Producers will also pick up practical tips for improving milk quality from Michigan producer panelists Dave Schroeder, Cary Dairy, Battle Creek; Steven Vander Hoff, Bebow Dairy, St. Louis; and Tom Oesch, Swisslane Dairy, Alto. Gary Sipiorski, development manager of Vita Plus Corporation, will present Friday's final morning session, "Dairying in the 2013 Economy." This interactive session will offer advice and tips on how to survive – and thrive – in the new global dairy industry.
Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, attendees will have the choice of attending two of five in-depth workshops:
•"Business Planning for Your Dairy Succession" with Dennis Stine, MSU Extension farm business management educator.
•"Connect With Consumers From Your Couch: Social Media 101" with Jane Hillstrom and Samantha Baudhuin, Hillstrom PR.
•"Dairying in 2013: Question and Answer Follow-up" with Gary Sipiorski.
•"A Robotic Comparison" with Michigan panelists Amy Martin, Gingrich Meadows, LeRoy; Tom Oesch; Margie Weiss, Weiss Farms, Frankenmuth; and Ben Schaendorf, Schaendorf Dairy, Hopkins. The session will be moderated by Phil Durst, senior MSU Extension educator.
•"Shooting On-farm Videos: Telling Dairy's Story From Your Cows' Best Side" with Jane Hillstrom and Samantha Baudhuin, Hillstrom PR.
The Michigan Brown Swiss and Holstein associations will conduct annual meetings on Saturday, the third and final day of the conference, starting at 10 a.m. A group lunch and statewide Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA) update occurs at noon. The Michigan Jersey Cattle Club will conduct its annual meeting starting at 1 p.m.
Other conference activities include the eighth annual Great Lakes Commercial Heifer Extravaganza Sale, an industry trade show, the seventh annual dairy industry recognition night banquet and the announcement of the 2013 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program recipients.
Individual (adult), student and farm registration options are available. For a $50 discount, register before Jan. 18. Online registration closes Jan. 25 at midnight. On-site registrations are subject to availability.
to see the complete conference schedule or to register online. Participants may also register by phone. Call the MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Events staff at 517-353-3175.