CA Event on 1/24/19

Advance registration is appreciated for this Dairy Girl Network event. Register before January 1st to be entered into a drawing. Early registration ends January 8th. Please register HERE.

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Ladies involved in all aspects of the dairy industry are invited to a day of education and networking. Event will be held at The Penny in San Luis Obispo, California on January 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include training seminars, lunch, wine tasting & transportation. Buses will leave the Embassy Suites at 8:45 a.m. and will handle transportation to and from the event. If traveling in for the day or want to drive separate, parking is available at The Penny. Learn more about the speakers below.

Registrations entered by January 1st will be entered for a door prize. Registrations are due January 8th.

Event ticket price is $50.00 and includes transportation, lunch, wine tasting and a DGN special gift.

A student discount is available: email Kate Teixeira, californiaholstein@yahoo.com for the student discount.

This 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, veterinarians, researchers, etc. If there is a dairy cow involved in what you do, you’re invited! You do not need to attend the Holstein Meeting to attend this DGN event.

Join other dairywomen to unwind and talk about your lives involving dairy farming.  Come learn more about the fast growing Dairy Girl Network and programs available to you!

Please pre-register by clicking HERE.


Speakers


celeste Celeste Settrini rejoined her family in running their Century plus year old cattle ranch in 2013. She had known for some time that she wanted to return to the ranch, and her decision was pushed ahead after tragically losing her father in an accident. She knew that now was the time to take a major role in keeping the cattle ranch going alongside her mother Anita and brother , John.

She has since dove full steam into the industry. Working daily on the ranch and committing herself to not only being a voice for her family ranch but other cattle ranchers as well.

Her work with the industry did not go unnoticed as she was awarded Monterey County Cattlewomen of the Year, National Cattlemen’s Beef Promoter of the Year and the Red Angus of America Beef Promoter of the Year. Celeste also donates her time and energy to The Monterey County Fair, San Benito County Fair and the Grand National at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

An eclectic cowgirl with an eye for fashion and style, Celeste loves to share her ranch fashion tips on her social media pages along with advocating for the animal agriculture industry. When she is not working alongside her family , she is active taking photos for various cattle sales and assists with social media marketing promoting cattle sales and auctioneers. She dedicates time to the California Beef Council as a board member alongside other parties in the beef and dairy industries, and the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

Celeste can be found encouraging those in agriculture to “be a voice for the industry celebrating what we do each and every day”,through her visits with agriculture groups, and her active social media platforms and brings the gift of connection to the animal agriculture industry to consumers and producers alike. Her love of the beef industry and her family ranch is evident when you meet her, she is never afraid to answer questions from consumers and visit about the joys of ranching.


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Erin Nutcher will be joining this Dairy Girl Network event to share her story. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Lodi, CA, and has continued in the dairy industry when she married her dairy farmer husband Trevor soon after college. Their family now includes the 5th generation with the addition of Dale, who’s adventures on Hidden Valley Dairy Erin chronicles to share with her followers, while giving us a glimpse into what is happening on the farm that day.

As she invites people into the day to day life on the dairy, she brings her passion and love of the dairy business to life, and the “facts” behind the industry are carried to her social media followers with good explanations and thoughtfulness. Erin works with several media resources including filming virtual educational dairy tours for students and interviewing professionals that bring special skills to the dairy to help educate the public on what is required to keep cows at their very best. Her winning smile and joy she shares when telling the “dairy” story has captured the hearts of her followers.

She has great insight concerning the challenge to find your voice as you advocate for the industry, and has found great ways to share the “heart” behind industry factual resources she uses to communicate information about dairying, dairy products and animal care.


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Being a healthy leader is a key to any business, including the dairy business and part of being a healthy leader is understanding the importance (& fear) of honesty and trust in communications and relationships. Dealing with conflict is one of the skills Paul Swearengin encourages his Core Leader’s Network participants to strengthen to be a healthy leader, and Paul will be joining this Dairy Girl Network event to discuss and share some strategies we can develop to improve our conflict resolution skills.

In his 30-year career spanning broadcast media, professional ministry and healthcare industry management, Paul has honed the ability to cast a vision, take giant leaps of faith, build teams, and overcome obstacles to pursue that vision. His professional experience includes TV and Radio sportscasting, raising $4 million in private equity for a sports radio company, serving on the startup team of a large healthcare company, and birthing and growing a non-denominational church. Now, a licensed minister in the business world, Paul has poured his multifaceted skills into the Core Leaders Network, fostering leaders to achieve greater personal and professional well-being and inspiring them to positively impact the world around them.

Core Leader’s Network is endorsed by the Center for Community Transformation and Leadership Foundation of Fresno.


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Carrie Mess will also be joining in the event for the day and giving a welcome. Carrie is a founding Dairy Girl Network Board Member residing in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Carrie is a household name to many of you – Dairy Carrie. For those of you who don’t know Carrie, she is a mom, dairy farmer, speaker, agvocate for agriculture and serves on the board of directors for AgSource Cooperative. Her efforts to be a part of the conversation on food and farming, have led her to be selected as the 2014 Social Media Farmer of the Year and 2017 Wisconsin Ag Woman of the Year. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, Huffington Post and several industry publications.

Supporting dairywomen is a passion of Carrie’s. “We all need a mentor or just a little support from someone who understands what we do every day. The DGN brings women together from our unique industry to give that understanding, support and friendship,” commented Carrie.

Carrie serves on the DGN Inspire mentorship program committee, spoke at the first DGN Forward TogetHER conference, hosted our first DGN Growing TogetHER Field Day, and rides herd over Exchange- By the DGN Facebook group.

Give the Gift of DGN

Give the Gift of DGN this Holiday Season!

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Our virtual Spanish courses are great to gift to help advance learning in the Spanish language and improve communications between employees, coworkers or customers. We are currently offering a beginner and intermediate course for Winter 2020. Learn more about the Spanish courses HERE.

 

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DGN hosts webinars almost every month to advance knowledge on everything from planting, finances, calf care, mental health, transition cows and more! Why not gift a WHOLE YEAR of webinars? For only $60, you can do that for a loved one HERE. Give her the gift of continuing education and constant learning.

 

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Give the gift of a 3-day conference that allows you to learn, lead and succeed. The DGN National Conference brings together dairywomen from across the country, offers over 25 breakout and general sessions on hot topics, features a showcase of local and national businesses and also offers great networking opportunities. Gift the Forward TogetHER experience HERE.

 

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Are you on Facebook? Give yourself the gift of community by joining our private Facebook group, Exchange by Dairy Girl NetworkHERE (but 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.

Spanish 101 and 201 Courses Now Enrolling for Winter 2020

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Spanish on La Granja (on the farm) 101 and 201 courses now enrolling!

DGN’s Spanish on La Granja courses are virtual 8-week courses tailored to aiding in Spanish speaking on the dairy farm!

All Courses Include:

  • An 8-week condensed course (total of 16 lessons)
  • Two weekly one-hour live but recorded video lessons accessible when convenient for you!
  • “Live” classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • The ability to schedule one-on-one calls/video chats with the instructor weekly for additional help
  • Access to helpful links, games and more for reinforcement
  • Ease of completing course assignments through the DGN website
  • Certificate for course completion

Registration will be open until December 27th. Classes may fill up before this deadline. All courses will be open to only DGN members until December 13th, then will open up to the public! 

  • Click HERE to learn more about these courses, the teacher and specific details.
  • Register for 101 (beginner) HERE! The fee for this course is $300.
  • Register for 201 (intermediate) HERE! The fee for this course is $325.

2020 Yearly Webinar Subscription

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DGN is offering a yearly webinar subscription for half the price! 

Sign up for every webinar in 2020 with one form! 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!

Join Us for a Webinar Mini-Series in December on Financials

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Financial Planning and Understanding Mini-Series

Webinar 1: Understanding Your Financial Statements – presented by Melanie de Jong, CPA at Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, P.C. (RECORDED)

Webinar 2: Calculation Ratios and Evaluation to Track Performance – presented by Matthew Lange, Business Consultant at Compeer Financial

The webinar series will be presented by Compeer and Farm Credit Services of America, with the first webinar on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST (now recorded) and the second on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

During this mini series you’ll have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into understanding your financial statements. The first webinar will help build the foundation of financial basics. Throughout the second webinar, you’ll gain insight on calculating ratios and evaluation using your financials to track performance.

$10 DGN programming fee covers BOTH webinars (login instructions will be provided in e-mail confirmation before the webinar).

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! Register by clicking here!

Speakers and topics are brought to you by Compeer and Farm Credit Services of America, and webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis.

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

Join Us for a Webinar on 11/15/19- Building Your Team for Activist Defense

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Building Your Team for Activist Defense

The webinar will be presented by Marissa Hake, DVM, Veterinarian for Midwest Veal, LLC, on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST

Dr. Hake will be discussing how their company managed an activist encounter, what was learned from it and what other farms can take away from their experience. She will also touch on why we need to be “telling our story” and managing activist activity online.

$10 DGN programming fee (login instructions will be provided in e-mail confirmation before the webinar).

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, November 14th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis.

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

Join Us for a Webinar on 10/25/19- Understanding FARM Animal Care Version 4.0

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Understanding FARM Animal Care Version 4.0

The webinar will be presented by Emily Yesier Stepp,  Senior Director, The National Dairy FARM Program, on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST

After a rigorous 16-month stakeholder review, the fourth iteration of the FARM Animal Care Program’s standards supports closer farmer-veterinarian relationships, requires continuing education for all employees and adds a new standard for pain management when disbudding animals. As with previous versions of FARM Animal Care, a robust suite of materials that include templates, FAQs, continuing education videos and other resource tools will be made available to help producers meet the outlined standards. During this webinar, you’ll gain further understanding of the review process, the updates and details on materials.

$10 DGN programming fee (login instructions will be provided in e-mail confirmation before the webinar).

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 24th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis, and this topic and speaker is brought to you by The National Dairy FARM Program.

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

DGN Looking for Board of Directors Nominations

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DGN is seeking nominations for 2 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 23rd. There are no self-nominations, so if you are interested please reach out to a fellow dairywoman and ask her to nominate you. Nominees must be an official member of the Dairy Girl Network. If not, be sure they sign up by selecting Join on the top banner of this site.

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, and one empty producer or industry seat. To be eligible, nominees should be involved in the dairy industry through their industry position and career.

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, Katie Dotterer-Pyle and Michelle Schilter, or our DGN staff: Brenda Gilbertson, Renee Norman-Kenny, Andrea Brossard 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 23rd at https://dairygirlnetwork.com/board-of-directors-nomination/. 

Fall 2019 Spanish Courses are Open!

 

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DGN’s Spanish on La Granja Virtual Spanish Courses are open! 

Classes offered through DGN:

  • Spanish on La Granja (on the farm) 101 (beginner)
  • Spanish on La Granja (on the farm) 201 (intermediate)

All Courses Include:

  • An 8-week condensed course (total of 16 lessons)
  • Two weekly one-hour live but recorded video lessons accessible when convenient for you!
  • “Live” classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • The ability to schedule one-on-one calls/video chats with the instructor weekly for additional help
  • Access to helpful links, games and more for reinforcement
  • Ease of completing course assignments through the DGN website
  • Certificate for course completion

Learning a second language takes commitment, practice and determination. Native Spanish-speakers love it when you show an appreciation for their language and culture. Even knowing the basics will go a long way in improving relationships.

*Fall 2019 Classes are OPEN!*

Learn more and register for 101 (beginner) HERE!

Learn more and register for 201 (intermediate) HERE!

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 9/20/19- Get the Inside Track from Dairy Girl Network

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Get the Inside Track from Dairy Girl Network

This FREE webinar will be presented by Dairy Girl Network staff on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST

Our organization has come so far so fast. Our program areas continue to grow and our impact on thousands of dairywomen multiples each year. Join the Dairy Girl Network staff as they bring you the inside track to program details, share World Dairy Expo highlights and gather your feedback to take Dairy Girl Network into a bright future.

This webinar is FREE, but still requires registration (login instructions will be provided in e-mail confirmation before the webinar).

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. 


Webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis, and this topic and speaker is brought to you by Dairy Girl Network.

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