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Form-A-Feed Professional Dairy Conference

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Form-A-Feed Dairy Conference

Join Form-A-Feed on January 18th and 19th for our 17th Annual Professional Dairy Conference at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN!  You won’t want to miss our amazing line-up of speakers and the chance to network your dairy peers! This year’s conference theme is “Surviving to Thriving.”

Register by January 11th, 2018! For early bird pricing, register by December 22nd, 2017!






Dairy Conference 2018

Pre-Conference Session: Thursday, January 18th at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch

Attracting & Retaining a Committed, Productive Workforce
Dr. Robert Milligan, Dairy Strategies, LLC and Mario Solis Flores, Form-A-Feed

With immigration issues, low unemployment, worker rights movements, and increasing reliance on employees, hiring and retaining has become the most important issues facing many dairy farms. It is easy to complain about the issues, but unfortunately it does no good. You can, however, hire and retain great employees by improving your hiring, leading, and supervising skills.

Dairy Conference Day 1: Thursday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.

lance baumgard dairy conferenceHow and Why Heat Stress Reduces Profitability
Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

Heat stress compromises profitable dairy production and the origin of the problem is the barrier function of the gut. Normally the intestine is an effective barrier separating the cow from the “outside world” and when this obstacle becomes damaged it allows unwanted molecules to enter into circulation and this causes an immune response. Essentially, the heat-stressed cow has an activated immune response which then steals nutrients away from milk production.

The Benefits of Proper Heifer Grouping Producer Panel & Virtual Tour
Evergreen Acres – Paynesville, MN | Gustafson Dairy Heifers – Willmar, MN | Udder Wise Dairy – Tilden, WI

Learn how to take your heifer program to the next level with proper grouping, feeding and management strategies. With heifer raising a top-3 cash cost on your dairy (behind feed and labor cost), it is important to utilize practices and protocols that maximizes heifer growth and health. Heifers are an investment that provide no milk revenue until they calve, so there is huge profit opportunity by doing things right.

See and hear how the heifer panel farms are using grouping, feeding and management strategies from weaning to pre-calving to maximize growth, health and profits.
This session will include virtual farm tours as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions to our panel of the heifer raisers. Come prepared to learn from other producers

Thursday Evening Keynote Speaker Mark Jewell

Mark Jewell Dairy Conference

Surviving to THRIVING

Mark Jewell is a speaker, trainer and coach serving individuals and organizations by helping them STOP surviving and START thriving in any behavior.
Leveraging his experience growing up on a unique farm in Minnesota, Mark brings stories from the past and turns them into relevant lessons today about what it takes to get out of survival mode and start thriving in all areas of life. For nearly 20 years, Mark has been dedicated to improving the lives of the people he works with and helping them reach their full potential.

Dairy Conference Day: Friday, January 19 at 8:00 a.m.

Ketosis, What’s Up with the Guts?
Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

All transition cows experience increased incidence of inflammation during the transition period, but cows that get treated for ketosis appear to be more prone to excessive immune stimulation. We have demonstrated that leaky gut (likely occurring in the large intestine) is responsible for the excessive immune response and this prevents cows from reaching their genetic potential for maximum milk yield.

Megan Weigel Dairy Conference10 Key Indicators for Evaluating Reproductive Performance in Dairy Cattle
Megan Weigel, Form-A-Feed

Monitoring performance is critical for reproductive success. Form-A-Feed’s Megan Weigel’s presentation will help dairy herd owners and managers focus on what to look for to help successfully monitor and manage their reproductive performance.

Jeremy Schefers Dairy ConferenceDairy Cows and Their Gut Problems
Dr. Jeremy Schefers, University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Dry matter intake drives health, milk production and successful reproduction on all dairy farms. We celebrate high dry matter intakes, but need to recognize all the potential bottlenecks that could slow, or stop, the flow of feed through a cow. Dr. Jeremy Schefers will review the digestive track of dairy cows and re-examine the often bemoaned Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome (HBS). There does not appear to be any one reason why cows develop HBS. This presentation tries to cover as many drivers of the problem as possible.

Positioning Your Farm for the Future
Dr. Robert Milligan, Dairy Strategies, LLC

Think about your farm 100 years from now. Will it no longer be a farm? Will it be owned by someone else? OR will it be owned by your heirs? A lot of factors will determine this outcome. The most important is how effectively you plan for the future. Planning for the future requires strategic leadership by your leadership team and owners. Because strategic leadership is important but rarely urgent, you need processes and structures to succeed. You need meetings, and more importantly, excellent meetings. Strategic leadership includes vision, strategy, and farm culture.

Thank you to our dairy conference sponsors!

Milk Specialities
Dairyland Laboratories
Dosto Farm
Amino Plus
Arm & Hammer
Central Life Sciences
Dairyland Supply
Easy Fix
Midwest Ag
Canadian Bio-Systems

Register below by December 22nd for Early Bird Rates!

Registration includes one room at Treasure Island Resort & Casino for up to two people for the full conference.  The cost is $90 if you register by December 22nd, 2017 and $120 after that date. If you would like to register additional people for one room, please contact Sarah Kuechle at sarahkuechle@formafeed.com or call 800-422-3649.



January 18, 2018
January 19, 2018




Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd.
Welch, MN 55089 United States
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