Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 38 of The Dairy Signal™ educational programs. Episodes this week will focus on management strategies in nutrition and the transition period to help dairy producers start the new year strong.
Dr. John Goeser, Ph.D., Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison, and Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at UW-Madison, will uncover hidden nutrition and feed cost opportunities that elite and progressive dairies have discovered, and provide feed inventory management strategies to make the most of forage supplies. Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer will focus on cow-side care during the transition period to ensure dairy producers are setting cows up for a successful lactation and reproductive cycle.
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, shared an update on the Tuesday episode on how the food system has adapted to the changes in both consumers’ buying behavior and perceptions of food during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared insights on how the dairy industry can respond to meet consumer demand and addressed questions of sustainability and nutrition of our products.
On the Wed., Dec. 16 episode, John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin, provided an update on the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin and answered questions about the available vaccines and plans for distribution across the state and country. Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Eau Claire area, shared resources for employers to keep employees safe and comply with appropriate state and federal reporting requirements.
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company returned on Thurs., Dec. 17, with a look at dairy and feed market outlooks for 2021. He outlined expectations for both record large milk production and record large demand, as well as less volatility in markets as COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramps up during the year.
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Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
Tuesday, December 22 Topic: Take a look at the top nutrition trends in 2020 and hear about some of the hidden opportunities in nutrition management, feed costs and inventory management to take your dairy to the next level in 2021. Episode presenters include:
· Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
· Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, December 23
Topic: Learn practical tips on optimizing the transition cow period for top milk production and reproductive performance. Episode presenter includes:
· Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer
There will not be an episode of The Dairy Signal on Thursday, December 24.