9 a.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop Hosted by Michigan State University

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture is a partnership between the state’s animal agriculture industries and MSU focused on advancing the Michigan animal agriculture economy. Three MSU faculty researchers will share how they have utilized M-AAA funds to examine practical solutions to problems Michigan dairy farmers face.

11 a.m.

Getting a Grip on Ag Economics & Your Business
David Kohl, AgriVisions LLC

The landscape of agriculture is in an accelerated change mode. Macro factors such as tariffs, trade wars, global and domestic economics are creating a surprise around every corner. The farmer and rancher of the decade of 2020-2030 will experience more change than in the past seventy years driven by the consumers, technology and management. To stay competitive, the producers of the future will require a high business IQ and be proactive in positioning the business for success.

12:30 p.m.


1:25 p.m.

The Latest Research in Forage Digestibility
Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University will share the latest findings from his research regarding the efficiency of absorbed amino acids, nitrogen metabolism and NDF digestion. This will allow you to work with your nutritionist to create diets that will maintain production and components while lowering overall intake and finding ways to utilize forage consumption to reduce non-farm raised feeds.

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Stretching Feed with Creative Forage Solutions Panel

Mike Van Amburgh will be joined by industry experts and producers like Dan Olson to share their experiences in stretching feed with creative forage solutions.

The Latest Trends in Feed Alternatives
Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota

This session will focus on the latest trends in feed alternatives such as whey, as DDG and other by products become scarcer for dairy and beef producers.  He will also explore feeding and management strategies to improve economic efficiencies in dairy beef.

New Trends in Technology
Kyle O’Brien, Michigan Dairy Tech

This session will showcase what has worked best for producers who have used technology in a variety of ways to enhance dairy operations across Michigan. Hear what has worked best for others and how to get the most bang for your buck in your new technology purchases. You will also learn everything you need to know about installing cameras for your protection and to help with transparency.

Creating a Legacy Plan for the Farm

Roger Betz, MSU Extension will host a panel of producers who will share their transition successes and pitfalls, including the story of Zoey (Brooks) Nelson and Brooks Farms in Wisconsin. In addition, you will learn tips for starting these challenging conversations and the data needed to take steps secure a legacy for your farm.

3:00 p.m.

Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase

3:30 p.m.

Repeat Breakout Sessions (see 2:00 p.m.)

4:45 p.m.

Producer Perspective: Breeze Dairy Group
Brian Gerrits, Breeze Dairy Group

Brian Gerrits, partner and CEO, will provide an inside look at the partnership of five Wisconsin farming families. He will share a little about their history, the unique partnership and where they are headed while showcasing their facilities.

Dairy Beef Market Report and Feedlot Closeout Analysis
Daniel Schaefer, University of Wisconsin

This session will focus on the latest trends in dairy beef markets and he market realities surrounding beef/dairy crosses. In addition, he will provide feedlot closeout analysis that can be applied to your dairy beef operations to increase profitability.

5:30 p.m.

Social Hour and Exhibitor Showcase