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World Dairy Expo Seminars Showcase Latest Research

World Dairy Expo Seminars Showcase Latest Research
Show will be held Oct. 2-6 at Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

At World Dairy Expo fresh ideas will be presented by the best in the dairy business. Eight free seminars will cover a variety of management topics including: management teams, drug residue, dairy exports, farm transferring, replacement heifers, dairy marketing, feed economics and milk quality.

Continuing education credits can be earned by members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and the American Association of State Veterinary Boards – RACE Program* (RACE). Additionally, all seminars will be available for viewing after they are presented at

TOP DAIRIES: Educational seminars will be showcased each day, Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2-6, in the Mendota 2 meeting room, in the Exhibition Hall.

Seminars will be showcased each day, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota 2 meeting room, in the Exhibition Hall. A&L Labs, Arm & Hammer, Badgerland Financial, Neogen Corporation, Zurex PharmAgra are sponsors of this year's seminars. Following is a brief synopsis of each Expo Seminar.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m.
"Building a Strong Management Team"
Dr. Bernard Erven, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
Sponsored by: Zurex PharmAgra
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Management teams are a key component to the success of every dairy. Dr. Bernard Erven will outline the three critical steps in forming an effective management team. Dairies have to identify what a management's team role will be, who will make best candidates including family and non-family team members and, finally, provide the right training and leadership to accomplish goals. The seminar will conclude with take home tips that any manager can use almost immediately on any size operation. Erven is a professor emeritus at the Ohio State University. For over 40 years, he has worked around North America consulting and giving presentations about hiring, training, motivation, compensation, performance feedback and discipline.  During his tenure at the university, he has been honored with numerous awards for his teaching including the U.S. Department of Agricultural National Excellence in Teaching Award and the American Agricultural Economics Association Group Extension Award.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.
"Avoiding Drug Residues in the Dairy Industry"
Dr. Geof Smith, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine
Sponsored by: Neogen Corporation
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

The use of pharmaceuticals is an important part of animal health. Proper administration and usage of drugs is important for everyone on the dairy. Record keeping and utilizing protocols are a vital part of avoiding the consequences that can ensue with drug residue. Dr. Geof Smith will discuss these critical points and give an overview of how drug residue testing in milk and meat is implemented in the U.S. Smith is an associate professor of ruminant medicine at the North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine. Over the past decade, his research has been primarily on ruminant animals with a focus on calf health and drug use in cattle. He is also a contributing columnist to Hoard's Dairyman magazine and has been featured in their monthly webinar series.


Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.

"Building U.S. Agricultural Exports: One BRIC at a Time"
Jason Henderson, Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch
Sponsored by: Badgerland Finacial  
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Brazil, Russia, India and China, also known as BRIC, have huge buying power, accounting for more than 40 percent of the world's consumers. As economic conditions improve in these countries, a growing middle class has emerged. Jason Henderson will discuss this growing market and how it will affect agricultural exports and global food production. Henderson is the vice president and executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch. His position has taken him from coast to coast and around the world for speaking engagements. Additionally, Henderson writes extensively, overseeing the quarterly publication of Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit and Agricultural Finance Databook. He also manages the Main Street Economist, a publication focusing on economic issues in rural America.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
"Planning for Change: Transitioning the Family Farm"
Elizabeth Rumley, J.D, LL. M, Staff Attorney, The National Agricultural Law Center
Sponsored by: EW Nutrition
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

You've decided to sell the farm to the next generation, and now what? Family farm transition is a process that takes time and open communication. Assets, management and decision making must all be transferred in order to make the transfer a successful one. Elizabeth Rumley will discuss how to make the transition while keeping the farm financially viable for all parties involved. She will also outline ideas on creating a structured plan for making a smoother transition to the next generation. Rumley is an attorney on staff at The National Agricultural Law Center. Her research focuses on the legal issues in animal agriculture. Her position at the Center has taken her across the U.S. to talk with both agricultural and non-agricultural audiences about legal issues facing the industry.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m.
"How to Many Replacement Heifers Does Your Dairy Need"
Dr. John Currin, Clinical Associate Professor, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Sponsored by: Nutrition Physiology Co. LLC
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

In the past, producers have struggled to have enough quality replacements. With the advent of sexed semen and having better reproductive management, the number of replacement heifers has been on the rise in recent years. Feed costs have also been on the rise and the price of bred heifers is on the decline. Dr. John Currin will discuss how to manage your replacement herd in terms of size and quality. Currin is a clinical associate professor of production management/food animal medicine in the department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. For over 15 years, he has worked training students and performing extension research. Before his tenure as an associate professor, he was a part of a large animal practice.

Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
"Making Sense of the Global Dairy Markets"
Alan Levitt, Vice President of Communications, U.S. Dairy Export Council
Sponsored by: Zurex PharmAgra
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

As global markets become more integrated, the need to understand the supply and demand of dairy products becomes more critical. Alan Levitt will be discussing just how large the global marketplace is and where the market is headed. He will outline the current U.S. export situation, key markets and what factors are driving the global price. Levitt was recently named Vice President of Communications at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. However, he was been working with the Council since 1995. Prior to joining the Council full time, he ran his own marketing and consulting firm, Levitt Communications, for 11 years. Levitt has over 25 years of experience studying and researching global markets for the dairy business.


Friday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.

"The Effect of Risk on Dairy Farm Management"
Dr. Christopher Wolf, Professor, Michigan State University
Sponsored by: Arm & Hammer
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Dairy farming involves more financial risk than ever. Market volatility and variability in crop yields have led to fluctuating milk and feed prices. Dr. Christopher Wolf will examine the risk that different sized dairies face, how risk has changed over time and what the management implications are for dairy farmers. He will also discuss the large range of risk management tools and strategies that are available. Wolf is a professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University. His research focuses on markets and policies related to dairy farming. His research and extension program focuses on management, markets and policies related to dairy farming.

Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.
"Should You Treat Them or Should You Eat Them?  How to Improve Your Mastitis Treatments and Maintain Healthy Cows"
Pamela Ruegg, DVM, MPVM, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sponsored by: A&L Labs
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Mastitis remains the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows and is one of the top reasons for culling. Dr. Pamela Ruegg will discuss the changing presence of mastitis pathogens on modern dairy farms and will demonstrate how and when antibiotic treatments should be used.  Differences in the types of pathogens, differences in cow characteristics and a better understanding of how bacteria behave in the udder will be covered using practical case studies. Dr. Ruegg is a professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her extension program is focused on improving milk quality and safety on dairy farms. Dr. Ruegg is a frequent speaker at dairy and veterinary conferences in the U.S. and internationally.

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