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Dairy Goat Herd Management Academy Presentations

Virtual Dairy Goat Academy Presenters and Topics

Full listing of presenters and topics for 2020 Academy Here!

Commercial Dairy Goat Production Topics

Keynote Presentation-Dr. Nikos Linardakis, M.D.

Dr. Nikos from the Bene Baby Company will be presenting on the future markets for goat milk and how his company is using goats milk to provide a nutritionally stable baby formula.

How to Evaluate Forage Quality Using a Forage Test

Do all those abbreviations on a forage test look like Greek to you? What does this information mean to you and your herd? Maybe you are not sure how to test your forage, or where to send it for analysis. This will be a basic discussion about forage quality, and how to evaluate your hay/forage using a forage test analysis that comes back from the laboratory.

Laura Kieser

Laura has been involved in the dairy industry for over 40 years and has had dairy goats in her life for nearly as long. She grew up on a dairy farm in upstate NY, earned a BS from Cornell University specializing in agriculture, Extension and Adult Education as well as Dairy Science. In 1999, Laura moved to MN to pursue a MS in ruminant nutrition from the U of MN. She then spent 10 years as an Extension Educator with U of WI Extension and U of MN Extension, followed by 4 years in the Farm Credit system. Currently she works with Dairyland Laboratories as an account manager. She routinely helps customers work through their forage testing options and expectations. She and her husband, Chris, raise Saanen dairy goats under the herd name Four Seasons Farm (FSF). They participate in all of ADGA’s performance programs via ADGA Plus (milk test, linear appraisal, DNA) and enjoy showing locally, regionally and nationally.

Animal Welfare Guidelines and Findings

Session will include a discussion of animal welfare guidelines and the findings from recent research and survey information.

Dr. J.K. Shearer DVM, MS

Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare Dr. Shearer is Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His primary areas of research interest are lameness and welfare issues of beef and dairy cattle. He is probably best known for establishing the Master Hoof Care Program, a training program designed to teach on-farm employees how to properly care for foot problems in cattle. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare and currently serves as Chair of the Food Animal Working Group of the AVMA’s Panel on Euthanasia.

Commonly Used Medications for Goat Farmers

Discover the most common medications for goats and the conditions they treat as well as how to use them properly.

Optimal Kid Raising

Learn the ins and outs of kid care from birth through weaning and beyond so kids can reach their maximum genetic potential.

Dr. Vicky Lauer

Graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011. She was in private practice at the Veterinary Clinics of Berlin-Ripon for over two years before joining Armor Animal Health in 2013. She works with multiple dairy cow and goat farms as well as beef producers throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Dr. Lauer has her own herd of Nubian dairy goats that she has been raising and breeding for over 10 years.

Successfully Navigating ADGA and Its Resources for Dairy Herd Improvement

Learn about American Dairy Goat Associations resources for Dairy herd Improvement and milk production records as well as navigation for their webpage.

Anna Thompson Hajdik

Anna grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. Along with her parents and sister Emily, Anna is also involved with managing the family’s herd of Alpines bred under the ‘Kara Kahl’ prefix. Anna obtained her judging license in 1998. Over the years, she’s had the opportunity to judge dairy goats in 32 states as well as the nation of Brazil. Anna loves evaluating beautiful animals, wherever they may be, and meeting enthusiastic, devoted breeders of the delightful dairy goat. She is also active in the American Dairy Goat Association and Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association. Anna currently serves as the co-chair of the Judge’s Training Conference committee for the American Dairy Goat Association, and is the Vice President of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association.

Farm Records

Explore best practices for farm financial records.

Jonna Schutte

Farm Business Instructor for SWTC who also owns and operates a dairy farm with husband and 4 children.

Automatic Kid Feeders

Learn from Larry Hedrich experiences using Automatic kid feeders on a large scale operation the benefits of automated kid feeding as well as tips on how to setup your kid feeding operation. Jim Fisher from Forester Technick will also address selecting your kid feeder and how to run an automatic kid feeder.

Performance Data and Your Herd

In this presentation I discuss how to interpret performance data and use that information in a successful breeding program. I will discuss the different performance programs available and how that information is used to identify superior animals. I will also go over what data goes into ETA’s and PTI’s, where to find those numbers and how to read a performance pedigree.

Hannah Templeton

My name is Hannah Templeton. I grew up in Orfordville, WI with a small show herd of Lamanchas and Toggenburgs. We attend local, state and National shows. We actively participate in milk test and linear appraisal. We have had the honor of breeding 11 Superior Genetic animals. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science in 2017. Right after graduation I started working at ABS Global where my role currently is the Dairy Data Specialist. In the beginning of 2020, I started a master’s program where I am pursuing a degree in Data Analytics. I currently live on my husband’s family dairy farm in Evansville, WI. In any spare time outside of work, school and my goats I help my husband on his family dairy farm.

Trouble Shooting a CIP Wash System

I will be discussing milk house design, how it works and trouble shooting of the CIP washing system on small ruminants milking parlors.

Prakash Singh

I am the CEO of Greenoak Dairy Equipment. We are milk machine manufacturers originally from the UK. 15 years ago we set up Greenoak Equipment North America to focus on milking small ruminants.

Dairy Goat Products

Goat Milk Soap Making and Swirling

This class will go over the process of making a cold process soap. We will go over the supplies and ingredients needed. I will also talk about some issues that can arise while making soap and how do deal with them.  I will be showing  a few different swirling techniques so that you can add color and design to your soap.  We will see the before, during, and end results of the soaps.

Susan Cox

I moved to WI in 2010 and I got my first dairy goats in 2012.  I breed, raise, and show Lamancha and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and with the goat milk that I get from my does I make goat milk soaps and lotions.  With that I have started my business of Impact Acres Lather N’ Lotions.

Making Aged Goat Cheese

Learn how to make aged goat cheese and the ingredients needed for this process.

Katie Hedrich

Former Cheese maker for LaClare Farms has one many cheese making awards with the top being her cheese  Evalon, being selected as the U.S. Champion in this year’s U.S. Championship Cheese Contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. The cheese is only the second goat’s milk cheese to win the biennial competition. Katie also is only the second woman to win the competition.

Your Role in Marketing

Each individual that raises goats is actually marketing their product. What role do you play in the marketing of your product? We will look at a variety of goat products, key points about marketing to the general public, and presentation of pairings.

Clara Hedrich

Clara and her husband Larry co-founded LaClare Family Creamery. Four of their five children were employed in the business at one point. Clara taught high school agriculture for 39 years. Currently at LaClare she does special events like goat yoga, cheese pairings and tours. She has had many experiences with marketing goat products to consumers and will share some of these experiences with you in this workshop. The Hedrichs have just built a kid raising facility in 2019 were they raise market kids and custom does.

Meat Goat Production

Fecal Egg Count And Parasite Management in Goats

Learn about goat parasites, factors affecting management in goats, and how to conduct a fecal float on your own goats. Bring your own manure sample if you would like to test your goats in the class.

Pasture Management

Learn about managing your pastures for the best production from your meat animals and for the best goat friendly Eco system. Cherrie has years of experience in this area with her own herd and will be a great resource to learn from!

Cherrie Nolden

Cherrie has managed pastured goats since 2008, has used her herd for brush control research as part of her MS degree in Agroecology at UW-Madison, and her PhD in Animal Sciences is focused on coccidia and roundworm GI parasites of grazing ruminants. She and her husband are growing their goat herd to 600 does and rotate them with horses, cattle, and other livestock in brush and pasture at their farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Raising Bucklings Profitably

Learn from Dan's experiences of his lifetime spent in the goat industry. Tips and tricks to raising bucklings for a profit and when to sell for best profit margins.

Dan Considine

Daniel received his B.S. in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin 1968. A 4-H project began his career breeding & raising purebred Toggenburg dairy goats in 1956. Currently he has 80 purebred, registered milking does - all bred and raised. He has bred many National Champions & several Sunshine bucks have proven out over the 90 percentile on the USDA proofs. Daniel’s dairy goat judging has taken him to all regions of the U.S. as well as Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Brazil. Daniel has presented management & type seminars in many states & countries. He built and operated a market of Grade A goats milk with distribution in eastern Wisconsin & Chicago area. This business was sold in 2009. His business also operates a marketing service for excess buck kids during the holiday seasons. He is involved in exporting hundreds of dairy goats annually to many parts of the world.

Farm Tours

Four Seasons Farm- Laura Kieser

Four Seasons Farm (FSF) Dairy Goats is located in Jordan, MN. We (Laura & Chris Kieser) raise Saanen dairy goats, with the goal of having a herd of consistent, hard-working, productive does, with larger more rugged body styles, who prove themselves over time with milk records, linear appraisal scores, progeny and in the show ring. We are members of the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA), the National Saanen Breeders Association, the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association (MDGA), and Minnesota Farm Bureau. We participate in many ADGA performance programs including the ADGA Plus program which means that our herd is on official DHIA milk test & participates in the ADGA linear appraisal program as well as DNA typing. We have worked diligently to improve our general appearance scores while still maintaining the strong body types we love so much. We attend shows locally and regionally from spring through fall and have shown at 4 ADGA National Shows since 2013. Within this virtual farm tour we will try to highlight the most common areas that others seem to be interested in within our farm. These include: raising youngstock, participation in ADGA performance programs – milk test, linear appraisal, etc., maintaining and sticking to a small herd size, managing a herd with two people and two full time jobs off the farm, as well as mentor-ship and the benefits of sharing info with friends.

Laura has been involved in the dairy industry for over 40 years and has had dairy goats in her life for nearly as long. She grew up on a dairy farm in upstate NY, earned a BS from Cornell University specializing in agriculture, Extension and Adult Education as well as Dairy Science. In 1999, Laura moved to MN to pursue a MS in ruminant nutrition from the U of MN. She then spent 10 years as an Extension Educator with U of WI Extension and U of MN Extension, followed by 4 years in the Farm Credit system. Currently she works with Dairyland Laboratories as an account manager. She routinely helps customers work through their forage testing options and expectations. She and her husband, Chris, raise Saanen dairy goats under the herd name Four Seasons Farm (FSF). They participate in all of ADGA’s performance programs via ADGA Plus (milk test, linear appraisal, DNA) and enjoy showing locally, regionally and nationally.

WDGA Producer Panel Discussing Out of Season Breeding on their Operation

Tom Considine and Wayne Greene

Certificate Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Southwest Tech Foundation at foundation@swtc.edu or 608.822.2362.

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