Dairy, Domino’s and a Pittsburgh Steeler

1/26/2013 7:00 AM

Pa. Dairy Summit Gearing Up for 2013 Event

At the 2013 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, attendees will have the opportunity to attend multiple joint sessions featuring everything for the expected dairy topics, to Domino’s Pizza and a former Pittsburgh Steeler.

Wednesday’s lunch session will feature Domino’s Pizza, “A Friend of Dairy.”

Domino’s Pizza has proven more than once that it’s a friend of dairy. With consumer sales dropping off significantly, Domino’s made a bold move in 2009 by reinventing its product with 40 percent more cheese.

By the spring of 2010, the chain’s pizza sales were up nearly 15 percent, thanks to a partnership with Dairy Checkoff. Brandon Solano will offer a customer showcase of Domino’s Pizza, which revitalized its brand by adding more cheese.

The Wednesday afternoon session will feature a dairy producer profile with Lloyd and Daphne Holterman.

They own Rosy-Lane Holsteins, a 850-cow dairy in Wisconsin. The Holtermans’ breeding program has resulted in more than 60 bulls sold to A.I. companies and six females now in the top 500 GTPI females in the U.S., based on genomic testing.

The Wednesday evening keynote address and silent auction will center on Rocky Bleier’s life story of courage on both the football field and the battlefield.

Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.

Thursday’s closing sessions, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m., will feature a panel discussion, “Why We Grew in Pennsylvania: Next Generation of Growth in Pennsylvania.”

Why are Ben Mullen, Josh Waddell, and Rich Lindell excited to be in the Pennsylvania dairy business and making plans for a long term future in it? This producer panel represents the younger generation of dairy producers, and they’ll share what their operation is doing, what their plans are for the future of their dairy business, and their positive stories about their generation’s growth-oriented, progressive dairy philosophy.

The 2013 conference will also feature multiple breakout. A detailed list of some of the sessions is below.

Wednesday Breakouts

“Workforce Compliance and Standard Operating Procedures:” Mary Kraft, resource director and CFO of Badger Creek Farm — As the resource director and chief financial officer of two of the top dairies in Colorado, Badger Creek Farm Inc. and Ridge Dairy LLC, Kraft oversees 75 full-time employees managing 5,000 dairy cows. She can offer communications and assessment tools that can help producers more effectively manage their workforce for a more productive and successful dairy.

“Managing Mastitis and Achieving Higher Milk Quality Goals:” Dr. Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin at Madison — Dr. Ruegg is Wisconsin’s expert on the prevention and treatment of bovine mastitis and on-farm factors that influence milk quality and safety. With increased SCCs and cases of mastitis leading to lost milk production and premiums, plus the potential loss of a milk market, Dr. Ruegg will identify key management strategies that can lead to higher milk quality and lower incidents of mastitis.

“Using Genomics in a Commercial Dairy Herd:” Steve Bodart, Lookout Ridge Consulting, and Lloyd Holterman — Ge nomics may fit for the small herds looking to market genetics, but can it really work on a commercial dairy? Hear from Steve Bodart, senior agribusiness consultant and dairy specialist with Lookout Ridge Consulting, on strategies using the genomic technology that can benefit commercial dairy herds. Lloyd Holterman, who has 850 cows, will also talk about how he has used genomics at Rosy-Lane Holsteins in Wisconsin.

“Complying with Increasing Environmental Regulations:” A panel with Tim Kurtz, dairy producer, Peter Hughes, Red Barn Consulting, and Marcus Kohl, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection — Hear three different perspectives on what it takes to comply with today’s environmental regulations and what the true cost is to the dairy producer.

Thursday Breakouts

“Making Group Calf Housing Work on Your Dairy:” Jody Neal, Poverty Hill Dairy, and Dr. David Galligan, University of Pennsylvania — If done right, housing your wet calves in groups can save money and increase profits on the farm. However, not following the right protocols can create increased incidents of disease and higher morbidity and mortality rates among your replacements. Hear from Jody Neal, a dairy producer from New York, on how they have made it work on their dairy. Dr. Galligan will provide research supporting strategies for implementation.

“Managing Feed Costs from the Field to the Feed Bunk:” Sean Jones, Jones Dairy Farm, and Dr. Bob Fry, Atlantic Dairy Consulting — The biggest expense on any dairy is feed cost. It can also be the most significant factor in the difference between 70 pounds and 90 pounds of milk per cow per day. Sean Jones, a Maryland dairy producer, will share his strategies for maximizing yields and quality, while minimizing costs of the feed they harvest, store and feed in their bunk. Dr. Bob Fry, a nutritionist for Jones Dairy, will offer his perspective and share how they have successfully maintained higher intakes, minimal losses and maximized milk production through their feeding strategies.

“Identifying the Right Number of Replacements for Your Dairy:” Steve Bodart, Lookout Ridge Consulting — Steve Bodart will look at strategies for identifying the right number of replacements for a dairy. With the price of corn more than $7 per bushel and soybeans more than $15, it doesn’t pay to put a lot of money into replacement heifers.


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