October 24-26, 2018 • Treasure Island Hotel • Las Vegas, NV

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Conference Accommodations

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
Hotel Rooms $80

Reserve your room by September 28th to take advantage of the group rate! After September 28th the group rate won't be guaranteed.

The hotel rooms contain two queens or a king with approximately 400 sq. feet. Rooms offer pillow-topped mattresses, wireless internet, and a small refrigerator. In addition to the room rate, there is a daily resort fee of $35.

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Jordan Leak
Jordan Leak
Operations Manager for Aardema Dairies

Jordan Leak is the Operations Manager at the Aardema Dairy Group in Jerome, Idaho. Jordan says their company really has a passion for cows. When Genomics came out as a tool, it helped them see the work that they had been doing was really paying off. Their company formed Twin Ridge Genetics after a decade of serious work with genetics and has helped them sale superior genetics all over the world.

His message will focus on progressive genetics and how careful attention in that area will lead to great progress.

Dr. Louis Neuder
Louis M. Neuder, D.V.M.
Director and Chief Veterinarian at Green Meadow Farms and Associate Professor at Michigan State

Dr. Lou Neuder graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and after many followed through with his passion for student training and opened the Training Center for Dairy Professionals (a partnership between MSU, Green Meadow Farms, and private industry).

Dr. Neuder will be speaking to us about the use of NEFA testing as an indicator of fresh cow health problems, some interesting data concerning milking routines, milk let-down, and potential sources of unharvested milk, and some misconceptions about automated calf feeders with some interesting data about those misconceptions.

Sean Haynes
Sean E. Haynes
Co-founder of AgriCFO

AgriCFO was co-founded in 2015 by Sean Haynes in response to the changing financial landscape of Agribusiness, with the belief that to survive, agriculture based businesses must be able to analyze and communicate their financial health, gain access to adequate capital, and have a comprehensive risk management plan.

Sean brings his extensive ag experience and financial expertise to focus on agricultural financial data - specifically on measuring performance with benchmarks and evaluating risk.


Wednesday, October 24th

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Software updates for Consultants and others who bring laptop computers

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Registration and individual one-on-one consultations by appointment

Thursday, October 25th

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

General Session

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Classes (see breakout descriptions)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Classes (continued)

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Classes (continued)

Friday, October 26th

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Classes (continued)

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Classes (continued)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

End Conference

Breakout Classes

Sharpen your skills within DHI-Plus and the many data analysis tools within this powerful software program.

  • DHI-Plus
    • Inventory and Finance Projections—More accurately project your future cow numbers, milk production, income and expenses, and profit margin. Do "What if?" analysis as you make important business decisions.
    • Become more efficient with data entry, analysis, and custom reports.
    • Data analysis tools—Cohort analysis, breeding analysis, and events analysis.
  • Pocket DHI-Plus and RFID
    • Bring efficiency to your operation with this money-saving tool.
    • Learn how to use RFID for a vet check, shots, vaccinations, inventories, and more.
    • Calving/Enrollment module available. Record Calving data and assign RFID to a calf at time of calving. QuickID Task for assigning Bangs/Vaccination tags.
  • Rx-Plus and Rx-Tools Drug Tracking modules
    • Learn the Rx-Plus tools that help keep you in compliance with FDA record-keeping regulations, including demonstrations and detailed instructions.
    • Pocket Rx-Plus Drug Tracking—Record vital drug-treatment records cow side.
    • Enhance the ability of your dairy to properly care for your animals.
  • DHI-Plus Mobile Service
    • Make informed decisions anywhere, anytime.
    • Real-time data look-up from your DHI-Plus computer via the Internet, smartphone or tablet.
    • Use on many different devices:
      • Apple iPhones and iPads
      • Android phones and tablet computers
      • Windows phones and tablet computers
      • Laptop and desktop computers via an internet browser
    • View a number of DHI-Plus and EZfeed® reports right from your smartphone or tablet computer. Drill down to more detail in the subsections like Vital Statistics, Breeding, etc.
    • Enables multiple authorized people to use the service including dairy personnel, consultants, veterinarians, etc.
  • Genomics
    • Learn how to utilize genomic data in DHI-Plus for sorting and ranking animals.
    • Find out how to get genomic data automatically brought into your DHI-Plus data for individual animals.

Emphasis on the feeding process

  • Learn how to Analyze Feed Center Efficiency & Shrink.
  • Focus on profitability and bottom line. What changes make a difference to your profitability?
  • Setting up of Pens / Classifications / Grouping / Capacity / Cattle Values / Scale Effects.
  • Ration Setup - Premixes—Scenarios.
  • Organizing Ingredients, naming schemes, inventory costs, pens, sorting options, grouping - Ingredient History, scale effects.
  • Learn how to enter, import and organize data, to efficiently summarize your information.
  • Create and modify reports/graphs and summaries, automate functions, and interface with other programs.
  • Effectively track Inventories and Shrink, setting benchmarks for success.
  • Evaluating Actual Information—Where does the Actual feed information come from? Ingredient values and changes—Where do they come from?
  • Feed System Automation.
  • Bunk Management.
  • Importing bulk tank and weather data.
  • Feeder evaluations and what makes a difference.
  • Troubleshooting hardware issues for Pocket PCs, radios, and antennas

Emphasis from within the office

  • Learn how to manage inventories.
  • Record deliveries, and reconcile and adjust inventories.
  • Setup feed contracts and track delivery of contracted feed ingredients.
  • Editing load values, applying additional information, and tracking historical changes.
  • Setting up and organizing Incoming and Outgoing Commodities in EZweights and other items.
  • Setup and handling of crops, fields, acreage, owners, harvesters, and other details with harvests.
  • Organizing Ingredients, naming schemes, inventory costs, pens, sorting options, grouping - Ingredient History.
  • Learn how to validate and evaluate data going across your scale coming in and going out.
  • Effectively track Inventories and Shrink, setting benchmarks for success.
  • Evaluating Actual Information—Where does the Actual feed information come from? Ingredient values and changes—Where do they come from?
  • Feeder evaluations and what makes a difference.
  • Usage and inventory reports.
  • Building and customizing reports.
  • Exporting data

For Consultants and Producers

  • An interactive and discussion-based class focusing on analysis tools in EZfeed and DHI-Plus and how to help dairy producers be more profitable.
  • Learn new concepts and training for Cohort Analysis, Breeding Analysis, and Rx-Tools.
  • Concepts and training on Feed intakes, Feed cost per CWT, IOFC, Feed Efficiencies, Feed Inventories, Managing Shrink, and Bunk Management.

For Managers / Labs / Technicians

  •  interactive discussion-based class focusing on the constants and changes in the industry.
  • Review procedures in Amelicor software packages to enhance services provided by DHIA.
  • Keep up to date on DHI-Plus/DHI-Plus Mobile/EZfeed/EZweights features used by dairy producers and consultants.


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