Controlling Feed Costs in Today’s Market with Walt Moore, Jared Kurtz and Rainey Rosemond
With overall feed costs representing anywhere from 35 to 70 percent of the total costs on a dairy farm, this panel discussion will feature two dairy producers who will share their go-to strategies for managing feed costs and maintaining forage quality in the midst of record-high grain prices.
Evolution of Beef in the Dairy Herd with Dr. Tara Felix and Dr. Chad Dechow
Ensuring improved herd genetics and good quality beef offspring takes a well-thought-out strategy, but strategies are evolving every day. This session will provide insight on how beef can help you achieve your performance goals.
Integrating Robotic Milking Systems with Dale and Clay Hemminger, Glenn Brake, and Dan McFarland
This panel discussion will feature multiple dairy producers who have successfully integrated robotic milking systems on their operations. They will evaluate the pros and cons of robotics, how the systems are helping drive milk production, and lessons learned after integrating this technology into their operations.
Protecting Yourself from Animal Activism with Casey Kinler, Brook Duer and State Police Master Trooper Kelly Osborne-Filson.
When it comes to animal activism, being proactive instead of reactive can help you protect your operation. This session will dive into steps you can take to protect yourself from activists, including understanding privacy laws, taking security measures, holding employee trainings, maintaining facilities, being vigilant online, and more.
Who Will Own This When I’m Gone?: Generational Leadership with Josh Kieffer
When working with family and multiple generations on the farm, unresolved conflicts, resistance to change and other communication barriers can all contribute to poor business performance. This session will offer strategies for motivating leaders of all ages and share how working together to embrace both youth and wisdom can benefit your operation.
Improving Production and Crop Yields With In-Furrow Technologies with Jonathon Rotz
The in-furrow market is growing, and some say it is one of the fastest-growing trends in agriculture. This session will give you an understanding of how in-furrow technologies can protect the seed at a critical stage in the growth cycle and the potential impacts on soybean and corn crops.
Breaking Down Hedging and Risk Management with Jacob Thompson, Zach Myers, and Katie Burgess
A reliable risk management strategy can lead to a more consistent milk price with less volatility compared to relying on market prices alone. This panel discussion will feature three risk management professionals who will share updates on hedging and risk management.
Predicting 2022 Dairy Markets with Matt Gould
Predicting milk prices and dairy markets is never 100 percent accurate, but looking ahead can help you identify trends and plan your risk management strategy. This session will look at the upcoming year and analyze potential demand for domestic and international markets, expectations for exports, milk supply and contributing factors, and more.
Benchmarking to Bolster Your Bottom Line with Doug Harbach and Jason Karszes
Benchmarking can help dairy producers avoid financial risk. This panel discussion will include several dairy producers who will share how benchmarking has helped them achieve their unique goals and bolstered their bottom line.
Investigating Consumer Trends with Kristiana Alexander and Dr. John Stanton
Consumer trends are constantly changing, especially as work and family life have evolved throughout the pandemic. This session will provide data and insight on current consumer trends and how they might shape the direction of the dairy industry.
Maintaining High Standards With Biosecurity Plans with Miquela Hanselman
Maintaining high standards when it comes to animal care, workplace settings, and environmental and antibiotic stewardship can help operations be prepared if crisis strikes and demonstrates an industry-wide commitment to consumers. This session will share ways you can develop a biosecurity plan and maintain these high standards.
Navigating the Logistics Nightmare with Eric Boyle
Transporting milk and getting it on the shelves is something that happens 24/7, 365 days a year. When unexpected events occur or the supply chain gets disrupted, freight and trucking logistics are more important than ever. This panel discussion will feature industry professionals from various companies who will analyze how these freight logistics impact the dairy industry and the process of getting essential supplies and equipment to farms.
In addition to these breakout sessions, you can enjoy “side servings” and bonus breakout sessions throughout the Summit that are focused on alternative methods of heifer raising, alternative forages to balance out feed costs, Dairy Checkoff, and more.