Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference

This event will help participants take a realistic look at their business, consider alternatives, and develop their own formula for success.
Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference - Conferences
Language: English
$249.00

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Description

When: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 (9:00 AM - 8:15 PM)
Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)

Where: Holiday Inn
604 Station Rd.
Grantville, Pennsylvania 17028

registration deadline: October 24, 2018
11:59 p.m.

The Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to better understand the current state of the industry from industry experts, take a glimpse into the future, and learn how other producers found success by developing their own plan and taking action.

Sound business and management plans are essential elements of any successful dairy enterprise, especially one that intends to remain viable, profitable, and competitive well into the future.

Growth of a dairy business typically involves a significant investment. Is it feasible now or can the business be positioned to make it achievable in the future? Lower cost alternatives might include improving cow health and performance, adopting new technologies, better use of labor, or diversification.

This event will provide the opportunity, information, and tools for participants to take a realistic look at their business, consider alternatives, and take steps to develop their own unique formula for success.

Agenda

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018

* General Agenda *

09:00 am Welcome & Introduction

09:15 am What Can You Learn from Your Competitors

  • What are your farms doing to become/remain completive in this market place?
  • Wisconsin has changed course, how did it happen, and what did the producers do?

10:15 am Planning to Compete: One Producer’s Experience

  • Strategies for preserving worth
  • Long-term look
  • Challenges they have hurdled
  • What went into making your decisions for your farm

11:00 am Dissecting the Dairy Dozen

  • Getting the 12 key financial indicators right on you farm

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

01:00 pm Including Cows as Planning Partners

  • Three circles of a cow; day, year, 2 years of a cows life
  • Optimizing labor and resources
  • “There are three things a cow should be doing: She should stand to be milked, stand to eat and drink, and lay down. If she is doing one of these she’s making you money.”

02:00 pm Alternative Facility Options

  • Myers Farm in Franklin Co has satellite dairy now, but they plan to combine herds in the future
  • Mercer View Dairy; have a satellite dairy 60 miles away and plan to operate both dairies long term
  • Evergreen Dairy; built new heifer barn 10 miles from dairy to move manure out
  • Topics to cover:
    • Is it better to enlarge current facilities are get a second set
    • How to handle heifers
    • How do neighbor facilities fit into your operation?
    • What was the problem at hand and what steps did you take to the solution?
      • Farm’s issue and options they looked at
      • What would you change?

03:10 pm Break

05:30 pm Free Time

06:30 pm Dinner (provided)

07:30 pm Consumer Demands & Market Expectations

  • How consumer preference has changed the market
  • Animal care issues
  • Transparency of the production system

Breakout Session 1

03:30 pm Milk Harvesting Investment Decisions

  • Parlor vs robotics
  • How do you know which one fits you dairy?

03:30 pm Putting Together the Dairy System Puzzle

  • What makes up a dairy system? (animals, milk, feed, manure)
  • Determining herd “make-up”
  • Putting a system together with ‘circles’
  • Site selection

03:30 pm Managing Manure

  • Manure system considerations
  • Cutting cost or possible revenue
  • Solids separation
  • Integrated Manure Treatment Systems: digesters, treatment, nutrient removal

03:30 pm Incremental Growth

  • Planning, Improving, and Growing your dairy a step at a time
  • Is your farm a candidate for incremental growth?
  • Systematically planning a dairy that can improve and grow in steps
  • Identify what pieces of the system must come first
  • Developing a master plan

Breakout Session 2

04:30 pm Incremental Growth

  • Planning, Improving, and Growing your dairy a step at a time
  • Is your farm a candidate for incremental growth?
  • Systematically planning a dairy that can improve and grow in steps
  • Identify what pieces of the system must come first
  • Developing a master plan

04:30 pm Milk Harvesting Investment Decisions

  • Parlor vs robotics
  • How do you know which one fits you dairy?

04:30 pm Managing Manure

  • Manure system considerations
  • Cutting cost or possible revenue
  • Solids separation
  • Integrated Manure Treatment Systems: digesters, treatment, nutrient removal

04:30 pm Putting Together the Dairy System Puzzle

  • What makes up a dairy system? (animals, milk, feed, manure)
  • Determining herd “make-up”
  • Putting a system together with ‘circles’
  • Site selection

* General Agenda *

08:00 am Regional Milkshed Overview

  • Is the spigot slowing down or opening up
  • Where is milk moving
  • Plant location
  • How this effect your dairy
  • Utilization/products being made

09:00 am Lender’s Perspective

  • Bank expectations in current economy
  • How are the dynamic changed
  • What are banks looking for from a client
  • Observation from/of currently successful dairy clients

10:15 am Break

10:45 am Diversification Panel

  • Three producers will share their strategies for diversify their revenue beyond the milk check
  • Topics:
    • Farm tourism and entertainment
    • Energy
    • Food waste
    • Vertical integration with milk marketing processing and marketing
    • Other animal/livestock species

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

03:00 pm Wrap up & Adjourn

Breakout Session 3

01:00 pm Hedging & Risk Management

  • One farm’s example of how to manage risk
  • Strategies to manage risk
  • Manages the revenue side of the business
  • Crop management as risk management
    • Double crop/ triple crop
    • Other corps for diversity
  • Environmental risk management
    • Pros and cons

01:00 pm Getting Your Business Planning Toolbox in Order

  • Tools for year-end business planning and improvement
  • Developing your farms plan/timeline for improvement

01:00 pm Tweaking Potential with Precision Technology

  • Animal management tech: heat detection, rumination, activity, health
  • Reproduction in the face of losing the sync programs
  • Animal health uses
  • How to use/ interpret the data given

Breakout Session 4

02:00 pm Tweaking Potential with Precision Technology

  • Animal management tech: heat detection, rumination, activity, health
  • Reproduction in the face of losing the sync programs
  • Animal health uses
  • How to use/ interpret the data given

02:00 pm Hedging & Risk Management

  • One farm’s example of how to manage risk
  • Strategies to manage risk
  • Manages the revenue side of the business
  • Crop management as risk management
    • Double crop/ triple crop
    • Other corps for diversity
  • Environmental risk management
    • Pros and cons

02:00 pm Getting Your Business Planning Toolbox in Order

  • Tools for year-end business planning and improvement
  • Developing your farms plan/timeline for improvement

Instructors

Dairy Business Management Dairy Nutrition

More by Timothy Beck 

Farmstead Layout Animal Shelter Design Improving Existing Animal Facilities Animal Comfort and Well Being Animal Environment

More by Dan McFarland 

Agricultural Engineering Dairy Systems Design and Layout Farm Animal Welfare

More by John Tyson 

Jeff Bewley

Dean Ellinwood

David Fisher

Curt Gooch

Gordie Jones

Sean Jones

Jason Karszes

Roberta Osborne

Gary Sipiorski

Jeff Sluzeski

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