If you haven't already registered for the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit set for Wednesday and Thursday in Lancaster, Pa., it's not too late. The program and trade show promises a huge pay-back for producers intent on boosting profit margins.
The program, hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, will be held at the Lancaster Host Resort. You can opt for Wednesday's one-day core track management-focused program or the full two-day program that showcases New York's Hanehan Dairy Farms, Cargill Meat Solutions and a producer panel on adding revenue streams.
Leading off the program will be University of Wisconsin ag finance expert, Dr. Bruce Jones, talking about key dairy success principles for today and the future. He'll be followed by John Niezen, who runs the 700-cow management-intensive Greenstone Grazing dairy in Georgia using New Zealand-style grazing system. Later in the day, Gigi Vita from Fonterra, the world's leading dairy exporter, will share her perspective on what global marketing and dairy policy have to do with your mailbox price."
Breakout sessions and producer panel discussions scheduled both days offer a full load of "take-home" ideas. They include:
A guide to welfare friendly dairy housing, with University of Wisconsin's Nigel Cook
Alternative feed potentials for improving income over feed costs, Ohio Ag Center's Bill Weiss
Using genomics to strengthen herd potential, with Mike Ammon, Ammon Farms,
Lewistown, and Brian Smyser, Smyser's Richland Farms of York
Practical ways to improve herd reproduction, with Eric High, Ric-Rey Holsteins, Jonestown; Ethan Kunkle, Kempton; and Justin Risser, Meadow Vista Farms, Bainbridge
Roadmap to robotic milking, with Josiah Garber, Spring Lawn Farms, Lancaster, and John Wolf, Maple Lawn Farms of New York
Ins and outs of succession planning, with Vicky Trimer, of Persun and Heim Law Firm; Tim Sutherland, AgChoice Farm Credit financial planner; and a dairy
producer working through a succession plan.Registration for the one-day core track is $125 per person, discounted to $68 per person for dairy producers and students. Multiple person discounts are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Registration information can be found at www.padairysummit.org . Or call 814-355-2467.