Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

The Value of Everyone Getting Together

April 21, 2014 — The importance of having everyone at the table at the same time is the focus of our “Make the Connection” podcast this month with Randy Schmidt, owner/partner of S&S Jerseyland Dairy, Dennis Schueller and Randy Marx, consulting nutritionist from CP Feeds, along with dairy team facilitator Kristy Pagel of Diamond V.

NDF Values in Feeding Programs

April 18, 2014 — This week Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at NDF, Neutral Detergent Fiber, and why it is so important in dairy ration feeding programs.


The Importance of Colostrum Management

April 17, 2014 — You can probably best summarize colostrum management in three words – adequate, clean and timely. Dr. Tom Earleywine, the technical services director for Land O’ CalfLakes Animal Milk Products explains in this month’s “We Care For Calves” podcast:


Keep Your Eye on the U.S. Dollar

April 16, 2014 — Even though milk prices are holding strong –  change is inevitable, according to Matt Mattke, Market360 Analyst with Stewart-Peterson, Inc. He tells us why we should

Matt Mattke Stewart-Peterson, Inc.

Matt Mattke Stewart-Peterson, Inc.

be watching the value of the U.S. dollar and the correlation the dollar has with Class III Milk prices.


Lower SCC Scores in DHI Herds

April 15, 2014 — Dr. Duane Norman, retired from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, joined us on today’s DairyLine Radio program to discuss the latest in Somatic Cell Counts in DHI herds.


Progress Being Made on Efficiency Traits

April 14, 2014 — Brett Haines with CRV USA stopped by the DairyBusiness broadcast booth to share the latest developments with CRV.

Finding The Missing Milk

April 11, 2014 —  The bottom line is to manage forage quality and availability to find that missing 3-5 pounds of milk. Dr. Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois, explains in this week’s Feed Facts podcast.


Countdown to Quality

April 10, 2014 — Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is working with the Beef Quality Assurance program to provide more cattle producers and veterinarians access to their BQA BIVICertification modules. Dave Korbelik, director of U.S. cattle marketing, explains why its important to sign up before April 15th in this DairyBusiness Podcast.


Create a Proactive Communication Plan

April 9, 2014 — Professional Dairy Producers™ (PDPW) will offer a specialized training to help dairy farmers create a proactive communication plan with the use of social media pdpw_logostrategy to increase reach and visibility. The training, a part of the Dairy’s Visible VoiceTM curriculum, will be held Thursday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PDPW headquarters in Juneau, Wis.

Participants will learn how to define a farm’s communication objectives and draft a plan for ongoing community relations, using common tools such as social media. At the end of the training, participants will understand what it takes to build public trust and increase two-way communication about a dairy farm’s activities.

The trainer for this session is Renea Heinrich, public relations counselor with MorganMyers, a communications firm specializing in food and agriculture. Heinrich was a guest on today’s DairyLine Radio program – Listen here:

Heinrich’s presentations will be enhanced by two special guests who have experience in both proactive and crisis communication situations:

  • Dairy Carrie, a popular “agvocate,” will share her experiences communicating with the public, activists and some well-known fast food restaurants through her blog, “The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.” In addition to her blog, Carrie is a farmer on a 100-cow dairy with her husband and in-laws in Lake Mills, Wis.
  • Gary Conklin, dairy farmer and owner of Conklin Dairy in Plain City, Ohio. The Conklin family experienced an undercover animal abuse video in May 2010. Conklin will share his insights for being proactive and transparent during an on-farm crisis, as well as the value of planning before a crisis.

“With increased scrutiny on the food system from media and consumer groups, dairy producers must be prepared to communicate in a sincere and professional manner,” says Shelly Mayer, PDPW Executive Director. “Knowing when to extend and stop dialogue is the key to effective crisis communication.”

To register for the April 10 training session, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379, or go online for more information to

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is a dairy-producer founded organization that provides educational programs and services to fellow dairy producers. PDPW’s mission is “to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.”

Seasons Change – Prepare for Heat Stress


April 8, 2014 — It is starting to warm up in many parts of the country and you know what that means. Heat stress is a major cause of production losses in the dairy and beef industry. SchaeferJames Kleinke, Schaefer’s VP Agriculture and Horticulture Sales & Marketing joined us on today’s DairyLine Radio program to discuss the impact of heat stress on milk production.