7 a.m.


8 a.m.

Learn From the Aggregate Industry to Expand Your Margins
Ross Veltema, Top Grade Aggregates, and Allen Bonthuis, AIS Equipment

Farms are similar to the aggregate industry in that they spend a significant amount of time handling materials – from feed and manure to sand and livestock. Experts Ross Veltema and Allen Bonthuis will provide a brief look into how the aggregate industry works to trim nine types of waste to expand margins and improve their bottom line. (These experts will also dig deeper during their afternoon workshop.)

8:30 a.m.

Basic Dairy Economics: A Specific Look at the Economics of Marginal Milk
Kevin Dhuyvetter, Dairy Technical Consultant, Elanco Animal Health

Explore how economic principles relate to trends in the dairy industry. Kevin Dhuyvetter, Ph.D., will explain how these economic principles lead to the “macro-micro conundrum”; that is, what might be optimal for the industry isn’t necessarily optimal for individual producers, and vice versa. He will also share examples to demonstrate the economics of marginal milk.

9:15 a.m.

Precision Dairy That Pays

Elizabeth Eckelkamp, Dairy Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

Learn about current and emerging precision dairy technologies and how they relate to management, herd health, and estrus. Elizabeth Eckelkamp, Ph.D., will highlight the economic impact that precision technologies can make, and what you still need to know to make wise decisions for your dairy.

10:00 a.m.

Break and Exhibitor Showcase

10:30 a.m.

Management of Young Calves for 2020 and Beyond
Drew Vermeire, President and Consulting Nutritionist,  Nouriche Nutrition Ltd.

It’s been more than 20 years since Israeli research started a revolution in calf management and nutrition by demonstrating the profound impact of early calf nutrition on lifetime milk production in dairy cows. Learn about where we are now and where we should be headed from internationally recognized animal nutritionist Drew Vermeire, Ph.D. He’ll discuss economic strategies for producing healthy, productive calves that are the future of your dairy operation.

11:15 a.m.

Beyond Survival: Rediscovering How to Thrive in Tough Times
Mark Jewell, Mark Jewell Speaking and Training

If there’s one thing Mark Jewell is intimately familiar with, it’s living in survival mode. During childhood
alone, his family was touched by a series of events ranging from parental illness to the fallout of animal activism – it was enough to make anyone say,What Mark has come to learn, though, is that it doesn’t  have to be this way. We can discover how to thrive, even in the worst of situations. In his address, Mark will share with you his “surviving to thriving” stories – and uncover the ways we all can find light in the darkest of times. “We’re just trying to keep our heads above water.”

12:15 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Dairy Research at MSU: Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture Projects
Adam Lock, Associate Professor, MSU Department of Animal Science

Since 2015, the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture, or M-AAA, has supported research and Extension projects that aim to enhance the animal agriculture economy of Michigan. In this session, you’ll learn about the results of projects funded by the M-AAA program on topics such as dairy cow nutrition, health, welfare, and reproduction, as well as on dairy farm management and workforce development.

Learn From the Aggregate Industry to Expand Your Margins
Ross Veltema, Top Grade Aggregates, and Allen Bonthuis, AIS Equipment

In this follow-up to their earlier presentation, Veltema and Bonthuis will discuss how economic analysis and waste trimming strategies from the aggregate industry translate to agriculture. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and learn key strategies to expand your margins.

Economic Considerations for Raising and Culling Dairy Replacement Heifers
Michael Overton, Advisor on Dairy Informatics, Elanco Animal Health

Explore the estimated cost of raising dairy replacement heifers from birth through calving, including the impact of mortality and elective culling. Michael Overton, D.V.M., will review an economic model that includes the contrasting effects of herd size, liquid diet and housing type. He will also provide an economic evaluation of a heifer culling strategy that includes both the extra cost and potential increase in value.

2:45 p.m.

Break and Exhibitor Showcase

3:00 p.m.

Repeat Workshops (see 1:30 p.m.)

4:15 p.m.

5 p.m.

Reception and Ambassador Silent Auction

Dinner and Awards Program