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MSU 2012 Winter Dairy Program  

“Making Labor the Most Productive Enterprise on the Farm”

The program will challenge participants to think about their relationships on the farm with employees and family members. It will prepare them to take their dairy operation to a new level of teamwork and business results.

Dates and Locations:
•  February 20-21, 2012 
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Monday Evening Session: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Tuesday Session: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
•  February 22, 2012
    Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, Michigan
    Day Session: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Evening Session: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

•  February 23-24, 2012
    Bavarian Inn and Conference Center, Frankenmuth, Michigan
    Thursday Evening Session: 6:30 - 8-30 p.m.
    Friday Session: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:
Robert Milligan, Sr. Consultant, Dairy Strategies, Inc.
Professor Emeritus, Cornell University.

Other Featured Speakers:
 Charles P. Contreras, PeopleFirst, Human Capital
   Services of Pfizer Animal Health
 Ron Erskine, Michigan State University
 Richard Pursley, Michigan State University
 Herb Bucholtz, Professor Emeritus,
   Michigan State University
 Stan Moore, MSU Extension Dairy Educator
 Phil Durst, MSU Extension Dairy Educator

Registration Pricing
$125 per person, $210 per management team
(two people from same farm).

To register:

Go to http://bit.ly/dairylabormgt or contact ANR Event Management via email: honkemeg@msu.edu.

Or call (517)-353-3175, ext. 229.

For more information contact: Phil Durst, 989-387-5346, Email: durstp@msu.edu; Stan Moore 231-533-8818,  Email: moorest@msu.edu.

Topics Featured:
Farm business success in turbulent times
Learn what dairy managers must become to succeed today and into the future as family farm owners.

Employee involvement in the business
Hear how two progressive producers have involved employees in their business.

Quality control through employees
Develop the practical aspects of consistency and quality in herd management.

Labor management on the expanding

As a farm expands, it is important for the managers to grow and change the leadership, supervision and coaching of employees for success.

Supervisory skills for exceptional employee performance
Learn effective tools for supervising and leading your workforce from cutting-edge research, participant activities and examples.

Special Evening Session:
In addition to the daylong training the program will feature an evening session to foster discussion about family teamwork in management.


Michigan Dairy Review is published and mailed to all Michigan dairy farmers and individuals working in allied industries. With its ever increasing on-line presence, the MDR target audience has spread beyond Michigan and the U.S.; today electronic subscribers are located in places such as Australia, The Scandinavia, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, Peru, and New Zealand.  

The MDR is the primary communications vehicle for research findings, extension programming, and teaching between faculty and staff in MSU dairy programs and the dairy industry. The MDR web site is paid for by the C. E. Meadows Endowment.

January 2012 Topics

Calving Pen Alternatives

Intensified Feeding Programs for Calves

Right to Farm: Site Selection

Treatment of Milk House Wash Water

Diagnostic Tests and Strategies for BVDV

Landowners: Oil and Gas Leases

Livestock Gross Margin [Pt 2]

Social Secuurity Basics [Pt. 2]

What BOTF Participants are Learning

MSU at Nationals Dairy Challenge

2012 Winter Dairy Program