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October 27-29, 2021 • Treasure Island Hotel • Las Vegas, NV

Welcome to the 2021 Amelicor Herd and Feed Management Conference

We're happy that we will be able to meet in person this year! We missed not having the conference last year and look forward to seeing everybody once again.

This year we will provide a virtual track for those that can't travel or for employees who simply can't get away. This track will include the general sessions and a variety of breakout sessions covering training in EZfeed, DHI-Plus, and EZweights. In addition, for every in-person registration, we'll give you two virtual passes for your people at home who usually wouldn't get to come!

The information below will guide you through this year's conference events and you can register at the bottom of the page.

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Conference Accomodations

Special room rate - $95
Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas

For your convenience, our meeting venue is also the place where you can reserve a room to stay for the extent of the conference. We have worked out a special price with Treasure Island for conference attendees, so rooms need to be reserved separately from the conference registration.

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 $32.

Reserve your room as soon as possible because as there are a limited number of rooms at the special conference rate. All rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and are cut off completely after September 25, 2021.

Sponsors

We would like to thank the sponsors of this year's Herd Management Conference. Their contributions are greatly appreciated because they help offset conference expenses and allow us to keep registration fees reasonable for attendees.

Sponsor This Year's Conference

This Year's Title Sponsor

Diamond V

This Year's Partner Sponsors

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 27th

  • Software Updates

    Consultants and others who bring in their laptop can get software updates.

    1:00 - 2:00 PM

  • Registration and Consultations

    Registration is open at the front desk.

    Do you have a challenge you want to work on? Amelicor is available by appointment for one-on-one consultations to work on your data.

    1:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 28th

  • Breakfast/Registration

    Registration is open at the front desk.

    Breakfast is served in the main ballroom.

    7:00 - 8:00 AM

  • General Session

    In the Main Ballroom

    8:00 - 9:50 AM

  • Break

    Refreshments served out by the front desk.

    9:50 - 10:15 AM

  • General Session

    The General Session continues in the Main Ballroom.

    10:15 - 10:55 AM

  • Breakout Classes: Session 1

    — Virtual Track: DHI-Plus
    — DHI-Plus: Introduction and Settings
    — EZfeed Office: Tracking Commodities
    — EZfeed Feeders: Loads
    — Data Analysis: DHI-Plus Analysis
    — DHIA: Procedures for DHIA in DHI-Plus

    10:55 AM - Noon

  • LUNCH

    Lunch will be served in the Main Ballroom.

    Noon - 1:00 PM

  • Breakout Classes: Session 2

    — Virtual Track: EZfeed for Office Staff - Rations, Ingredients, and Loads
    — DHI-Plus: Tools
    — EZfeed Feeders and Managers: Your feed team
    — Data Analysis: DHI-Plus reporting part 2
    — DHIA: Features used by Producers and Consultants

    1:00 - 2:45 PM

  • Break

    Refreshments served out by the front desk.

    2:45 - 3:15 PM

  • Breakout Classes: Session 3

    — Virtual Track: EZfeed/EZweights for Feeders and Managers - Feed Efficiency
    — DHI-Plus: Reproduction
    — EZfeed Office: Managing Inventory
    — Data Analysis: Feed intakes, cost, and efficiencies.

    3:15 - 5:00 PM

Friday, October 29th

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is served in the main ballroom.

    7:00 - 8:00 AM

  • Breakout Classes: Session 4

    — Virtual Track: EZfeed/EZweights Office Staff - Harvest Loads and back-office reports.
    — DHI-Plus: Data Integrity
    — EZfeed/EZweights Feeders and Managers: Managing Bunks
    — Data Analysis: EZfeed part 2

    8:00 - 9:50 AM

  • Break

    Refreshments served out by the front desk.

    9:45 - 10:15 AM

  • General Session

    A Case Study - Using tools beyond the basics to dig into the performance of your dairy and identify opportunities.

    10:15 AM - Noon

  • LUNCH

    Lunch will be served in the Main Ballroom.

    Noon - 1:00 PM

Breakout Class Descriptions

The virtual track will include a live presentation of the general session, as well as the following breakout sessions.

  • Session 1: DHI-Plus
    • Options and settings, data entry best practices, custom report tips, what's new in DHI-Plus, breeding/repro reports, and an Rx-Plus review.
  • Session 2: EZfeed/EZweights for Office Staff: Rations, Ingredients, and Loads
    • Adding ingredients and rations, Setting-up loads to deliver feed efficiently, and evaluating what was actually fed
  • Session 3: EZfeed/EZweights for Feeders and Managers: Feed Efficiency
    • Auditing your feed center, calculating shrink, and unnecessary fuel usage.
  • Session 4: EZfeed/EZweights for Office Staff: Harvest loads and back-office reporting
    • Setting up the harvest, auto-filling information, add new commodities, ticket printing, and reporting on what was done.
  • Session 1: Options and Settings
    • Introduction and DHI-Plus Settings
    • Pocket DHI-Plus / DHI-Plus Mobile
  • Session 2: Tools
    • Custom reports and Health Counts
    • Rx-Plus and Rx tools
  • Session 3: Reproduction
    • Reproduction reports
    • Preg rates
    • Genomics
  • Session 4: Data
    • Data integrity
    • Backups
  • Session 1: Commodities Coming In and Milk Going Out - Tracking Every Pound
    • Setting up deliveries in EZweights
    • Bulk tank imports
    • Income over feed costs
    • Weather imports
  • Session 2: Rations, Ingredients, and Loads
    • Adding Ingredients and Rations
    • Setting up loads to deliver feed efficiently
    • Evaluating what was actually fed
  • Session 3: Managing Inventories
    • Complete inventories
    • Benefits of the EZfeed mobile app to do inventories
    • Keeping inventories clean
    • Scaling into EZfeed
  • Session 4: Harvest Loads
    • Setting up the harvest
    • Auto-filling information
    • Add new commodities
    • Ticket printing
  • Session 1: How Are Your Loads Really Going?
    • Pauses, small ingredient handling, and tolerances - how they can hurt or help
    • Understanding gross change details
    • Using pen and ingredient history
    • Cleaning up unwanted data
  • Session 2: Winning With Your Feed Team
    • Successful team meetings
    • Using the quick summary page
    • Scheduling tasks
    • Creating the right report for each team member
  • Session 3: Feed Efficiency
    • Auditing your feed center
    • Calculating shrink
    • Unnecessary fuel usage
  • Session 4: Managing Bunks - Do You Like Slick Bunks?
    • Pen count accuracy
    • Managing refusal and feed changes
    • Benefits to the EZfeed mobile app to do bunk calls and inventories

An interactive and discussion-based class focusing on analysis tools in EZfeed and DHI-Plus and how to help your dairy producers be more profitable.

  • Session 1-2: Learn new concepts and training for Cohort Analysis, Breeding Analysis, and Rx-Tools.
  • Session 3-4: Concepts and training on Feed intakes, Feed cost per CWT, IOFC, Feed Efficiencies, Feed Inventories, Managing Shrink, and Bunk Management.

An interactive and discussion-based class focusing on the constants and changes in the industry.

  • Session 1: Review procedures in DHI-Provo software packages to enhance services provided by DHIA.
  • Session 2: Keep up to date on DHI-Plus/DHI-Plus Mobile/EZfeed/EZweights features used by dairy producers and consultants.

Conference Keynote Speakers

Gavin Staley

Gavin Staley, BVSc, MMedVet, DiplACT
Technical Service Specialist West, Diamond V

Dr. Staley will be joining our conference this year to talk about, "Why Productive Life Matters."

In his presentation, he will discuss the factors that affect the productive life of cattle and a plan to achieve the kind of productive life that will decrease replacement heifers and create more opportunity to capture more beef cross premiums.

At Diamond V, Dr. Gavin Staley provides technical and sales support to dairy producers, nutritionists, and feed manufacturers. He is based in Turlock, California.

Before joining Diamond V Dr. Staley spent five years on faculty at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction. Following that he entered the private sector, joining the largest commercial dairy practice in South Africa. Later Dr. Staley and his family emigrated to the United States where he joined a dairy practice in Wisconsin. He later relocated with his family to California in 2003 when he joined Diamond V.

Dr. Staley received his veterinary qualification and earned a specialized degree in reproduction (MMedVet) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also achieved Diplomate status in the America College of Theriogenologists (DiplAct).

Dr. Craig Manning

Dr. Manning will join our conference to talk about the human side of productivity. He will discuss the factors that affect human performance and how to be more aware for more progress in business and our personal lives.

Dr. Manning is a Human Performance Scientist and the bestselling author of The Fearless Mind. An Adjunct Professor of Performance Psychology at Brigham Young University for over fifteen years, he is also a Mental Performance Consultant for the University's athletic department. His clients include the Milwaukee Bucks, Red Bull High Performance, lululemon, US Ski and US Snowboarding teams, and a roster of companies and professionals around the world.

Dr. Manning has found the strongest correlation to high performance is Cognitive Control or Mental Strength. It is how well we use our mind that really matters. His Mental Strength Coaching unlocks human potential, by eliminating interfering variables thus maximizing your performance.

Dr. Manning has played tennis at both the Professional and collegiate levels. He has been a three-time Conference Coach of the Year at a Division 1 school while building it into a national Top 20 program, and he earned his Ph.D. at one of the elite doctoral programs in the country. Dr. Manning has experienced the highest level of human performance from the perspective of player, coach, and applied scientist.

After more than 25 years of research and application in the field of human performance, Dr. Manning has found that the key to success in athletic, business, or personal lives is in the application of critical skills. His methodology utilizes a scientific approach built around the natural laws of the mind to accelerate human performance.

Dr. Manning earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology from Brigham Young University, and a Doctorate in Performance Psychology from the University of Utah.

Craig Manning

Conference Registration

In-Person Registration - $399.00

This pass is for the first person from each company who attends in person.

Includes:

  • Live conference general events
  • Breakout training classes
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday

Each in-person ticket includes 2 virtual track event passes.

In-Person Add-on Pass - $369.00

This pass is for each additional person from the same company who attends in person.

Includes:

  • Live conference general events
  • Breakout training classes
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday

Each in-person add-on pass also includes 2 virtual track event passes. 

Virtual Track Pass - $75

Each in-person attendee will receive 2 virtual passes for free! Please give these to employees at home who can't attend!

The virtual track is new this year and includes the general sessions and select breakout sessions.

These select sessions will be available to watch on-demand after they are presented live during the conference.