BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The upcoming Pa. Dairy Summit, Feb. 12-13, at the Penn Stater in State College, Pa., will feature dairy industry leaders and educators. Following is a list of speakers and presentations.
Katy Proudfoot, Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will look at the relationship among behavior, management and disease. “Transition Cow Management” will be held during the two breakout sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12.
Ron Hoover, Penn State on-farm research coordinator, and Eric Risser, Meadow Vista Farms, will share cropping strategies to maximize quality and quantity of forages harvested in double and triple cropping scenarios across the Commonwealth. “Making Double and Triple Crops Work” will be held during the two breakout sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12.
Dr. Michael Van Amburgh, Cornell University, will share a new approach from cutting edge research on the nutrient requirements of dairy calves and heifers. He will discuss the factors in neonatal life and early calf-hood that establish lifetime productivity functions. “Calf Care and Immunity” will take place during the two breakout sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12.
Ray Prock, founder of the AgChat Foundation and California dairy producer, will demonstrate how innovative technology tools such as the smartphone dairy apps have helped him to more effectively manage his family’s 500-cow dairy in Deniar, Calif. and a hay ranch in Klamath, Ore. “Dairy Apps and Technology” will take place during the two breakout sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12.
Rick Herring, president of Giant Foods, will speak during the Customer Showcase at 9:15 a.m., Feb 12. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Giant/Martins business is headquartered in Carlisle, Pa., and operates nearly 200 grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2013, Giant Foods Carlisle became the first retail chain to announce its commitment to the dairy industry by becoming “Pennsylvania Preferred” in dairy.
Mary Kay Williams will discuss “Getting to Yes: Negotiating for a Win-Win,” at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 12. With more than 23 years of experience in training and development coupled in human resource management, Williams has a unique ability to help others “shift” their perspective to grow both personally and professionally. She will share insight on how to better navigate the negotiation process to create a win-win approach that will ultimately benefit your dairy farm business.
Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan of Sciopio Springs Dairy and Cayuga Marketing Group will lead a discussion during the Producer Showcase, 9:15 a.m., Feb. 12. Sciopio Springs Dairy began in 2002 as a green field dairy and a purchase feed operation. In 2010, a year after starting a land holding joint venture with their crop grower, they started a satellite dairy 100 miles from the home farm and now have 1,400 cows. Sciopio Springs is one of the 29 farms that comprise the Cayuga Marketing Group. Cayuga Marketing began 20 years ago when farms wanted to work together to better purchase inputs and market milk. The groups’ 33,000 cows produce 900 million pounds of milk a year. It is currently building a $100 million milk ingredients plant, which will take in 2 million pounds of milk a day when it is operational in August.
Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State football player, broke his neck during a routine tackle and was given a 3 percent chance of ever walking again. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 12, Taliaferro will present “Achieving the Unthinkable,” which details his story of recovery.
Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at the Pennsylvania State University, has worked on several population studies of dairy heifer growth rates and will share his insight on effective strategies to minimize age at first calving and maximize lifetime milk production in dairy heifers. “Heifer Management Strategies for Success” will be discussed during the 8:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. breakout sessions, Feb. 13.
Dr. Randy Shaver, a professor in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is well-known as an expert in the emerging technology of shredlage and will share strategies for harvest, storage and feeding application of the new style of forage. “Shredlage: New Wave of the Future?” will be presented during the 8:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. breakout sessions, Feb. 13.
Dr. Michael Van Amburgh, professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University, will focus on the interaction among forage and feed chemistry, rumen function, and nutrient supply to compliment the model. “Changing the Nutrition Model” will take place during the 8:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. breakout sessions, Feb. 13.
Dr. David Kammel, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will identify strategies to move forward in outdated dairy systems to adopt new technology such as freestalls and milking parlor systems and will evaluate a case study of a Pennsylvania dairy farm. “Modernizing What You’ve Got” will be presented during the 8:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. breakout sessions, Feb. 13.
Tom, Rob and Abe Barley will talk about their business, Star Rock Farms and Star Rock Dairy during the Producer Showcase at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 13. The Barleys will discuss how their operation has grown and evolved over the years, what their key management principles are, and how they have managed each of their enterprises, specifically the dairy, for growth and profitability.
Jennifer Yuengling, D.G. Yuengling and Son, will speak during the Business Showcase, 7 a.m., Feb. 13. Jennifer Yuengling represents the sixth generation of the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, and will share how this family-owned business has successfully transitioned ownership to the next generations while growing a regional Pennsylvania business to the largest seller in the industry.
For more information, visit www.padairysummit.org.