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.
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.
The Latest Research in Forage Digestibility
Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University
New Vision Farms is a multi-family farming operation spanning three generations that is located in Henry County, Ohio. Rob Rettig will provide an overview of the operation’s unique approach to partnerships to succeed now and as the landscape of agriculture changes. (Rettig will go into greater detail on the topic during a later breakout session.)
Stretching Feed with Creative Forage Solutions Panel
Mike Van Amburgh will be joined by industry experts and producers like Dan Olsen 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 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.
Networking Break and Exhibitor Showcase
Repeat Breakout Sessions (see 1:45 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.
Social Hour and Exhibitor Showcase