Inc.
Farmers will learn strategies in lean farming to help increase productivity. Pejstrup will explain how farmers can introduce standards, systematic work procedures and structure, and the culture of continuous improvement to improve the bottom line.

Labor Regulations and Legal Requirements
Karl W. Butterer, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
Labor policy, regulations and requirements are confusing and constantly changing. Attorney Butterer will share the latest changes in policy, and explain labor regulations and requirements that farmers need to know to ensure their operation is in compliance. Producers are encouraged to bring their questions to the session.

Robotics Producer Panel
Producers who have installed robotic systems from Lely, DeLaval and GEA will share their experiences in a panel discussion. Hear their successes and stumbles from install to operation and their best management strategies to move their operations forward.

5 p.m.

6 p.m.


Dinner and Awards Program