Seminars

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be filled with fun, educational hands-on, interactive seminars taught by dairy or biotechnology leaders, specialists and professors. All delegates and Adult Advisors must participate and attendance will be taken.

Several seminars will be held concurrently Wednesday morning and will be offered three times (8:30-9:20, 9:30-10:20 and 10:30-11:20) so participants will attend three different seminars. Seminar titles and descriptions follow. Rank these ten seminars in the order of interest on your registration form, with the most preferred seminar being #1 and the least preferred seminar being #10. Every effort will be made to accommodate preferences to the best of our ability considering space allotments.

A. “How to Artificially Inseminate Dairy Cattle” Basics of cattle reproduction and artificial insemination (AI) will be introduced. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to practice AI techniques. Participants will learn to perform AI using bovine reproductive systems from a local slaughterhouse. If you object strongly to participating in this seminar, it should be noted as your last preference on your registration form.

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B. “Dairy Foods Evaluation” Participants will experience a hands-on style workshop by tasting dairy products to study quality. They will compare the relationship of the quality of what they produce on the farm and the final consumer product’s quality.

C. “Marketing Dairy Products” What happened to the clever “Got Milk?” ads on TV? Why spend advertising money on research? innovation? analysis of market trends? You’ll find the answers to these and other marketing questions you may have in this seminar. Then you’ll be given a marketing challenge and time to develop and present a creative solution to it. Tasting new products is a MUST in solving your challenge!

D. “Trek into Ag Biotech” Explore how DNA works to encode the genetic information of life. You’ll get to extract DNA from wheat germ and use the tools of biotechnology, micropipettes, to conduct an experiment involving the first food product of biotechnology, chymosin. You will then tour labs where DNA is synthesized and sequenced, and get a preview of genomics, the science of sequencing and mapping all the genes of an organism.

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E. “Roaming through the Rumen” Get hands-on experience in understanding the dairy cow as a ruminant. A fistulated cow will provide you with an opportunity to examine a rumen through a viewing window. This is your chance to actually reach inside the rumen of a dairy cow to explore how it works.

F. “Farm Finance” This seminar gives practical examples to teach the importance and understanding of the following: 1. Balance sheet (debt and asset evaluation). 2. Profit and Loss statement (and cash flow statement). 3. Partial budget building to help with farm business decision making.

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G. “Developing a Comprehensive Dairy Herd Mating Strategy” Presentation of the basic concepts and elements needed to devise a successful dairy herd mating program. This seminar will include interactive discussion using the Holstein Association USA Red Book Plus and hands-on computer experience with Multi-Mate software programs.

H. “Feeding Calves to Meet Their Full Potential” Calves are the future of every dairy farm, and it’s important to get them off to the right start for lifelong success. This workshop will focus on do’s and don’ts of raising healthy calves and heifers and why many of the traditional ways calves are raised may have become outdated. Remember, there aren’t any second chances to raise your calves right!

I. “Goat and Sheep Milk Production” This seminar will focus on the differences between goat, sheep, and cow milk, goat and sheep dairy practices from farm to consumer, and niche marketing of goat and sheep dairy products.