Programs & Events

Transition Cow Conference

April 7, 8, 9, 2015; 9:30am-4:00pm | Appleton, Fennimore, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Exceptional attention to details in your transition cow program is the difference between surviving in the dairy business and your dairy business thriving. Take a day to fine-tune your transition cow knowledge and gather new insight that you can apply immediately. PDPW’s has gathered the industry’s dream-team on transition cow research and knowledge – making this one-day Conference a must attend if your business is dairy farming.

This one-day workshop is designed to help take cow management skills from excellent to exceptional. It is for dairy cow experts pursuing the latest research, insight and techniques for furthering transition-cow management abilities.

  • Dairy owners and herdspersons responsible for the transition cows
  • Dairy veterinarians
  • Professional dairy nutritionists

The PDPW Transition Cow Conference will be held in three locations:

  • April 7: Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N. Systems Drive, Appleton, Wis.
  • April 8, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, Wis.
  • April 9, Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center, 5872 3rd Ave., Eau Claire, Wis.

The PDPW Transition Conference is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 5.4 CEUs for this one-day Conference​The Conference has also been approved by ARPAS and attendees will receive up to 4.0 CEUs for this one-day Conference.

Dairy Facility Tour

April 14, 15, 16, 2015 |

JUST ANNOUNCED! DAIRY FACILITIES TOUR, WHERE YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF and hear from dairy owners. The tours are April 14, 15 and 16 and will feature calf, heifer and transition cow facilities of some of Wisconsin's finest and most practical and innovative dairy farms. It's your opportunity to see glean new ideas, network with fellow producers and find out what's working, what dairy farmers would improve and how these dairy facilities are enabling their calves, heifers and cows to reach their potential. 

  • Tuesday's northwest Wisconsin tour will have four stops: calf barn at Five Star Dairy, calf barn and auto feeders at Rusk Rose Holsteins, calf barn and transition cow barn at Four Mile Creek Dairy and calf hutches and barn at Busse Barron Acres. 
  • Wednesday's northeast Wisconsin tour will visit 3-D Dairy, heifer facilities and calf barn with auto feeders; J & J Pickart, calf facilities and transition cow barn; and Wayside Dairy, transition cow barn. 
  • Thursday's southeast Wisconsin tour will stop at Hilltop Dairy, heifer facilities and transition cow barn; Clover Hill Dairy, heifer facility; and Beck Dairy, transition cow barn. 

Dr. Nigel Cook from The Dairyland Initiative will be on the tour bus Wednesday and Thursday, sharing his expertise on dairy facilities. Each day's tour will start at and return to the same location. Check out the details, including registration cost, starting and ending locations and times on the flyer.

The PDPW Dairy Facility Tours are an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 6.3 CEUs (day 1), 5.1 CEUs (day 2), and 4.8 CEUs (day 3). The Tours have also been pre-approved by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) for up to 10.0 CEUs for attending all 3 days of the Tours.


2015 Youth Leadership Derby

April 18 - 19, 2015 | Waupun, WI, Wisconsin

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS......Ready for an amazing weekend?  Want to Dive-In, Dissect and Discover Dairy? How about a chance to meet Greg Peterson?  Greg and his brothers are known for their agriculture music parodies on YouTube!

Join PDPW for a two-day, overnight educational experience at Youth Leadership Derby! Youth Leadership Derby is for high school students like you - students wanting to dive into and explore future career opportunities.  With hands-on, lab dissection and exposure to diverse careers, you will see the opportunities agriculture has for you. Take the next step to grow your leadership, communication, technical and life skills.

Top Reasons YOU Should Attend:

  • Explore more than 20 dynamic agricultural, science and dairy industry careers.
  • Dissect alongside veterinarians and dairy experts at Hilltop Dairy.
  • Dig into your choice of sessions from sire selection, seed technology, social media advocacy, financial basics, dairy food science and more.
  • Get inspired by world-class key note speakers including YouTube Sensation Greg Peterson, from the Peterson Farm Brothers music parodies, and the energetic and engaging, Ed Slowikowski, who represented the USA at the 1987 Pan Am games and 1990 USA Track and Field Team in London England and who held the fastest college indoor mile (3 minutes 58 seconds) record in the nation in 1990.
  • Ask questions and learn as you talk with an Agriculture Career Panel
  • Connect and have fun with students with similar interests.
  • Take the next step towards your school and career goals.

This youth-focused, chaperoned event is designed for students between the age of 15-18.  Cost is $79/student.  Students are asked to bring a sleeping bag, towels for showering, and necessary toiletries. They will be sleeping on carpeted floors in the high school.  Participants are also strongly encouraged NOT to bring any valuables to this overnight event.  A parent signed waiver will be required of each participant.


Free Ride Share Locations Available: Eau Claire/Tomah OR Steven's Point/Portage

For more information please contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379 or at

2015 Barnstorming with PDPW

April 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21; 11:30AM- 3:00PM | See Flyer


We want to hear your ideas and find new ways to help fellow dairy farmers succeed. You must be a PDPW member to attend.

PDPW is hosting face-to-face meetings from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout and one tele-conference call at 1:00 p.m. on April 21 for our dairy farm members that are unable to attend in person.  Click the post card tab to view all dates and their respective locations.  

Join to enjoy a complimentary lunch and a listening ear. Hearing your input shapes program, and how PDPW serves your business, the next generation, and our industry.

If you, or a dairy farm member you know are interested in attending, we ask that you submit your online registration, call us at 800-947-7379 or email us at to secure your seat today.

Wold Class Webinar - "The Growing Years: Calf and Heifer Management"

April 29, May 20, June 17, 2015 Noon - 1:00 PM CDT | On-line

“The Growing Years: Calf and Heifer Management”

Wednesday, April 29 (register by April 22)

A good nutritional program for dairy calves is a critical part of raising healthy calves and growing productive and profitable dairy replacements. Feed quality, quantity and consistency in the first 60-days impacts health, development and future milk production. The subject of this webinar is the art of feeding calves. From feeding equipment to ration components, from feed preparation, to the delivery and disposal of feed refusals, we can improve health by limiting scours and other digestive problems like bloat and ulcers that are so common in pre-weaned calves.

 Wednesday, May 20 (register by May 13)


The goal in calf rearing is to produce as many number one replacement heifers as possible.  A number one heifer is a pristine individual with excellent growth and health giving her the greatest opportunity to express her genetic potential.  During this webinar, we will discover novel feeding and management methods to produce more number one calves and better understand why some calves fail to meet expectations. The importance of measuring birth body weight and weaning weight, calculating average daily gain, and recording health treatments will be covered. This data is very helpful in trouble shooting calf problems and finding ways to boost performance and lower costs. 


Wednesday, June 17 (register by June 10)

Heifer growth responses are not immediate and heifers are reared in different housing types under diverse climatic conditions getting a sense of “is this diet working” and can be challenging at best. Yes, dairy heifers require more or less dietary energy or protein based on size, season of the year and housing type but also knowing how dietary NDF effects heifer dry matter intake and subsequently effects heifer energy intake is invaluable.  This webinar will also discuss the hidden challenges of dairy heifer nutrition, such as how heifer pregnancy rate has a profound effect on formulating heifer diets.  We’ll also take a bounce around limit feeding strategies, formulating heifer diets for dietary phosphorus and strategies to cut dietary energy to avoid over-conditioning. 


 PDPW members register for $100 per session or save when you sign up for the entire series at $275.
Non-PDPW members can register at $125 per session or save when you sign up for the entire series at $350.

** If you have a date/time conflict, you can watch a fully recorded version at your leisure.
You must be registered to receive a recorded session.


Enhanced Internship Program

Year-Round | Wisconsin

Are you interested in making a difference for a student interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries?  Or, are you a student looking for that once in a life time opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge onto a dairy farm?  Now's the time!

The purpose of this program is to provide a platform and resource for collegiate-level students to partner with an active dairy producer in order to participate in an educational, hand-on, on-farm professional experience.  This program is limited to those interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries.

The internships are designed to be a win-win experience for both the host farm and student. This program tailors to all the needs of the student and mentor. Students should gain an array of experiences including: business management, special project and hand-on farm experience.

For additional information regarding the Enhanced Internship, or to learn more about PDPW, feel free to contact PDPW at or by phone at 1-800-947-7379.

Future PDPW Business Conference Dates

| Madison, Wisconsin

Have you attended PDPW Business Conference in the past?  Thinking about attending in the future?  Take the opportunity to be exposed to your industry's leading experts and most demanded motivational speakers.  Make connections and realize the greatest innovations our industry has to offer. Take all of your learnings back to your farm to increase efficiencies and overall profitability.

PDPW's premier educational event is the place to share best practices, build relationships with your peers and continue to grow your farms professional portfolio.  You won't be disappointed.

Future Dates:

  • March 18 & 19, 2015
  • March 16 & 17, 2016
  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018


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