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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!

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South Dakota Event on 3/24/21

Will you be at the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD on March 24th? Join Dairy Girl Network for an afternoon of camaraderie, fun and networking with other dairywomen!

Join other dairywomen for a quick recharge to talk about your lives involving dairy farming. The event is for all women involved with any part of dairy – whether as a calf feeder, dairy owner, marketing or sales consultant servicing dairy farms or cheese producers, veterinarian, researchers, etc. If there is a dairy cow involved in what you do, you’re invited!

Cost is $20.00 which includes lunch and a DGN special gift. Join us in the Fontenelle A Room at the Sheraton Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 24th, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Advance registration is appreciated for this Dairy Girl Network event, but walk-ins are welcome. Register HERE.

Nebraska Event on 3/18/21

Advance registration is appreciated for this Dairy Girl Network event, but not required. Please register HERE.

Will you be at the Nebraska State Dairy Association Annual Convention in Columbus, NE on March 18? Join Dairy Girl Network for networking with other dairywomen!

Join other dairywomen for a quick recharge to talk about your lives involving dairy farming. The event is for all women involved with any part of dairy – whether as a calf feeder, dairy owner, marketing or sales consultant servicing dairy farms or cheese producers, veterinarian, researchers, etc. If there is a dairy cow involved in what you do, you’re invited. Come learn more about the fast growing Dairy Girl Network and programs available to you!

This event is free and includes a DGN special gift. Join us at the Nebraska State Dairy Association Annual Convention in Columbus, Nebraska on March 18th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Please pre-register by clicking HERE, but walk-ins are welcome!

Mother’s Lounge at PDPW

DGN will be offering a Mother’s Lounge at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Annual Business Conference! 

This space will be located in the Ironwood Room during the conference on March 17 to 18, 2021.

This space offers comfortable and private nursing and pumping spaces, as well as just a quiet space for those with small children to rest and recharge.

If you are planning to attend the PDPW event, make sure to register HERE.

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!