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Wednesday, June 15 | 2:00PM – 10:00PM

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.

Thursday, June 16 | 7:00AM – 10:00PM

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

Why running a hospital is like running a dairy and what we can learn from them.

Hear data and innovation stories in dairy agronomy

Bad ain’t necessarily bad: Transform accidents into innovation
Stratton Kraft – Kraft Family Dairy

Stratton Kraft of Kraft Family Dairies in Fort Morgan, Colorado explains how an accident in planting cover crops proved to be a lesson for systematizing future innovation and how following data has proven to reap greater profits.

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
Chris Clark
AgSource Laboratories 
Stratton Kraft
Kraft Family Dairy
Ben Sloan
EFC Systems
Dave Smercina


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

Unlock beef-on-dairy opportunities

Building a Beef-on-Dairy Genetic Index to Drive Profit
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.

Unlock the Potential of Beef-on-Dairy from a Meat Perspective
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.

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.

Bethany DeshpandeCEO, SomaDetect
Enabling Cows To Talk About Their Health
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

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

Chris Szydel (Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy)
Dan Venteicher (@iowadairyfarmer.com)
Moderator: Preston Vincent (VAS)

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.

Dr. Paulo Loureiro
Allflex Livestock Intelligence Lead, Global Marketing, Merck Animal Health
Josh Hushon
Head of North America Dairy Marketing, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Paul Koffman
North American Lead, Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Merck Animal Health
Jenny DeMunck
Senior Director GENEX+, GENEX

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.

Friday, June 17 | 7:00AM – 12:00PM

Bicycle R&D: Rob & Duplicate
Ralf  de Haan – Pon Data Labs

Parallels in inventory between the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer is like running a dairy and what we can learn from it.

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
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

Abhay Nayak – Executive Vice President, Head of Accelerated Growth Businesses, Commercial Development & Strategy – Zoetis
Taking Back the Carbon Narrative
Jordan Kraft-Lambert – Vice President, Business Development – VAS

All dairy farmers are carbon farmers learn to speak the language of carbon to advocate for your interests.

Panel – New Digital Tools Help to Tell Dairy’s Sustainability Story
Dr. Paulo Loureiro
Allflex Livestock Intelligence Lead, Global Marketing, Merck Animal Health
Abhay Nayak
Executive Vice President, Head of Accelerated Growth Businesses, Commercial Development & Strategy – Zoetis
Scott Sexton
Dairy.com by Everag
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
New Mexico Milkmaid
Dan Venteicher
Annelise Wegner
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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