Minnesota DHIA member meetings are scheduled for 75 minutes and start with a 15-minute business meeting to include director nominations for south-central, southeast, and metro districts and annual meeting delegate nominations, then brief announcements. This will be followed by the featured speaker. Attend one or all! Consultants and allied industry are encouraged and welcome to attend.
February 15, 2024 – 12:30 PM
"What's new" mini-series
Three speakers are welcomed in to give a high-level overview of their projects related to collection and use of milk recording data followed by a group roundtable Q&A. Topics include (a) Initiatives of National DHIA, Dave Scapanski, President MN DHIA and Secretary NDHIA, (b) Research and development of genetic evaluations, Katie Schmitt, CDCB, and (c) HerdHQ: Intro to a new web-based platform for on-farm management that does not require on-farm software, Pat Baier, DRMS
February 20, 2024 – 12:30 PM
Ongoing Research at Morris
Brad Heins, Professor, University of Minnesota WCROC, Morris
Brad specializes in applied research in many areas of dairy cattle management, especially organic and grazing systems, housing, genetics, and energy use for dairies. His new projects will be reviewed here.
February 21, 2024 – 12:30 PM
Mental health on the farm
Ted Matthews, Director of MN Rural Mental Health, MN Dept of Agriculture
Ted is a mental health practitioner with over 30 years of experience in counseling in rural areas. He has extensive counseling experience in the areas of PTSD, crisis intervention, family issues, suicidology and domestic abuse. Ted’s focus has been farmer mental health support and he is the local expert who farmers across the state call with a question about mental health or suicide.
February 28, 2024 – 12:30 PM
Genetic evaluation of mobility and hoof health
Gerard Cramer, Associate professor, Dept of Vet Population Med, Univ. of Minnesota
Gerard’s research focus is to develop and evaluate safe and effective prevention and intervention strategies for common foot diseases. He is the research lead on a grant with CDCB to aggregate observations from mobility camera and hoof health records provided by farms to create a pipeline for genetic evaluation of hoof health and on-farm hoof health management tools.
February 29, 2024 – 12:30 PM
Dry-off and selective dry cow therapy best practices
Luciano Caixeta, Associate professor, Dept of Vet Population Med, Univ. of Minnesota
Luciano’s research interests include important considerations for the dry period, including blanket vs selective dry cow therapy, teat sealant, considerations for high-producing cows prior to dry-off, and grouping strategy.
March 8, 2024 – 12:30 to 1:30 PM
March 13, 2024 – 12:30 to 1:30 PM
DART user’s webinars
Kas Ingawa, DRMS
DART webinars (separate from the Member meetings series) are being organized. A few basic topics will be covered such as event entry, setting up protocols, changing cow information, & building reports. A substantial amount of time will be devoted to addressing your specific questions.
REGISTER TODAY for one or several webinars by emailing Nancy Zander at NancyZ@mndhia.org and she will email you the Zoom link prior to the meeting.