January 2020 vol. 1
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Opportunities to learn
January 28 & 29, 2020
SPANISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP WILL FOCUS ON CONFLICT MANAGEMENT and effectively working with different personalities on today’s dairy farms. The PDPW Hispanic Conflict Workshop is a one-day workshop that will be held on Jan. 28 in Oshkosh, Wis., and Jan. 29 in Eau Claire, Wis. The training will be taught exclusively in Spanish by Lisa Anderson and Natalia Hincapié. Click here for details and registration information.  
February 5, 2020
WHAT ARE THE TOP 20 PERCENT DOING?  Learn from Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Association with the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell University, the management and financial strategies that the top 20 percent of dairy farms from 2013-18 used to set themselves apart. Karszes will lead this second webinar in his PDPW World Class Webinar series on Feb. 5 at 1 2:00 pm central time. Watch the session live or view a recorded version at your leisure. Click here to learn more and to register. 
Applications due January 31, 2020
DON’T WAIT – APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON JAN. 31!   Apply today for the 2020 PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy to be held March 17 and 18, 2020, in conjunction with the PDPW Business Conference. Dairy producers, students and other dairy-industry professionals are invited to apply for this leadership program featuring three pillars and led by world-class trainers. Learn more and complete applications here .  
February 12, 13, 2020
HANDLING, HABITS AND HOUSING are all critical factors in working with our dairy herds. Dr. Don Hoglund will share insights on how animals learn and how we can better train animals and interact with them to improve health, wellbeing and productivity. Dr. Kurt Vogel will explore the relationships between cull-cow quality, animal welfare, and carcass value, then participants will tour American Foods Group at the 2020 PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop. Two separate one-day workshops will be held on Feb. 12 and 13 at the Tundra Lodge Resort in Green Bay, Wis. Learn more and register here .
March 18-19, 2020
AGENDA AND SPEAKER SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the lineup of world-class speakers, hands-on sessions and networking opportunities at the 2020 PDPW Business Conference. If you are committed to starting the new decade with a laser focus on your business, there is no better place to receive the quality and quantity of education, passion and solution-oriented ideas in just two days. Make plans to attend March 18-19 in Madison, Wis. The conference website is now live with the conference brochure and more details. 
PDPW Prime
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT PDPW PRIME?  You’ll find a one-stop-shop of digital storefronts for hundreds of dairy’s premier suppliers, including contact information, product highlights and farmer specials.  Click here and search for industry sectors, products or companies.  
CHECK OUT DAIRY ADVAN CE – Continuing education season is upon us! Be sure to give yourself credit for the continuing education you complete at DairyAdvance.org . The site is easy to navigate from desktop or mobile phone and subscriptions are free for active farmers. Get tracking today!
For your dairy
SUPPLEMENTING PREPARTUM COWS WITH NICOTINIC ACID was shown to increase colostral components and boost feed efficiency in calves, according to research published in the Journal of Dairy Science.  The study included 36 cows fed incremental levels of unprotected nicotinic acid starting four weeks prepartum. Blood and urine samples were taken from cows before calving and colostrum samples were taken at calving. Calves received maternal colostrum at birth, then the same package of milk replacer, starter and water until weaning. Click here to learn more. 
EMERGENCY CALF CARE FOLLOWING DYSTOCIA is critical, as a calf born in a difficult birth is 6 times more likely to get sick than a calf born normally, with most deaths occurring within 96 hours of birth. A University of Kentucky extension article notes that the first breath is the hardest for a newborn calf to make, similar to the first push of air it takes to blow up a balloon. Calves should make active respiratory movements within 30 seconds of being delivered. To help breathing after a difficult delivery, a calf should be immediately placed upright on its sternum to maximize ventilation, then ensure that its nose and mouth is cleared of any fluid or physical obstruction.  Click here to learn more, including recommendations on what to do if spontaneous breathing does not begin, regulating temperature and ensuring proper colostrum intake. 
ARE SUBOPTIMAL PROGESTERONE LEVELS IMPACTING REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE on your dairy? There has been growing concern about the impact of increasing milk production on dairy cows’ progesterone levels as increased metabolism from high feed intakes and high production causes a decrease in circulating progesterone at key reproductive periods. These key periods are during follicular development, just before AI and following AI. Low progesterone levels can result in low fertility, increased incidence of twinning and pregnancy loss. Milk sampling and record keeping of estrous activity can help measure and monitor progesterone status and several changes in AI protocol can result in improvements.  Read this article from Penn State Extension for more details. 
For your business mind
RESPONSIBILITY CREEP” CAN PREVENT EMPLOYEES FROM FOCUSING on the tasks they enjoy and are best at. It is tempting to add more tasks and responsibilities to the workload of high performing employees, but that can reduce morale and productivity of your most valuable team members. Studies have shown that only 4 in 10 employees say they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day. Taking time to analyze workload and track tasks of high producing employees will help develop a game plan to stop adding too much to already-full plates. Read tips for preventing responsibility creep h ere .  
KEEP YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS ON TARGET WITH HABIT REFLECTION.  With barely half of New Year’s resolutions staying on track for the first month and only 8% lasting an entire year, many of us need a little extra help meeting our goals. Research testing 23 different approaches to forming daily habits found that habit reflection, or using lessons of your past to meet present goals, was the most effective. 
The steps include:
1.     Pick a past situation where you successfully changed a behavior
2.     Write down anything you learned or tactics that worked
3.     Create a written plan to apply those lessons to a new habit
Results also showed motivation levels were key. Read more in the full article here .
SETTING MEANINGFUL GOALS STARTS WITH ASKING MEANINGFUL QUESTIONS.  As we begin a new year and a new decade, it is the perfect time to define success in your career and businesses and make the most of your potential. An Inc. magazine article outlines 11 questions that will help you set meaningful goals, including:
  • "How can I work on my life, not just in it?"
  • "What's the difference between a good and great next year or decade?"
  • "What are my superpowers and how will I use them for good?"
  • "What can only I lead?"
  • "Who will I have served?"
Click here to read the full list of questions and tips for incorporating into your goal-setting process.
Dairy currents
WISCONSIN CAFO UPDATE MEETINGS PLANNED FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.  The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and UW-Madison Division of Extension are hosting meetings specifically designed for WPDES permitted CAFO owners and managers, producers considering expansion, nutrient management plan writers and engineers and will provide updated information on meeting permit requirements while maximizing profitability. Meetings will run from Jan. 28 through Feb. 13. Dates, locations and registration information can be found here
INTEREST IN SEAWEED IS GROWING for both food and feed markets. In human food, seaweed is seen as a healthful, plant-based ingredient that can be used to replace salt and enhance umami and other flavors. The global seaweed market was valued at $11.1 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a rate of 8.9% from 2018 to 2024. Forms of seaweed are showing up in snacks, jerky, pasta, and more. Learn more in this article . A type of red seaweed that grows in the tropics has shown to reduce methane emission in dairy cows by 80% with no impact on feed intake or milk yield. Research is ongoing , although producing enough of the seaweed to use as a feed additive poses a challenge.  
LOWER LIKELIHOOD OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY was linked to drinking whole milk, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The researchers conducted a review and meta-analysis of 28 studies and found that children and teens who drank whole milk (3.25% fat) were less likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who consumed reduced fat milk (01 to 2% fat). Read a summary or the research paper for more information. 
FAST CASUAL RESTAURANTS HAVE DRIVEN TRENDS in consumer choice and ingredient sourcing over the past decade, according to a Washington Post article. Restaurants like Shake Shack, Panera, and others where customers order at a counter with a high level of customization options and the promise of more healthful food and ingredients also provide lower labor costs and food costs for the business. In 2009, there were about 17,300 fast casual restaurants in the U.S. with sales of $19 billion, more than doubling to 34,800 locations and $47.5 billion in sales by 2018. Read more about these restaurants and impact on the industry in the full article .
Words to live by
“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.” - Mike Hawkins
PDPW Educational Calendar
January 28-29, 2020
Oshkosh, Wis. and Eau Claire, Wis.

February 5, 2020

February 12 & 13, 2020
Green Bay, Wis.

March 17-18, 2020
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 18-19, 2020
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

March 24-25, 2020: Level 3
Juneau, Wis.

April 4-5, 2020
Juneau, Wis.

April 14, 2020
Madison, Wis.

January 12-14, 2021
Managers Academy
Location TBD
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