Connect Summit 2018

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2018 Program

The line up for the 2018 Connect Summit was amazing. Be inspired by all people who made this event possible.

Monday, June 25

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12:00AM

Registration desks open at each hotel

6:00PM

Reception Dinner; Entertainment by Steve Hume - Acoustic Guitarist, Singer and Entertainer (Crooked Hearth/Billards Room in Park Hyatt)

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Entertainment by Stephan Hume – Acoustic Guitarist, Singer, and Entertainer Stephan Hume

Tuesday, June 26

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6:00AM

Breakfast

8:00AM

Opening and Welcome - Tyne Morgan

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Tyne Morgan

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Master of Ceremonies: Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com

8:10AM

Five Connect Fundamentals from a Non-Dairy Guy - Tim Taylor, VAS CEO

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Tim Taylor

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After more than a year of visiting dairies around the world, VAS CEO Tim Taylor gives a non-traditional view of the dairy ecosystem, through the lens of his multi-industry technology experience. He shares five critical observations from his global business growth experience in the tech industry along with everything he’s learned in his year on the farm.

8:30AM

Technology Drivers in the Dairy Product Market - Mike McCloskey, Co-Founder and CEO of Select Milk Producers

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Mike McCloskey

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Mike is Co-Founder and CEO of Select Milk Producers, the sixth largest milk cooperative in the country. Dr. McCloskey had been instrumental in the invention of patented milk processing & dispensing systems owned by Select and its affiliate, Fairlife, a dairy-based health and wellness company.

9:15AM

The Connected Dairy - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Jamie Zimmerman, General Manager of Dairy One

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Jamie Zimmerman
Chris Weaver
Todd Meyer
Steve Martin

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Panel members left to right: Chris Weaver (Bridgewater Dairy), Todd Meyer (Dairy Management and Veterinary Consultant from Cornell University), Steve Martin (DNMC Nutrition), Steven Landwehr (United Dairies)(no photo)

Revolutionizing information flow across all disciplines for optimized decision-making

The Internet of Things is as valid for the dairy as it is anywhere else in our economy. When we connect the equipment, the people and the key decision makers to the internet we can create a powerful flow of information. This session discusses how the different dimensions of the dairy can be connect for powerful improvement of dairy operations.

10:00AM

Break - Technology Tent is open

10:30AM

Feeding the World Through a Technology Ecosystem - Mark Shaw, MWI

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Mark Shaw

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Technology is changing the world faster than ever. This happens in our everyday lives, both on and off the dairy. In this presentation Mark Shaw, President of AmerisourceBergen’s animal health group, will invite you to think along with him about how technology can help our industry solve for the increasing need for high-quality proteins to feed a growing and hungry world population. Mr. Shaw will share examples of technologies changing our industry today—such as those offered by Micro Technologies, an AmerisourceBergen animal health company—as well as discuss how technology will continue to advance our industry’s future through cross-collaboration of various animal health stakeholders partnering together for the common good.

10:50AM

The tools that Guide Us to Enhanced Efficiency - Brian Houin, Homestead Dairy

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Brian Houin

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Why do we choose the technologies that we do, and how do we best adapt our management to use each technology so that, instead of becoming overwhelming, it helps us make sound decisions?

11:10AM

The Automated Dairy - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Steve Pretz, GEA

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Steve Pretz
Chad Carlson
Dennis Dynneson
Mark Shaw
Brian Houin

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Panel members left to right: Chad Carlson (Carlson Dairy LLP), Dennis Dynneson (Allflex/SCR), Mark Shaw (MWI), Brian Houin (Homested Dairy)

Transforming profitability and quality with automated technologies

A panel of industry experts breaks down the optimal applications for automated technologies around the dairy and how they are driving profitability and quality.

12:00PM

Lunch - Technology Tent is open

1:00PM

The Connected Worker - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Tyne Morgan, Host U.S. Farm Report

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Tyne Morgan
Becky Schley
Cathy Speirs
Mitch Fehr
Landon Fernandes

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Panel Members: Becky Schley (UW Agricultural Supervisor at UW River Falls), Kathy Speirs (Shiloh Dairy), Mitch Fehr (Riverview LLP), Landon Fernandes (Fernjo Farms)

Elevating dairy quality and efficiency by empowering the dairy workforce

Employee performance and retention, and dairy operational success, is directly linked to the connection between the worker and the mission of the enterprise. We will discuss the application of connected, mobile technology tools that allow the dairy worker to make decisions and improve performance of the dairy including mobile devices, gamification, process improvement, exception alerts and score carding.

1:30PM

Cow Comfort and your Team's Role in Dairy Sustainability - John De Jonge, Artex Barn Solutions

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John De Jonge

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The future of our dairies will be affected by the image we create today. Building a positive perception of the industry will require the best in building, cow comfort, data and workforce solutions.

2:00PM

Lessons Learned From the Introduction of AgTech into Row Crops - Fireside Chat with Mike Macrie, Land O Lakes CIO

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Mike Macrie

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Much like the dairy industry, row crop operations have benefited from the incorporation of greater intelligence into their operations in the form of apps, programs, mapping technology and data integration. One such solution, the R7(r) Tool from Winfield United, has already helped boost yields and helped farmers make smarter decisions from planting to harvest that have helped drive greater profitability. Hear from Mike Macrie, SVP & CIO with Land O' Lakes, on how farms across the country have implemented this technology and the lessons that have been learned in the process.

2:30PM

Break - Technology Tent is open

2:45PM

What do you care - about youngstock? Michael Chubb, General Manager SCCL

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Michael Chubb

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What is free, and what do you need to measure and manage most?

3:05PM

Additional value from calf data - how networking and analysis can support decisions - Dr. Tobias Nieschulze, Holm & Laue

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Dr. Tobias Nieschulze

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Good and relevant information is required at the earliest possible time to determine the best calves. New useful figures can be built if data from different systems can be aggregated in one technical system. By combining figures into a performance value, it becomes possible to assess, sort and select calves. A combination of this performance value and genetic information can improve the quality of selection.

3:30PM

Innovation Sessions (Gore Range Hall)

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Numerous innovation tracks regarding technology discussed during the conference, including The VAS Platform, DairyComp, ParlorComp, FeedComp, Pocket CowCard and further systems integration. Sessions lead by VAS Product Leads left to right: William Avila, Jackie Munson, Craig Lew, Jerry LaVoi and Mike Tinker, Robert Bushnell.

3:30PM

Technology Tent/Networking/Free Time

6:00PM

Dinner

7:00PM

Guest Speaker: Mike Rowe

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Mike Rowe

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Best known as the Creator and Host of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe worked as an apprentice on at least 300 difficult, strange, and often messy jobs, including a sheep breeder, garbage collector, and dairy farmer.

Wednesday, June 27

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8:00AM

Day 1 Highlights and Recap - Tyne Morgan

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Tyne Morgan

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Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com

8:15AM

Using Data to Decrease Antibiotics - Wins: Cows, Farms, Co-ops, and Public - Steve Eicker, VAS

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Steve Eicker

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Steve Eicker, VAS Co-founder, Educator & Strategic Advisor

9:00AM

The Optimized Dairy - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Paul Rapnicki, Elanco

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Brian Houin
Frank Cardoza
Chris Syzdel

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Panel members from left to right : Brian Houin (Homwatead Dairy), Frank Cardoza (Dairy Works), Chris Syzdel (Pagel's Ponderosa), Martin Moos (Gut Hohen Luckow) (No photo)

Driving dairy performance through enterprise intelligence and integration

This session brings together some of the top thought leaders in the dairy industry to discuss the core technological principles and best practices that help lower costs, increase production, alleviate labor challenges and improve the overall success of the dairy with technology already readily available on the market today.

10:00AM

Break - Technology Tent is open

10:30AM

Too Much of a Good Thing: Right Sizing Your Heifer Inventory Through Genomic Selection - Dr. Dick Wallace, Zoetis

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Dr. Richard Wallace

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This presentation will provide solutions for down¬sizing your heifer inventories to match the needs of a profitable dairy operation.
Using the same selection process for deciding which bulls will be used in the AI industry, dairies can keep the best and sell the rest. Variation in dairy heifer calf values makes it tough to sell these animals at a loss. Strategies for producing just the right amount of heifers will be discussed.

10:50AM

Genomics in Perspective - Paul Hunt, Alta Genetics COO

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Paul Hunt

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In the face of the increasing opportunities and complexity brought about by genomics, it is vital that dairy producers put it in the proper perspective. Understanding what type of decision opportunities that genetics represent for your herd and setting your genetic strategy accurately are a must for long-term success. At the same time, caution must also be taken to keep from making every decision a genomic one.

11:10AM

The Future Cow - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Molly Sloan, Global Training Program Manager, Alta Genetics

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Molly Sloan
Brandt Kruescher
Dr. Richard Wallace
Keith Vander Dussen
Paul Hunt

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Panel members: Brandt Kruescher (Allflex), Dr. Dick Wallace (Zoetis), Keith Vander Dussen (Sugarlane Dairy), Paul Hunt (Alta)

Accelerating genetic progress and herd performance

The driver to greater milk production resides within the cow itself. Explore how dairies today are improving cow health and performance through a greater understanding and implementation of genetic intelligence and selection.

12:00PM

Lunch - Technology Tent is open

1:00PM

The Sustainable and Transparent Farm - A panel discussion lead by facilitator Yoav Levsky, Allflex

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Yoav Levsky
Don Niles
Michelle (Shelly) De Pestel
Scott Thoms

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Panel Members from left to right: Don Niles (Dairy Dreams), Michelle (Shelly) De Pestel (Daley Farms), Scott Thoms (Plymouth Dairy Farms- Iowa)

Reducing waste, connecting to consumers and building faith in the global community

The public trust is critical to the success of any business or industry, but when it involves the land and public health in the way that dairy does, it invites added scrutiny. Dairymen and women are among the most passionate stewards of the land and animal health. This panel of dairymen and industry experts discusses ways to best ways communicate the good work of our industry with local communities and consumers.

1:30PM

How many hats you wear? Brian Rice, Rice Dairy LLC

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Brian Rice

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2:00PM

Transforming Big Data into Value: Put Data to Work for Your Dairy - Miel Hostens, MmmooOgle

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Miel Hostens

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Over the last few years, an abundance of data has been collected on dairies, going from raw milk records to high-tech sensor data and genomic information. During this talk we will dive into challenges and opportunities to transform this “Big Data” into concrete actions at cow and herd level.

2:30PM

Break - Technology Tent is open

2:45PM

Why a digital transformation of Dairy has little to do with technology? Brent Raeth, Catchmarkit

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Digital transformation in dairy is happening now, and it will continue to happen with or without us. Are you taking the necessary steps to make sure you are ready?

3:05PM

Understanding your cows in the Facebook era - Dr. Dan Weary, Professor at The University of British Columbia

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Dr. Dan Weary

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We live in a world where data is used by others to influence our decisions about the products we buy (and the politicians we vote for). We are also generating ‘big data” on many dairy farms, but in this case the data can be used to help us make better decisions about cow management. This presentation will review appropriate examples, discuss how such data can be used to better manage dairy cows, and point to areas where more work is required in sensor development and data integration.

3:30PM

Summit Wrap-up and summary - Tyne Morgan, U.S. Farm Report

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Tyne Morgan

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Summit Wrap up

3:40PM

Innovation Sessions (Gore Range Hall)

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Numerous innovation tracks regarding technology discussed during the conference, including The VAS Platform, DairyComp, ParlorComp, FeedComp, Pocket CowCard and further systems integration. Sessions lead by VAS Product Leads from left to right: William Avila, Jackie Munson, Craig Lew, Jerry LaVoi and Mike Tinker, Robert Bushnell.

3:40PM

Technology Tent/Networking/Free Time

6:00PM

Dinner

7:00PM

Entertainment – American Honey Country Band

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Band

American Honey is a highly sought-after country band, specializing in new country rock and old-time western, but is versatile enough to play many other styles such as classic country, honky-tonk, rock and roll, R &B, and even some bluegrass. (https://www.eventsindemand.com/american-honey-country-band/)

2018 Speakers

The speakers at the inaugural Connect Summit bring a wealth of knowledge from both the dairy and tech worlds to inform and inspire attendees to make positive changes in their dairy operation today. Learn more about some of our guests here before attending!

Tim Taylor

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Mike McCloskey

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Steve Eicker

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Chris Weaver

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Todd Meyer

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Steve Martin

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Mark Shaw

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Brian Houin

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Steve Pretz

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Dennis Dynneson

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Chad Carlson

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Becky Schley

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Mitch Fehr

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Cathy Speirs

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Landon Fernandes

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John De Jonge

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Mike Macrie

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Michael Chubb

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Dr. Tobias Nieschulze

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Jamie Zimmerman

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Paul Rapnicki

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Frank Cardoza

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Chris Syzdel

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Dr. Richard Wallace

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Paul Hunt

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Molly Sloan

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Keith Vander Dussen

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Brandt Kruescher

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Yoav Levsky

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Don Niles

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Michelle (Shelly) De Pestel

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Scott Thoms

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Brian Rice

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Miel Hostens

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Dr. Dan Weary

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Jerry LaVoi

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William Avila

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Craig Lew

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Jackie Munson

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Tyne Morgan

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