Looking to build your cows and people management skills? Then sign-up today for the “Dairying Duo,” herdsperson training scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12, in Arlington, Wis.
Developed by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Dairying Duo will include a one-day “Expert Cow Side Care” workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and a one-day “Mid-Management Matters” workshop on Thursday, Nov. 12. Workshop attendees can attend just a one-day workshop or pair the two together for a complete Dairying Duo.
During the Nov. 11 Expert Cow Side Care workshop, participants will rotate through five hands-on labs: transition cow management taught by veterinarians Dr. Chris Booth and Dr. Jeff Bleck, Kettle Moraine Large Animal Clinic, cow side technical skills taught by veterinarians Dr. Al Martens and Dr. Ralph Stowell, Waupun Vet Clinic; udder health, lead by Dr. Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison; locomotion scoring under the direction of Floyd Sutton, Great Lakes district manager for Zinpro Corporation; and emergency lame cow care taught by hoof care specialist Karl Burgi.
“Every lab will be extremely hands-on,” states Eric Hillan, a dairy producer from Ladysmith and vice president of PDPW. “Workshop attendees will work side-by-side trainers, use live cows and practice what they learn.”
The Nov. 12 Management Matters workshop will have participants capitalizing on their strengths while leveraging their ability to grow as a team leader or manager. Trainers Dr. Buck Joseph, The School of Business, UW-Madison, and Dr. Chris Hinrichs, Executive Education Department, UW-Madison, will outline manager/leadership styles as well as variables that help a manager know when and what style to use. And participants will practice their new skills and receive instant feedback.