PDPW offers August training sessions

Wisconsin State Farmer

From Wisconsin to Ireland, training sessions hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) in August 2017 will focus on on-farm networking and training to help dairy farmers improve their operations and create dialogues with local community leaders.  

As a producer-led group, these trainings and events bring dynamic education in a variety of mediums to help farmers and industry professionals stay at the forefront of issues impacting their businesses and to be on the leading-edge of technologies and practices for managing today’s high-performing modern dairy farm. 

August training and educational events include:

  • Aug. 16, Prairie du Sac, Wis. – PDPW Dairy Dialogue Day Tour
  • Aug. 12-22, Ireland – PDPW International Dairy Tour:  Ireland
  • Aug. 28, Waupaca, Wis. – ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings at Brooks Farms
  • Aug. 29, Mondovi, Wis. – ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings at Mar-Bec Dairy
  • Aug. 30, Waukesha, Wis. – ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings at Cozy Nook Farm
  • Aug. 31, Dane, Wis. – ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings at Ripp’s Dairy Valley, LLC

PDPW Dairy Dialogue Day Tour™, Wednesday,  Aug. 16, Prairie du Sac, Wis., from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A daylong chartered bus tour will provide dairy owners and managers the opportunity to tour two high-performing dairies and discuss new ideas and insights on achieving reproduction goals, optimizing calf growth, developing quality genetics, managing high production, and exploring different types of stall bedding and comfort.

Tour stops will include Wargo Acres, owned and operated by the Carncross family near Lodi, Wis., and Blue Star Dairy, owned and operated by the Meinholz family near Middleton, Wis.

The tour will be facilitated by Dr. Randy Shaver, professor at UW-Madison and extension dairy nutritionist. Earn up to 4.0 Dairy AdvanCE Continuing Education (CE) Credits.  

PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland,  Aug. 12 - 22.

A group of 50 dairy farmers will spend 10 days discovering the beauty, history and tradition of Ireland and learn about the country’s unique dairy industry.  From the streets of Dublin to the Blarney castle, and multiple farms and research centers along the way, tour participants will experience an educational trip of a lifetime.  

Each year, PDPW hosts an international tour that combines travel, tours, education and networking.  As in past years, the Ireland tour sold out quickly.  Tour participants will earn up 16.0 Dairy AdvanCE CEs.  

ACE (Agricultural Community Engagement®) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings,  Aug. 28, 29, 30, and 31 at dairy-farm locations, starting at 6 p.m. each evening.  

Community leaders and dairy producers are invited to discuss issues important to our rural communities and economies. Each evening will feature a 60-minute tour of the hosting dairy, followed by open dialogue and ice cream.

The meetings are a joint initiative of the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers, and are free and open to the public.  

Hosting dairies include:

  • Monday,  Aug. 28, Brooks Farms near Waupaca, Wis. (Waupaca County) 
  • Tuesday,  Aug. 29, Mar-Bec Dairy near Mondovi, Wis. (Buffalo County)
  • Wednesday,  Aug. 30, Cozy Nook Farm near Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha County)
  • Thursday,  Aug. 31, Ripp’s Dairy Valley near Dane, Wis. (Dane County)

To learn more about August PDPW trainings and events, and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.