Thursday, February 2

9:00 a.m. Prudent antibiotic use in Michigan: How and what are we doing?

MSU Extension
What do dairy producers, managers, AND employees tell us about antimicrobial drug use in Michigan? This session will discuss progress and pitfalls of antimicrobial drug use in Michigan herds, gained from a USDA-funded study. What do we learn about herd treatment protocols and training from monitoring actual antimicrobial drug use?  What tools can we use to change how we use drugs on a dairy farm?  Does your treatment plan have a training plan?  

11:00 a.m. Global Dairy Outlook from Thomas Bailey, Rabobank

Thomas Bailey, Executive Director Senior Analyst 
He will share his insights into where the dairy industry is headed globally Bailey and his team are charged with analyzing developments in food and agricultural markets and industries, and advising the bank and its clients on strategic implications for their businesses. Discuss what these changes in the mean to your bottom line. 

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Understanding Consumers and Building Trust and Today’s Food Supply Through Transparency

Charlie, Arnot, The Center for Food Integrity
Producers need to better understand the expectations of consumers across a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. It is important to identify the real and perceived barriers to transparency that exist within the food system itself. Arnot will discuss transparency across the food system, one that satisfies the information needs of consumers, supports their access to and selection of safe and healthy food, and builds their trust in today’s food supply. He will also look at approaches to transparency that work for both consumers and the food system. 

2:15 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Proactively working across the supply chain to build trust in dairy 

Chad Frahm, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will discuss how it works across the dairy supply chain to proactively address changing consumer and customer demands, such as working together with processors and dairy cooperatives to better understand today’s dairy farm practices.  Producers will have the opportunity to ask questions about processor requirements, share their concerns and discuss how a middle ground between processors and producers may be found. 

4:00 p.m. A Look Inside Australian Dairying and His Outlook of Global Dairy

James Mann, Owner and Manager of Donovan’s Dairy
Mann will showcase Donovan’s Dairy, a 2,000 cow dairy that is on a partial mixed ration and pasture system. He will also discuss how they use the latest technology including genomic testing to manage their herd and the showcase the opportunities and challenges of dairying in Australia. He will discuss Australia’s perspective on the global dairy and share his experiences in promoting dairy through the Dairy Australia Board.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Reception, Exhibitor Showcase and Great Lakes Commercial Heifer Extravaganza XII Sale Dinner with Comedian Trent Loos and his Passion for the Purpose

We’ve all heard the phrase “a crime of passion” but how far would you go to protect or promote what you are passionate about? Trent’s passion for promoting agriculture was born out of the reality that people were spreading vicious untruths about the industry he grew up in and dearly loved and nobody was setting them straight. What will it take to motivate you to share your story and fight for the things that you think are worthwhile? Listen as Trent shares stories from his worldly travels about the amazing people that are making a difference in so many fields in countless different ways.  Whether you prefer a pen and paper or a podcast, your story can change a life and Trent will show you how. Let your heartfelt passion help you define a meaningful purpose in your life beginning today. This reception will be sponsored in part by GreenStone Credit Services. There will also be a special presentation in the Altmuehl room during the reception.