Author: Amanda Borkowski

Webinar on 3/5/21: What Does Your SCC Say About Your Management?

What Does Your SCC Say About Your Management?

This webinar will be a panel discussion with Panel Discussion with Angela Kinney, DVM, Staff Veterinarian at Larson Acres Inc. and Dairy Field Technician at Agsource; Heidi Fischer, Manager/Owner at Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, Inc.; and Jolynne Schroepfer, Dairy Facilitator, Sartori Cheese. on Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by the National Mastitis Council.

Webinar Summary: What does your somatic cell count say about your management? Join us to learn the top factors for high quality milk and have a dynamic discussion with some women in the industry paving the way on this topic. Make sure to bring your questions to ask our technical expert and an award-winning producer.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Angela Kinney is originally from Brazil where she completed her DVM degree and in 2003 got her degree equivalency from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison. She was in private practice for five years until the birth of her daughter, when she then became a full-time mom. In 2010 she joined Larson Acres Inc. (2400 milking cows) as a part time Staff Veterinarian and still holds that position. Her focus is on milk quality. Larson acres has a strong on-farm culture program that led to a decrease in 60% of the intramammary drug use with improved milk quality. In 2019, Larson Acres received the prestigious 100-100 award given to farms that have a production of 100lbs or above of milk a day per cow while keeping SCC at or below 100,000. In December of 2020 Dr. Kinney also joined Agsource as Dairy Field technician with an emphasis on consultation.

Heidi Fischer, her husband and his parents own and operate a 1,000 cow dairy and farm 2,500 acres. Heidi joined the dairy in 2015 and brings a marketing and project management background to her job. Heidi manages the calf and heifer portion of the dairy, as well as processes and protocols for the dairy part of the farm. She works closely with her veterinarian and nutritionist to ensure all protocols not only have the best interest of the animal in mind but are also efficient and easy to implement. Heidi believes that communication and teamwork are key to success.

Jolynne Schroepfer’s passion for the dairy industry has been developed over a lifetime. Growing up milking in the family tie-stall barn, it is there that she learned to listen to the needs of the dairy cow. After graduating from UW-Madison with a double major in Dairy Science and Agriculture Education, she and her husband Dave navigated back to central Wisconsin. At Sartori, Jolynne focuses on quality milk procurement with farms ranging 20 to 1000 cows. Sartori was recently recognized as having not one, but two farms recognized as platinum by the National Mastitis Council and the National Dairy Quality Award. Their sons, Mitch, Marcus and Tyler, are all Badgers at UW-Madison in the College of Agriculture and Life Science. Jolynne will be moderating this discussion.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, March 4th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Create Your Niche: New Opportunities for Income and Personal Growth (Sharing Wisdom Educational Seminar)

Virtual Sharing Wisdom Event:

“Create Your Niche: New Opportunities for Income and Personal Growth”

Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME

(1:00 – 3:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST)

This Sharing Wisdom event starts with a keynote from Mary Heffernan (Five Marys Farm), building excitement around entrepreneurship and what it takes to be successful. Next, we’ll split into three breakout rooms (choose one) focusing on Events/AgritourismFood Production, and Publishing/Art/Digital Presence. This will allow attendees to have more focused conversations, ask detailed questions, and learn about each venture type. To close the event, all participants join back together for a business plan building presentation by Paul Dietmann from Compeer. This Sharing Wisdom event will give participants valuable knowledge and key takeaways for attainable income diversification. Bonus: A digital business plan template plus resources and contacts for future ongoing conversations.

Check out the amazing speaker lineup – you won’t want to miss this! Learn more about them HERE!

The event will cost $25. Grab your favorite snack and join us for this live presentation. Login instructions will be provided by email after payment. *Limited spots available – register early to reserve your spot. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 24th, midnight CST.

Register HERE!

Partner with Us and Join the Catalyst Circle

Is your business interested in partnering with Dairy Girl Network? Check out our Catalyst Circle opportunity for 2021!

The Dairy Girl Network supports all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities. The mission and vision of Dairy Girl Network is fueled by the support of our partners, our accomplished Board of Directors, our passionate staff and our heartfelt membership

Dairy Girl Network needs your support to advance our mission now. Our organization has come so far so fast since our first networking event in 2013. Our program areas continue to grow, our impact on thousands of dairywomen each year multiplies, yet we can do more. The Catalyst Circle will kickstart more opportunities for virtual and in-person networking, educational resources and mentorship connections of our dairywomen from across the globe. With these dollars, Dairy Girl Network will be able to expand our staff and better support them as they bring these programs to life. 

The future of Dairy Girl Network is bright and our goals are set high. Now is your opportunity to have a part in the network’s growth! Email Brenda at brendag@dairygirlnetwork.com to learn more.

Annual Catalyst Investment: $10,000

(Annual investment can combine access to resources as well as financial support. The in- kind value of services to be negotiated.)

Includes:

  • Catalyst national partner recognition on 2021 communication, including your company logo or name in text, through Dairy Girl Network.
  • Company quote on DairyGirlNetwork.com partners page.
  • Write educational articles published via Dairy Girl Direction e-newsletter, DGN social media pages or website (content subject to approval). 
  • Bonus – One participant in the ideation session of 2021 DGN Virtual Connect Experiences.
  • Bonus – Customize your involvement / representation to a DGN program area aligning with your objectives.

The benefits for companies who sign up now won’t last, become a member of the Catalyst Circle now. Your brand could join our initiative of reaching dairywomen where they are in 2021.

Join Us for a Webinar on 1/22/21: Turning Observations Into Action

Turning Observations Into Action

This webinar will be presented by Michelle Sullivan, Dairy Nutritionist, Cargill, on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by Cargill.

Webinar Summary: Today’s dairy farms have lots of data at our fingertips. Additionally, we have employees who work with our animals daily and can recognize when animal performance deviates from “normal.” What should you do when your information and observations still don’t meet your goals? It can feel overwhelming to sift through the data and determine where to begin. In this presentation we’ll discuss ways to direct your energy onto key areas of focus and to determine the steps to take to turn observations into performance.

Speaker Bio: Michelle Sullivan grew up in a small town in Kansas and earned her bachelors and master’s degrees at Kansas State University. During this time, she worked as a herdsman for the University’s dairy teaching and research unit, which ignited her passion for the dairy industry. After graduation, Michelle began working for Cargill in Southern Idaho as a dairy nutritionist. She has worked with a variety of dairy operations, from custom calf ranches to large dairy farms. Her passions include helping producers identify opportunities on their operations, troubleshooting bottlenecks on farms, working to develop actionable plans and conducting employee training programs to assist with adoption of new protocols.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, January 21st, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

2021 Yearly Webinar Subscription

DGN is excited to bring back the yearly webinar subscription! 

Sign up for every webinar in 2021 with one form, and get all the webinars for half of the price! You do not need to worry about signing up for individual webinars- logins for the live webinars and links for the recordings will be automatically sent to your inbox each month. Sign up once and don’t worry about doing anything else for the entire year!

For just $60 (half the price of a year’s worth of webinars!) you can get all of this and save time. Don’t miss out on webinars regarding mental health, calf care, employee management, transition cows, crops and more from experts in the field.

Interested? SIGN UP HERE!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from DGN

2020 was an unprecedented year for all of us, navigating our way through all the uncertainty and change. DGN realized early in our development that if we would reach our members “where they are,” we must be virtual. We need to be with them (with you) in the barn, in the car on the way to a dentist appointment, at your kitchen table, and in your ear or on your phone as you have five minutes waiting for the vet to arrive. We were able to be nimble in the COVID lock down because we were already flexible in our outreach. Not only were we ready with the platforms of webinars, Zoom meetings, long-distance mentoring, robust online discussions and pivoting to a virtual conference, we were also ready with content our members needed.

We want to thank you for your support and involvement in Dairy Girl Network. This community of over 5,000 highly engaged dairywomen participated in our third biennial Forward TogetHER National Conference, had thousands of discussions within our online community, participated in 15 webinars, continued important conversations about mental health through our #StrongerTogetHER campaign, went to a few Connect networking events in the spring, took advantage of our COVID-19 Resource Hub, learned a new language with our Spanish on La Granja courses and welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors. What a year it has been!
We also are grateful for our partners that support DGN development and share in our mission.
Sustaining Sponsor: Undeniably Dairy / Dairy Management Inc.
Catalyst Sponsors: Cargill, Compeer Financial, DeLaval, Diamond V, Farm Credit (Farm Credit Services of America, Compeer Financial, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, American AgCredit), Land O’Lakes, The National Dairy FARM Program, Merck Animal Health and Michael Best
 We are very honored and excited to bring you new opportunities and programming in 2021. Stay tuned for the next round of our Inspire mentor program, our next installment of our Spanish On La Granja courses, the return of our Enhance webinar series, the publication of the bi-monthly Dairy Girl Direction newsletter, more virtual and in-person events and many more exciting program developments. We are also welcoming a new member of our Board of Directors to our team next year.
 Keep up with us in the new year by liking us on Facebook, following us on Instagram and connecting with us on LinkedIn so you don’t miss a thing! 

 Happy Holidays,
The Dairy Girl Network Team & Board of Directors

Give the Gift of DGN!

This holiday season, give the gift of DGN!

Treat a dairywoman in your life to the gift of advanced education, growth, leadership and success in her #dairygirl role. DGN has many great programs that are perfect for the giving season:

Give the gift of our dynamic conference to someone special, or yourself! Sign up now for access to Forward TogetHER On Demand and receive access to all 26 recorded breakout and general sessions, along with access to our Conference Resource Hub which has special conference materials, printables and a virtual swag bag. Gift the Forward TogetHER On Demand experience for $179 and you or your loved one can access this anytime until the end of January 2021. You still have time to learn, lead and succeed. Learn more HERE.


Give the gift of continuing education and constant learning! Looking for a present for a special dairywoman in your life? Gift her a year-long subscription to our webinars for 2021! DGN hosts webinars almost every month to advance knowledge on everything from planting, finances, calf care, mental health, management, transition cows and more! Individual webinar rates are standard at $10 per webinar, but sign up now for our yearly subscription and receive access to every webinar in 2021 for half of the price. You do not need to worry about signing up for individual webinars either- logins for the live webinars and links for the recordings will be automatically sent to your inbox. Sign up once and don’t worry about doing anything else for the entire year! For only $60, you can gift an entire year’s worth of webinars for a loved one. Give her or yourself the gift of continued education HERE!


Give the gift of community to yourself or a dairywoman in your life. Get involved in the DGN community by joining our private Facebook group, Exchange by Dairy Girl Network.Click HERE to find the group and make sure to answer all of the questions to guarantee approval. Have a dairywoman in your life that you want to gift the opportunity to join a community of other #dairygirls that she can connect and learn with? Share with her that our membership is free and she can sign up HERE!

Join Us for a Webinar on 12/18/20: Bold Leadership

Bold Leadership

This webinar will be presented by Laura Daniels, Heartwood Farm, Hitch Pin Consulting and Dairy Girl Network Founder and President, Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

What does it take to be a bold leader? Have the required skill and talent changed over time? Are leaders born with that special something or can it be developed? In this high energy session, Laura will answer these questions with research and the real life examples of leaders she works with. It is really all about listening to your people and a genuine willingness to adapt and change – now more than ever!

Laura will also share her journey; the challenges and breakthroughs that have led her to believe the best leaders are home grown, not naturals. Laura will inspire you to be intentional in your leadership development. These skills will make you more effective in every aspect of your life and help you have a greater impact on what matters most to you.

Learning objectives:
1. We will review what makes a great leader great. Who are people who you look to as models of leadership?
2. You are who you surround yourself with. How to build teams, culture and networks that will create success for all for the long term.
3. How to get real about burnout for yourself and those you lead.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, December 17th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Dairy Girl Network is Looking for a Producer to Join the Board of Directors

DGN is seeking nominations for a Producer to join the Board of Directors!

As Dairy Girl Network continues to grow we also need to grow our team of leaders. If you know of a talented dairywoman who has the energy to help move our great organization forward, please nominate her for a Dairy Girl Network Board of Director position. The nomination form is available here.

The nomination period is open now and will end October 27th. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees must be an official member of the Dairy Girl Network. If not, be sure you/they sign up here.

The Dairy Girl Network Board is made up of both dairy producers and industry representatives. At this time we will be filling one empty producer seat. To be eligible, nominees should be actively farming.

The field of nominees will be held confidential and will be considered by a sub-committee of the Dairy Girl Network board. After they have narrowed the field there will be a questionnaire or interview conducted by the same committee. They will then recommend top candidates to the full board who upon approval will appoint the new board member.

If there are any questions please reach out to Laura Daniels, or any member of the Dairy Girl Network Board: Kristy Pagel, Carrie Mess, Michelle Philibeck, LuAnn Troxel, Tami Smith, Mary Knigge, Michelle Schilter, Connie Kuber, Corinne Banker and Bec Shaw, or our DGN staff: Brenda Gilbertson, Renee Norman-Kenny or Amanda Borkowski. All contact information for these dairywomen can be found here.

Time commitment is attending one conference call per month and one to two face to face meetings, one of which will be held at World Dairy Expo. Each board member is also asked to serve on a planning committee for a program area, for example: Connect networking events, Enhance webinars and educational programs, Inspire mentoring program or another area of programming. We pride ourselves on being a virtual organization and most work is done through conference calls and email.

We can’t wait to have an additional woman join this great team!

Please nominate a fellow dairywomen by October 27th HERE.

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 10/16/20: Dairy Girl Network Looking Forward TogetHER

Dairy Girl Network Looking Forward TogetHER

This webinar will be presented by Laura Daniels, Kristy Pagel and Amanda Borkowski, leadership and staff, Dairy Girl Network, Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

During this webinar you will learn more about Dairy Girl Network and the programs available within our organization. You will hear from the leaders of DGN about our plans for the future and what is coming next. One upcoming event DGN will share about is the Forward TogetHER virtual national conference to be held in November. See a sneak peek of the conference and learn more about this virtual conference. There will also be a chance for you to share your ideas on how we can make DGN even more valuable to you!

What is DGN doing? How can DGN programs help you? When can you plug in and grow your skills or be inspired? Why should you get involved with DGN? Register now to find out!

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, October 15th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.