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Wednesday, June 15

Engage with industry in 1-on-1 networking sessions

Connect with attendees at the welcome reception with live entertainment

Seizing the Opportunity of the Internet of Cows
Kevin Muxlow – Chief Operations Officer, URUS Group

Hear a vision of connected cows and global supply chains.

June 15 events are for live attendees only.

Thursday, June 16

Healthcare R&D: Rob & Duplicate
Brad Papineau – VAS

Why running a hospital is like running a dairy and what we can learn from them. Brad will explore the parallels of patient and cow integrated care, digitization and great design.

Hear data and innovation stories in dairy agronomy

Capitalizing on Cover Crops
Brendon Blank, Certified Forage Specialist and Dairy Nutritionist

Conservation might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cover crops – but that’s just one benefit. Brendon Blank will share how he’s harnessing the power of cover crops for feed and forage production while capitalizing on the environmental benefits too.

Harness the Power of Worms and Cows To Change Regenerative Agriculture
Austin Allred – Royal Dairy

Austin Allred from Royal Dairy set out on a quest to make clean manure water and discovered new ways of generating profit by farming worms, soil, manure, and cows by embracing a regenerative ag system for dairy.

Panel – Breaking Down Silos Between Crops and Cows
Austin Allred
Royal Dairy
Brendon Blank
Byron Seed
Chris Clark
Cory Craig
Herrema Dairy LLC
Dave Smercina


Industry experts and farmers discuss what it takes to be a data innovator in agronomy.

Unlock beef-on-dairy opportunities

Beef-On-Dairy – Delivering the Ideal Carcass in the New Age of Beef
Blake Foraker, Ph.D. – Texas Tech University

Blake Foraker of Texas Tech University take us through the industry leading research on what consumers are saying about beef-on-dairy meat.

Dairy Sourced – Data Driven Beef Production
Dustin Hollermann – Riverview, LLP

Dustin Hollermann gives us in depth look at how Riverview, LLP has taken beef-on-dairy by the horns in their robust breeding program and how data is fueling the decisions they are making to grow the most profitable animal.

Panel – Learn How to Take Advantage of the Beef-on-Dairy Revolution for Your Operation
Brad Brundage
Trans Ova
Blake Foraker
Texas Tech University
Dr. Marissa Hake
Dustin Hollermann
Riverview Dairies
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Katie Martin
Allen Moczygemba
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Join our panel of experts as they discuss current beef-on-dairy trends and the future of this growing market. Learn about what you need to do to implement these new tools to drive your revenue.

Ignite with Innovative Dairy Technology Sessions

These sessions are quick data driven presentations on revolutionary up and coming technology in the dairy industry.

Next Level Milk Monitoring: Every Cow at Every Milking
Bethany DeshpandeCEO, SomaDetect

Using SomaDetect’s sensor technology, you can monitor health, reproduction, and nutrition from the milk of individual cows without any added chores nor costly reagents. The granularity of the data that SomaDetect gathers from milk is unparalleled. Using all this information, what can we do that we were not able to do before? Bethany Deshpande, CEO of SomaDetect, will share stories from the field as she discusses the adventure of developing new technology and the triumphs of using data to drive everyday decisions.

Manage Cow Health From the Inside Out With Cloud Based Bolus Technology
Stefan Scherer – Smaxtec

Learn how internal temperature and rumination sensing enable the farmer to detect critical diseases up to 4 days before clinical symptoms and therefore to treat conservatively heavily reducing antibiotic usage and improving herd health.

Improve cow management with cutting-edge technology

Optimize cow comfort and production by strategically stacking parlor technologies
Chris Szydel – Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy

How Pagel’s Ponderosa is using different technologies from multiple vendors to create a cow’s best life.

Panel – Technology is Revolutionizing the Way We Manage Dairies
Lucas Bokma
Bokma Dairy
Rodney Elliott
Drumgoon Dairy
Chris Szydel
Pagels Ponderosa Dairy
Dan Venteicher
Preston Vincent


Ask experts and farmers about about the rapidly evolving landscape of parlor and robotic technologies.

Learn about the future of dairy technology from within the technology ecosystem

The missing link to the dairy data ecoystsem
Josh Hushon – Head of North America Dairy Marketing, Cargill Animal Nutrition

The evolution of management and data within dairy has provided the industry with generational improvements in short periods of time. From changes in management, feeding and genetics to modern-day advances in cow behavior data and genomics, the dairy ecosystem has been the platform for astounding performance and efficiency gains. But, there is a missing link that is holding us back from the next generational improvement in our cows and herds. This presentation will discuss the missing link in the dairy data ecosystem and the power that is still a broken connection away.

Creating a Convoy of Tech to Help Your Dairy Hammer Down for Progress
Tara Bohnert – Commercial Business Development Manager, Nedap

Technology may be moving quicker than a zippy race car but that doesn’t mean farms have to get left in the dust if they don’t jump on the newest trend. In fact, forming partnerships with providers that have the combination of horse power and staying power to go to the long haul proves invaluable. Couple that with companies willing to work together in a collaborative, future minded approach and you’ve got yourself an unstoppable convoy.

Advancing Technology in Dairy Farming for a Brighter Future
Paul KoffmanNorth American Lead, Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Merck Animal Health

Advancements in Technologies for Dairy Farming and the adoption of these technologies move quickly. In order to do this, you must be able to scale them to the needs of your farm and provide pathways to continue to develop and evolve along with the needs of you and your farm in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Dairy Consulting Evolution through Data Technology and Innovation
Jenny DeMunck Senior Director GENEX+, GENEX

Technology is crucial for innovation-and innovation in technology is critical to innovation all across the globe. Why? It’s the forward evolution of technology that allows us to do more with less, improving the lives of our animals and our way of living as well as quicker and more accurate decision making. The key to innovative new technology today and for future generations is that it begins with collected data that has financial implications to most dairy operations. Industry consultants working with dairies using strategic proactive goal planning and monitoring through efficient data collection and automated algorithms drives our generations forward.

Panel – The Future of Dairy Technology
Paul Koffman
North American Lead, Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Merck Animal Health
Josh Hushon
Head of North America Dairy Marketing, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Tara Bohnert
Business Development Manager, Nedap
Jenny DeMunck
Senior Director GENEX+, GENEX
Dr. Paulo Loureiro
Allflex Livestock Intelligence Lead, Global Marketing, Merck Animal Health


Join us for an evening of entertainment aboard the General Jackson with Charlie Berens and other local Nashville music talent

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Charlie Berens
is an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, host, and creator of the Manitowoc Minute. In addition to sketch comedy and the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie also hosts Dark Side Of on Discovery ID.

Thursday evening event is for live attendees only.

Friday, June 17

Hear from next generation producers on their vision for dairy farming in 2070

Panel – The Next Generation of Dairy Farmers Prepares for the next 50 years
Evelyn Leubner
Maple Lane Farms
Kristyn Mensonides
Mensonides Dairy
Mike teVelde
Mira Farms
Traci van der Ploeg
The Milkshed
Jason Osterstock


This panel of young dairy producers tells a story of their farm in 2070, what challenges they see and have already overcome.

Learn from a sustainability and innovation leaders

Reimagining Dairy in a Greener World
Abhay NayakExecutive Vice President, Head of Accelerated Growth Businesses, Commercial Development & Strategy – Zoetis
Carbon as a Cash Crop: How Soil Health Practices can Boost Profitability for Dairy Farmers
Jason WellerPresident, Truterra, LLC
Panel – New Digital Tools Help to Tell Dairy’s Sustainability Story
Dr. Paulo Loureiro
Merck Animal Health
Abhay Nayak
Scott Sexton
Dairy.com by Everag
Jason Weller
Truterra, LLC
Tara Vander Dussen
New Mexico Milkmaid


Explore how new technologies can allow dairy farmers to reclaim their sustainability story using proven farm data.

Discover why Generation Z will fall in love with dairy

Panel – Using Social Media to Tell Your Seed to Cheese Story

Join this panel of social media influencers share how they are sharing their story across social media platforms to connect to consumers.

Dr. Marissa Hake
Tara Vander Dussen
Dan Venteicher
Annelise Wegner
Michelle Miller
Dairy’s Future Consumers: 2030
Eve PolletSenior Vice President, Strategic Intelligence, Milk Molecules Initiative Lead, DMI

We will take a look at the change that the next decade will bring and what that will mean for dairy’s future consumer. In this session we will examine the different cultural trends, forces and drivers that will shape dairy’s future consumers in the next decade and unpack what that means for dairy.


Adjourn at noon to begin your Nashville vacation

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