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2024 GA Dairy Conference Agenda

Monday, January 15

8:00   a.m.                ACCM Board of Directors Meeting

                                    Georgia Milk Producers Board of Directors Meeting

9:00                           Registration Opens for Guest and Producers

9:30                            Pre-Conference Symposium:  "New Ideas & New Technology in Dairy"

                                    Join our sponsors Zinpro, SCCL, PivotBio, and CowManager for an informal showcase                                      of some of the newest technology and services available to dairy producers.


12:00 p.m.               GDYF Board of Directors Meeting

                                    The Dairy Alliance/ADA of GA Meeting

1:30                            General Session I 

                                     Processor's Perspective of Future Dairy Markets

                                     Michael Dykes, DVM, CEO, International Dairy Foods Association

                                     Surviving in a World Market: Influences & Hindrances

                                     Ron O'Brien II, President, Nui North America

3:00                            Exhibitor Break in Atrium

3:30                            Georgia Milk Producers Annual Membership Meeting

3:45                            General Session II - Sponsored by Balchem

                                     Navigating the Commodity Terrain

                                     Darren Frye, PhD, CEO, Water Street Consulting

                                     Southeastern Dairy Market Review

                                     Calvin Covington, CEO (retired), Southeast Milk Inc.

5:15                            GDC Day One Concludes - Open Dinner

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Tuesday, January 16

7:00    AM                  Continental Breakfast Opens in the Atrium
8:00                             General Session III 

                                      Selective Dry Cow Therapy

                                      Daryl Nydam, PhD, Cornell University

                                              Dairy Economics - Factors Impacting Profitability  

                                              Kevin Dhuyvetter, PhD, Distinguished Technical Advisor, Elanco Animal Health   

9:30                             Exhibit Break in Atrium
                    General Session IV 

                                     Investing in Your Future - Calf Health

                                     Geof Smith, DVM, Dairy Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis


                                     Nutraceuticals as an Alternative Strategy for the use of Antimicrobials

                                     Michael A. Ballou, DVM, Chair of Dept. Veterinary Services, Texas Tech University

12:00 PM                  GMP Awards Luncheon/GA Dairy Youth Live Auction
1:30                             General Session V 

                                              Consistent Feed, Consistent Eating, Consistent Results

                                      Dr. Trevor Devries, Professor & Research Chair, University of Guelph

                                      Keeping the Rumen Happy and Healthy

                                      Dr. Mary Beth Hall, US Dairy Forage Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service

3:00                             Exhibit Break in Atrium
3:45                             General Session VI 

                                      Transition Cow Problems: Fixing Blood Calcium and It's Role in Immune Dysfunction

                                      Jesse Goff, DVM, Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University

                                      Optimizing the Quality and Quantity of Dairy Replacement Heifers

                                      Mike Overton, DVM, Global Dairy Platform Lead, Zoetis

5:15                             GDC Day Two Concludes - Open Dinner

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Wednesday, January 17

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7:00  a.m.                   Continental Breakfast Opens in Atrium

8:00                             General Session VI - Sponsored by Georgia ACC for Milk

                                      Southeast Dairy Checkoff 

                                      Geri Berdak, CEO, The Dairy Alliance

                                      Futureproofing Your Farm Communications

                                      Don Schindler, Senior VP of Digital Innovations, Dairy Management Inc.

9:30                             Exhibit Break in Atrium

10:30                           General Session VII 

                                      Breakthrough in Nutritional Forage: Enhanced BMR Male Sterile Sorghum

                                      Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems LLC

                                      Monetizing Manure Projects

                                      Mark Stoermann, COO, Newtrient

12:00                          Georgia Dairy Conference Concludes

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