2022 CPDE Expo – March 29-31

Click here for the schedule details:  CPDE 2022 Session Schedule

Flexible Margin Management in Uncertain Times
Jeff Toll, CIH
Sponsored by CIH – Commodity & Ingredient Hedging

Given the uncertainty in the dairy and feed market outlook, understand how to leverage different contracting tools to optimize flexibility and maximize profitability.

Launching Bilingual Training Program to Improve Practices that Affect Milk Quality
Jorge Delgado, Alltech
Sponsored by Alltech

In collaboration with the University of Nebraska and University of Iowa Extension, Jorge will be explaining this bilingual training program with tools for dairy workers to improve practices on the dairy.

Bubble or Bonanza?
Sarina Sharp
Sponsored by Farm Credit

Inflation is heating up and the commodity markets are at historic highs. It’s an exciting and volatile time for agriculture. Sarina Sharp will explore the fundamentals of the feed, beef, and dairy markets, and explain what dairy producers might expect in the year to come.

Recruiting and Retention:  Cash, Culture or Community?
Panel Speakers: Allen Schlenker, Kira Kimball, Tom Walsh, Christina Zuiderveen, David Elliott, Maristella Rovai, Christy Westerman
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency

Finding and keeping quality employees is a challenge for every dairy operator regardless of size.  What’s the key to finding good quality, long lasting employees?  This panel of dairy industry leaders will discuss the challenges, best practices and pitfalls related to cash offerings, on-dairy culture and local community engagement.

Improving Alfalfa Seedling Establishment and Root Health
Leta Larsen
Sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc.

This seminar will highlight the importance of alfalfa root health and uncover many common alfalfa seedling diseases including seed rot, damping-off, and root rots. Recent research trial results will be shared comparing the value in planting alfalfa varieties with improved disease resistance and how seed treatments can aid in overall stand persistence and return on investment.

Tips for Building a High Functioning Dairy Team 
Dr. Luke Miller
Sponsored by Alltech

Dr. Miller will provide tips on employee management and give ideas of how you can engage, motivate and provide structure for your team to allow for growth and success on your dairy.

Why exports are key growth opportunity for dairy and strategic efforts to capture this market
William Loux
Sponsored by Midwest Dairy

Dairy checkoff is focused on increasing demand for dairy through multiple channels, including exports. In this session participants will hear from William Loux, Director of Global Trade Analysis, to learn about:

  1. The reasons why we need to export today and why it’s our key growth opportunity in the future.
  2. Major developments in the international dairy market and why it matters to that audience.
  3. What USDEC does and how it supports US dairy farmers, members, and exporters.

What’s New in Transition Cow Nutrition
Corwin Nelson, PH.D.
Sponsored by Phibro Animal Health

Milk quality and Mastitis, am I responsible? Calidad de leche y Mastitis, soy yo responsable?
Jorge Luna
Sponsored by Zoetis, Presented in Spanish

Beyond Heat Detection – How Monitoring Technology Helps Maximize Labor Efficiency, Automation, and ROI.
Sarah Anderson
Sponsored by Merck/Allflex

In this presentation, Sarah Anderson from Allflex Livestock Intelligence will deep dive into how monitoring technology can be integrated with multiple dairy operating systems to increase daily farm efficiencies. She will explain how dairies can use this technology to focus their attention on animals in need, allowing healthy cows to go about their day uninterrupted and reducing labor needs.

Feeding rumen protected glucose to transition and stressed dairy cows.
Juan Pablo Russi
Sponsored by SoyBest

Glucose is a key nutrient requirement for stressed transition and lactating dairy cows. Gluco Best is a new product based on a proprietary manufacturing process that uses heat processed soybean meal and glucose. The Gluco Best research presentation will highlight the ruminal glucose bypass for reducing clinical and subclinical ketosis. Greater glucose supply improves insulin balance to reduce body weight loss leading to improved lactational performance, which may include milk production, milk components, or reproductive efficiency.

Stress and its impact on disease in dairy calves
Dr Geof Smith
Sponsored by Zoetis

This presentation will review current research on various types of stress and how they impact disease levels in dairy calves including diarrhea, bloat, stomach ulcers and pneumonia.  Strategies for working to minimize the impact of stress will also be discussed.

Go farther with your forage production, by working more with your soil biology
Tim Chitwood
Sponsored by Quality Liquid Feeds

How soil biology can help obtain more nutrient efficiency and achieve higher yields.

Helpful tips for managing high stocking density in dairy cows
Tim Doherty
Sponsored by Form-A-Feed

Industry standard recommendations are to avoid high stocking densities in milking and transition cows. Yet, there are reasons why a high percentage of dairy farms have had to choose to over-crowd their facilities, for varying lengths of time, over the history of a farm. Some farms had very poor results while others seemed to thrive and never skip a beat. Over the last several years of walking through these decisions and experiences with our clients, we have learned some helpful practices to implement and what to avoid. If you are currently working through high stocking densities or anticipating having to do so in the near future, please join us for a discussion on managing this critical phase of life in your operation. Why stub your toe on the same rock someone else already did?

The Future of FMMOs – March 30
Dr. Marin Bozic
Sponsored by Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Learn about the latest in milk pricing from nationally recognized dairy economist Marin Bozic. Dr. Bozic will discuss recent trends as well as ideas about potential reforms to the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. He will also discuss the Class III Plus proposal and broader reform ideas as well as how those proposals might best be put forward.

Federal Policy Update – March 31
John Holevoet & Mykel Wedig
Sponsored by Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

What happens in D.C. can often affect your operation. Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative advocates on behalf of its dairy farmer members in Washington to ensure that lawmakers and government agencies understand the impact of their policies on the nation’s producers. Join this session to hear the latest in federal agriculture policy and let Edge know what policy priorities are most important to you.

Sustainability – ‘What is Needed, Why and What is in it for the Dairy Farmer’
Kevin Ogorzalek
Sponsored by Feedworks

Barry Callebaut is the largest chocolate manufacturer in the world.  Sustainable chocolate has to become the norm for our consumers. By 2025 we plan to have 100% sustainable ingredients.  Dairy is key and contributes significantly to our greenhouse gas footprint. This talk will discuss what this means for dairy farmers.

Behind a successful lactation is a proper dry-off
Luciano Caizeta
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

This presentation will describe the challenges of drying-off high producing dairy cows and how these challenges can affect animal health and well-being. In addition, we will discuss management strategies to achieve dry-off goals without affecting health and performance of dairy cows. Lastly, we will present results from a recent randomized clinical trial developed by our research group investigating the effect of the administration of an acidogenic bolus – a strategy to decrease milk production and facilitate dry-off – on udder health and performance of dairy cows.

How to fit 26 hours of calf chores in a 24-hour day
Dr. Corale Dorn
Sponsored by TechMix, LLC

Increasingly, dairy cow and calf welfare is a topic of conversation among consumers. What many consumers don’t recognize is a dairy producer’s unwavering dedication to their calves. No matter how harsh the elements, how many sleepless nights lost, or number of meals missed; dairy producers are committed to the success of every calf—every day of the year. Calves are the future of the dairy and despite sharing the same goals as consumers of a healthy, well-cared-for calf, some days the ideologies seem worlds apart. In this session, we are going to discuss current and trending concerns consumers have, and how we can shine every day, even when we can’t make a 26-hour day.

One step closer to their genetic potential…
Dr. Ricardo Arias
Sponsored by United Animal Health

Are your cows truly reaching their genetic potential? We’re learning that seemingly top performing herds can be doing better.  High-producing dairy cows face extraordinary energetic demands and are susceptible to subclinical health challenges, particularly in the transition and early lactation periods. These challenges negatively impact performance and thus your bottom line. Our ongoing US dairy survey continues to reveal that multiple opportunistic microorganisms and virulence genes can be elevated in the lower GI tract of cows. This can lead to an imbalance that impacts health, reproduction, and ultimately performance.

Increasingly, direct-fed microbial technologies, and specifically strains of Bacillus spp. with the potential to impact rumen and/or gastrointestinal health are being studied for their effect on dairy cow health and performance. Learn how feeding Strateris ECL to dairy cattle improved cow health, energy corrected milk (ECM), and enhanced reproductive performance. Also learn what United Animal Health is doing to advance the science in this challenging yet intriguing space.

Lean Maternity (Producer Panel Discussing Efficient Maternity Operations)
Dairy Producer Panel, moderated by Andy Beckel
Sponsored by Golden Calf

Want to improve the efficiency of your maternity area? Get inspired by dairy farmers from across the US. Find out how dairy farms from 850 to 10,000 cows continuously improve their maternity operation. How do you optimize daily workload of employees to improve calf health, reduce cost and become more energy efficient.

Starch Digestibility: How Can We Increase it in Silages and the Rumen
Dr. Keith A. Bryan
Sponsored by Chr. Hansen

Various growing conditions yield differences in quality and quantity of nutrients in feeds to be ensiled. During the 2021 harvest, the vast majority of corn silages were yielding ‘hard starch’ that provided sub-optimal starch digestibility when fed. This presentation will feature microbial strategies to improve starch digestibility of silages as well as enhance starch digestibility in the rumen.

IN SPANISH: Effects of Mastitis on the Reproductive Performance of Dairy Cows
Patricia Villamediana, D.V.M, Ph.D.   & Maristela Rovai, D.V.M, Ph.D.

Mastitis is a common and important disease, which has caused huge economic losses to the dairy industries worldwide. The negative effects of mastitis are not only limited to milk production, but it indirectly influences the reproductive performance of dairy cows.

Epidemiological studies have shown that mastitis decreases the reproductive capacity of lactating cows and affects the net profitability of a dairy farm. Cows diagnosed with clinical mastitis have shown longer intervals between calving and first AI, greater pregnancy losses, more days open, decreased milk production, and decreased milk fat percentage compared with healthy cows. Subclinical mastitis after AI has been associated with a decreased conception rate, delayed oestrus, hormonal imbalances and increased risk of abortion.

Mastitis also may affect the reproduction of cows by destroying follicles, affecting oocyte growth or function, and reducing ovulation ability and other related problems, resulting in the decrease of fertility.

In this session, participants will receive an update on evidence that pathogens causing clinical mastitis could lead to deleterious effects in reproductive performance of dairy cows, reinforcing the relevance of mastitis control program in dairy herds. This session will be offered in Spanish.

IN SPANISH:  Feeding management strategies for improving income over feed cost
Fernando Diaz, DVM, PhD

One of the primary goals of a successful feeding program is to deliver a TMR that matches the formulated one by the nutritionist, and is consistent, in both physical and chemical composition, throughout the day.

This workshop, directed towards dairy Feeding Managers and Feeding Technicians, will explain physiology and eating behaviors of dairy cows, feeding strategies focused on supplying a consistent diet over a 24-hour period to avoid feed sorting and maximize milk component production, and income over feed cost, and business profitability.

The power of sugar in dairy rations
Gabriella Varga
Sponsored by Westway Feed Products

This presentation will cover why cows need sugar in their diets. Key points that will be covered:

  • The importance of sugar in the dairy cow’s diet
  • How sugars are utilized by the ruminal microorganisms
  • The type of response to expect from feeding sugars
  • How much sugar and when to include sugars in the dairy cow ration.

Sorting through Garbage: Observations & Considerations of the Current Beef on Dairy
Casey Anderson
Sponsored by STgenetics

With beef on dairy being the norm on many dairy operations, we now have real-world data to utilize in our decision-making. Dairymen and the beef supply chain both are realizing not only the opportunities but also the threats of the beef on dairy market. In this talk, you will hear of opportunities the dairy industry can capitalize on, but also what will threaten the beef on dairy market and how to avoid these drawbacks.

Robotics Panel Session
Sponsored by Farm Credit, GEA, Lely, Prairie Land Ag Supply Inc.

More sessions to come soon!