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Sick Calf Care
Dr. Tom Earleywine, Director of Nutritional Services with Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Solutions, joined the PDPW Dairy Signal with some tips on how to detect and care for sick calves:
Having A Plan
Marissa Nehlsen, Money and business strategist, certified speaker and coach, discusses strategies for a successful operation and life
Five Key Steps For Calf Care Protocol
This week’s PDPW Producer Tuesday, we’re joined by Dr. Vicky Lauer with Armor Animal Health discusses the Five C’s for calf care:
Keeping An Eye On Cattle Stress
Highlights from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, Dr. Nicole Burdick Sanchez PhD, Research Animal Scientist, Livestock Issues Research Unit, USDA-ARS:
Marketing Wisconsin Cheese
Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest efforts of marketing Wisconsin cheese across the nation and around the world:
Update On Genomics
Dr. Kent Weigel, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest in genomics:
Dealing With Difficult Workers
Michael Hoffman of Igniting Performance recently gave a presentation on the PDPW Dairy Signal on how to deal with difficult people, particularly the workers you manage on the farm.
The Five C’s Of Calf Care
Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian, Armor Animal Health, joined the PDPW Dairy Signal to share the Five C’s of Calf Care, a list originated by Dr. Sheila McGuirk:
Optimizing Calves Behavior
Dr. Trevor DeVries, Ph.D., Professor and Canada Research Chair Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph recently gave a presentation on the PDPW Dairy Signal relating to managing socially-housed calves by optimizing behavior, nutrition and management. Listen and/or View Here
Insurance: How Much Is Enough?
Sara Grade, Rural Mutual Insurance Company, spoke on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal about the importance of covering your assets during these inflationary times:
Dr. Gavin Staley, Technical Services Specialist with Diamond V – excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Cropping Out Your Future
What’s the difference between companion and cover crops. Matt Oehmichen, Co-Owner, Short Lane AG Supply LLC joins us on today’s PDPW Producer Tuesday to explain:
Living In A World Of Accelerated Change
Tom Thibodeau is a professor of servant leadership and is a friend of the Professional Dairy Producers. He joins us on this holiday week to share his gratitude for the American dairy farmer.
What Is Limiting Your Dairy Success
This week’s PDPW Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers, we hear from Tim Schaefer, CFP, Certified Family Business Advisor, Certified Professional Business Coach, Encore Consultants. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal
Risk Management For The New Year
Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC takes a look at 2022 and what to look for in 2023. Today’s Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers. These are exerpts from recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Farm Machine Technology Continues To Evolve
John Shutske, Professor and Extension Specialist in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest farm technologies:
Managing Transition Cows
A lot of research has gone into transition cow nutrition. Dr. Robert Van Saun DVM, MS, PhD,, Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian, Penn State University, has more than 40 years experience on the subject. He presented a recent update to viewers and listeners of the PDPW Dairy Signal:
Biosecurity on the Farm
Dr. Heather Roney DVM, Cattle Health Programs Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection update PDPW Dairy Signal viewers on the latest news regarding on-farm biosecurity.
A Reproductive Revolution
Dr. Paul Fricke, Dairy Reproduction Specialist with UW-Madison explains the Reproductive Revolution that has occurred since the 1950’s:
Healthy Farmer Focus
Our PDPW Producer Spotlight focuses on farmer health. Amy Miller is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting. She spoke on the PDPW Dairy Signal on the importance of taking care of yourself first – before the cows.
Dairy Innovation Hub Update
On our Producer Tuesday brought the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, we hear form Maria Woldt, program manager with the Dairy Innovation Hub.
Silo Safety Reminders
Chief Gerald Minor, Pittsville Fire Department joined the PDPW Dairy Signal with some important reminders on silo safety.
New Born Calf Management Goals
Managing newborn calves all begins with goals, according to Dr. Robert James, owner of Down Home Heifer Solutions, comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Effective Dairy Team Building
This week’s PDPW Producer Tuesday we dive into our dairy business head first with a look at how to improve operations and your bottomline:
Effective Team Building
Liz Griffith recently shared info about effective team building on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shares research that helps producers combat heat stress with their animals through proper, effective ventilation.
Dairy Protein Research Wide-Ranging
Dr. Denise Ney, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the benefits of dairy protein.
Diagnosing Your Calf
Dr. Keith Poulsen, PhD, Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL), University of Wisconsin shares a free presentation on PDPW’s Dairy Signal. Here’s an excerpt on Dairy Radio Now:
A lot goes in to feeding a cow, as we hear from Dr. Heather White from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal.
Navigating High Feed Prices
How high are feed prices? “Eye popping levels,” according to – Will Babler, Principle at Atten-Babler Commodities, LLC, who recently gave a presentation on PDPW’s Dairy Signal:
How Many Heifers To Succeed?
Dr. Gavin Staley, Technical Services Director at Diamond V, shares info from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal: on the production lifespan of a dairy cow, and just how many heifers are needed for a successful dairy operation.
Evaluation of Biochar on Anaerobic Digestion
Dr. Joseph Sanford, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, and UW-Platteville faculty researcher for the Dairy Innovation Hub recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on what Biochar is and how we continue to learn more research about it.
Understanding Ring Worm
We are in the prime time for showing cattle. It’s also prime time for ring worm, as we hear from Dr. Chelsea Holschbach, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine and Food Animal Production Medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine:
Understanding Ground Water
|David Hart, Hydrogeologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey discusses the importance of knowing your ground water. From A PDPW Dairy Signal:|
Matt Akins, dairy management specialist at UW-Madison gives us a refresher on investing and raising heifers:
Cattle Movement Requirements
On our Producer Tuesday brought to you by the Professional Dairy Producers – we look at requirements and regulations regarding cattle movement with Darlene Konkle with the Department of Ag Trade and Consumer Protection. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal.
Managing Heat Stress During Reproduction
Dr. Paul Fricke from the University of Wisconsin-Madison updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the importance of keeping cows cool.
Investing Off The Farm
Having options are important during these uncertain times. On this week’s PDPW Producer Tuesday, our topic is “Investing Off The Farm,” with PJ Madson, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Nicolet National BankBank. These are comments he shared from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal.
Alfalfa Grass Mixes Growing More Popular
Our PDPW Producer Tuesday focuses on timely management tips relating to quality forage with Dr. Don Miller, director of product development with Alforex Seeds.
Patrick Wood of Ag Methane Advisors, LLC discusses how dairy producers can be involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by being involved in carbon markets.
Fattening The Milk Check
Dr. Tom Overton, Director of the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell joined the PDPW Dairy Signal to discuss the importance of components during these times of high feed prices.
PDPW Announces Speakers for Weekly Dairy Signal
The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin says another group of speakers are set to take part in the online Dairy Signal program this week.
On Tuesday, Patrick Wood of Ag Methane Advisors, LLC will talk about how carbon markets present a number of opportunities for farmers, but also come with potential risks. There will also be some time for questions and answers.
A group of PhD students and a professor from the University of Florida will be Wednesday’s presenters. they will share research on the impact of choline on hepatic metabolism and performance in dairy cows as well as studies on how a cow’s ability to utilize nutrients can impact her production, health and reproduction.
And on Thursday, Economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company will be back with his biweekly update on news and analysis of agricultural markets that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry.
All episodes are free and available to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. They are streamed live at 12:00 noon or available on demand for later playback. Wisconsin Ag Connection
Tractor Safety Refresher
Cheryl Skjolaas, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UW-Madison/Division of Extension discusses regulations relating to tractor safety.
Living A Healthy Lifestyle
Amy Miller with Farmers Daughters Consulting, joins us on our PDPW Producer Tuesday to share the importance of living a healthy lifestyle:
Newborn Calf Management
Newborn calf management all begins with your goals. That’s according Dr. Robert James, PhD, PAS, Professor Emeritus, Dairy Science Department Virginia Tech, owner of Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc. He shares more from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal
Basketball Bracket Similar To Weather Forecast
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions discusses the similarities of forecasting the weather and filling out a college basketball bracket:
Optimizing Cow Behavior
Dr. Trevor DeVries, Ph.D., Professor and Canada Research Chair Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph joined the PDPW Dairy Signal recently,
Families Attend PDPW Annual Conference
Dairy producers and their families are gathering in Wisconsin Dells this week for the annual PDPW Business Conference. This year, attendees are back at the Kalahari Resorts. We hear more from servant leadership trainer Tom Thibodeau:
Tight Milk Production, Strong Prices
Peter Vitaliano, VP of Economic Policy & Market Research with the National Milk Producers Federation joined the PDPW Dairy Signal with the latest dairy market outlook.
Bold Ideas, Big Results
The 2022 PDPW Business Conference is March 16-17 at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells. Cassandra Strupp gives us a preview:
Companion Vs Cover Crops
PDPW’s recent Dairy Signal featured Matt Oehmichen, farmer and agronomist with Short Lane Ag Supply. He shared the difference between cover and companion crops.
Dr. Tom Earleywine of Land O’ Lakes Animal Milk Solutions presented to PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the common myths associated with feeding colostrum to baby calves.
There’s An App For That
Dairy farmers share what apps they use to help them on the farm. Sponsored by PDPW
Regiments To A Healthy Lifestyle
Amy Mydral Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting shares some tips on how to improve the new year with a healthier lifestyle. Heard on the Dairy Signal and Sponsored by PDPW.
Cows In The Classroom
PDPW’s Producer Tuesday revisits the Adopt-A-Cow Program. Forget the guinea pig. How about adopting a 100-pound dairy calf for your classroom mascot? Photos and stories about her life on the farm will make her “come alive” for students! The best part? It is free. Click Here For More Info
On our Producer Tuesday, we get an update on the organization “Feeding America;” and how the food-bank network works with dairy processors to help those in need. Sam Schwoeppe, Senior Account Manager for Feeding America, shares ways to support local food pantries now and throughout the entire year:
Cash Flow Budgeting
As we close out 2020 it is time to focus on farmer financials. On a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt is a Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist. Dr. Bernhardt’s teaching, Extension and scholarly interests include farm financial analysis and management, risk management, and commodity marketing.
‘Tis The Season For Wisconsin Cheese
Angie Edge with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest holiday marketing efforts. More at WisconsinCheese.com
Do You Have A Farm Rescue Plan?
You never know when you’ll need emergency personnel on your farm. That’s why it’s important to have a farm emergency rescue plan. A topic worth repeating from PDPW’s Dairy Signal:
Optimism For ’22
Dan Basse of AgResource Company is back from his travels and shares the latest market insights that impact the U.S. dairy industry. He updated viewers and listeners on the PDPW Dairy Signal.
It’s All About Effective Communication
It’s time for a team meeting! This week’s PDPW Producer Tuesday, we discuss effective team communication. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast, podcast. Listen to all of it.
Focusing On Heifer Development
Getting the most out of your heifer is our topic today on our Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Today, we hear from Megan Lauber, M.S. Graduate Research Assistant, Dairy Reproductive Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. He updated Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest with IDFA:
Wisconsin Cheese Spreads Nationwide
Angie Edge with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin joins us on today’s PDPW Producer Tuesday to update Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest marketing activities going on nationwide.
The Latest In Microbiome Research
This week’s Producer Tuesday features Dr. Noelle Noyes from the University of Minnesota, who recently shared on a PDPW Dairy Signal the latest news and research involving the microbiome.
This week’s Producer Tuesday features Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst at AgResource, who provided PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the latest domestic and global market conditions:
Dairy Innovation Hub Focuses On Research
The Dairy Innovation Hub provides $7.8M in state funding per year for broadly-defined dairy research at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls. The funding will support research personnel, farms and labs in four areas related to dairy that each span many academic disciplines:
- Stewarding land and water resources
- Enriching human health and nutrition
- Ensuring animal health and welfare
- Growing farm businesses and communities
Learn more about Dairy Innovation Hub funding opportunities at UW-Madison
Concerns Over Feed Market
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest market conditions and feed situation:
Adopt A Cow Program Gains Popularity
Karen Doster, Director, Youth and School Programs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin updated a Dairy Signal audience on the ever growing ‘Adopt A Cow” program:
Sweet Bran Benefits
Kirby Krogstad, Graduate Research Assistant, Animal Science, Michigan State University shares insight into feeding cattle sweet bran. His comments are from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast/podcast.
Dairy Market Update
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal listeners on the latest dairy market conditions:
The High Fertility Cycle
Dr. Paul Fricke, dairy reproduction specialist from UW-Madison updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers on the latest news regarding reproduction:
Milk Market More Stable
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest market conditions and where milk prices are heading for the coming year.
Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College discusses the popularity of solar technology. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Herd Expansion Continues
Dairymen are not pulling back on herd expansion, according to Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company. He gave dairy producers an update on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Adding Value To Your Dairy
Heather Moore, Owner, Moore Family Farms and Moore Local, from Maquoketa, Iowa shares how her family dairy operation continues to change and adapt to add more value to their operation. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
The Heat Is On
As temperature and humidity rise, we need to make sure all of our animals are effectively cooled. A great reminder from Dr. Geoffrey Dahl from the University of Florida, who updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated Dairy Signal viewers on the latest news regarding inflation and how it will affect the dairy industry:
What’s New In Washington
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for National Milk Producers Federation provides an update from our nation’s capital. Sponsored by PDPW.
Feed Market Indigestion
Dairy producers are getting a little indigestion from the latest feed prices, according to Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company who updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers/listeners:
Love For Cheesemaking
Redhead Creamery has been making artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013. But the dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of founder (and natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16. Today you can tour the creamery, host your event in our private space, or sample cheeses in the cheese shop. Today’s broadcast sponsored by PDPW Dairy Signal:
Concerning Corn Prices
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers with the latest on corn prices:
Methane Is Unique
Methane has an atmospheric removal process that is not being accounted for by agencies like the EPA, according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
U.S. Dairy Exports Highlight February
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company, updated dairy producers on the latest market conditions, including a big boost for U.S. dairy exports in February. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast.
Life With Robots
Iowa dairy farmer Dan Venteicher tells us about his robotic milking operation – from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
As Things Open Up, Don’t Let Guard Down
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says now is not the time to let our guard down as we begin to open more businesses and activities. His comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Risk Management Update
From a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, a refresher course in risk management with Will Babler, Principal at Atten Babler Commodities, LLC.
PDPW Conference Invites Walk-Ups, On-Demand
The 2021 PDPW Business Conference, March 17-18, 2021 at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. 42 Expert speakers from around the world will cover a wide array of topics in the areas of dairy production and health, business and finance, leadership and management, natural resources, human resources, food safety, consumer engagement and more. Learn more here.
Every year, there are people unable to attend PDPW Business Conference for one reason or another. This year, PDPW is making conference sessions available in a virtual on-demand format.
Nexus Brings Innovation To Dairy
Something new at PDPW’s Business Conference this year is Nexus, described as a combination of Shark Tank and Ted Talks. Nexus gives companies with cutting-edge technologies a platform from which they can connect with you – the dairy community’s most innovative and forward-thinking managers. Executive Director Shelly Mayer tells us more:
PDPW Annual Meeting Has New Location
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will meet March 17th and 18th at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Executive Director Shelly Mayer discusses the board’s decision to move forward with this year’s conference.
Drought Conditions Concerning
More than half of the nation is in some form of drought. Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions updated Dairy Signal viewers on the Spring forecast:
Excess Production Brings Price Volatility
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal about why volatile milk prices are here to stay.
Dairy Farming During Climate Control
Dairy farmers are dedicated to healthy cows and wholesome milk, and continue to improve environmental stewardship to help reduce their carbon footprint. Emily Yeiser Stepp with the the national dairy FARM program joined us again to discuss on today’s Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
Farmers Assuring Responsible Management
Open to all U.S. dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program works to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry is taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk and adhering to the highest standards of workforce development. FARM program VP Emily Yeiser Stepp updated Dairy Radio listeners:
Future Includes Innovation, Collaboration
The Dairy Innovation Hub, which the state of Wisconsin is supporting to the tune of $7.8 million per year, harnesses dairy research and development at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls campuses. Faculty director Heather White gave PDPW Dairy Signal listeners an update:
The Right Team Member
Liz Griffith, market development, human resource consultant with Encore Consultants updated dairy producers on a recent Dairy Signal webcast on how to build an effective team:
Succession Planning 101
Attorney George Twohig provided PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the latest in farm succession planning:
Top Ten Issues On ’21 Radar
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company addresses the top ten issues for dairy producers as we head into a brand new year. Basse’s comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Food Trends Changing Rapidly
Consumer preferences have changed rapidly during the global pandemic, according to Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity who updated Dairy Signal viewers on the latest consumer trends:
Less Milk Market Volatility Expected
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers on what to expect for 2021 milk prices: