2024 ADGA Convention Programming

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

Youth Program – all day

AASRP classes – All day


Afternoon General Programming

●      What to Expect in the First 5 Years: Common Challenges Faced by the New Goat Owner

●      Supporting and Encouraging Our Dairy Goat Youth: One Parent’s Perspective

●      Keeping Herd Numbers Low Without Sacrificing Quality: Strategies for Success

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

Youth Program – all day

AASRP classes – All day


Morning General Programming

●      CDCB (Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding) Fundamentals: Making the Most of This Data for Your Dairy Goat Herd    

●      The International Goat Research Center at Prairie View A &M: What it is and What it Does

●      Using Stock Dogs Effectively on Your Farm: One Breeder/Trainer’s Perspective

●      An Overview of ADGA Performance Programs: What They Are and How They Can Benefit Your Herd


Afternoon General Programming

●      The Basics of Ultra Sounding

●      The International Goat Research Center at Prairie View A &M: What it is and What it Does

●      Effectively Marketing Your Goat Milk Products: A Focus on Soap and Lotion

●      Kid Rearing Strategies: Maximizing Efficiency in Large and Small Herds Alike

●      Dairy Decisions: From Dreams to Profitability; Making it All Work Together


Evening Event – Youth Awards Banquet


MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

 

Morning General Programming

●      Farm Taxes 101: Best Strategies for Tracking Your Income and Expenses     

●      Focus on Sustainability: Reaping Benefits in Conservation, Management, and Outreach with Dairy Goats

●      Focus on Sustainability: Goat Dairying in an Age of Climate Change – Considering Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

●      Ag Lending 101: Important Considerations for Making Your Dream Farm a Reality

●      The Basics of Farm Insurance: Making Sure You Have the Right Coverage

●      Focus on Sustainability: Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate


Afternoon General Programming

●      Focus on Sustainability: Reaping Benefits in Conservation, Management, and Outreach With Dairy Goats (Encore Presentation)

●      Production, Type and Genetics: The Trifecta of Dairy Profitability

●      Focus on Sustainability:   Goat Dairying in an Age of Climate Change – Considering Environmental Impacts and Sustainability (Encore Presentation)

●      Updates on the Worldwide Goat Project from Nepal

●      Focus on Sustainability: Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate

●      Hot Topics in the Nigerian Breed: A Round Table Discussion


Evening Event – Welcome Dinner

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

Wisconsin Dairies Tour – All day


Morning General Programming

●      A Focus on Young Animals: Tips and Tricks for Selecting Replacement Stock

●      Age Progression Photography as One Strategy for Cultivating and Maintaining Herd Quality

●      Harvey Considine: His Enduring Legacy in the World of Dairy Goats

●      The Dairy Goat Industry in Mexico: Challenges, Opportunities, and What the Future Might Hold


Afternoon General Programming

●      Raising Dairy Goats in Germany

●      A Focus on Young Animals: Tips and Tricks for Selecting Replacement Stock

●      Age Progression Photography as One Strategy for Cultivating and Maintaining Herd Quality

●      Mastitis in Dairy Goats: The Latest Research in Prevention and Treatment

●      International Perspectives on the Dairy Goat Industry – Past, Present, Future: Australia, Germany, Mexico, & the Netherlands 

●      Create Your Own Goat Ornament: A Felting Workshop


Evening Event – Bucks and Brews Event (BYOB) and Vendor Showcase After Hours

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

 

Morning General Programming

●      Artificial Insemination (AI) in Goats: Introduction and Preparing Your Herd     

●      Soap Making Workshop

●      AI in Goats: Goat Reproduction, Synchronization, Semen Quality, and Heat Detection

●      Photographing Your Dairy Goats for Fun, Promotion, and AGvocacy

●      AI in Goats: Mechanics of AI and Equipment Needs

●      How to Put on a Successful ADGA Sanctioned Show: Tips and Tricks for Success


Afternoon General Programming

●      Hands-On Artificial Insemination Workshop: Handling the Reproductive Track, Semen Tanks, and Practicing AI

●      Goat Milk Lotion Making Workshop

●      Managing Your Farm Risk

●      Preventing and Solving Common Kidding Problems

●      Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE): Strategies for Prevention, Management, and Eradication 

●      Prepare Your Farm for the Future: Transition and Succession Considerations

●      Art, a Beverage, and Sparkling Conversation! A Paint and Sip Afternoon


Evening Event – International Reception: An Informal and Fun Celebration Honoring Our International Attendees

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

***Spotlight on Commercial Producers Programming Day***


Morning General Programming

●      Linear Appraisal Workshop

●      Employee/Employer Expectations in a Commercial Dairy Operation

●      A Look at the Future of Goat Disbudding: New Perspectives and Key Innovations

●      Production, Type and Genetics: The Trifecta of Dairy Profitability

●      Effectively Managing the Dry Doe in a Commercial Setting

●      Extended Lactations as a Key Strategy for Dairy Profitability

●      Dairy Decisions: From Dreams to Profitability, Making it All Work Together


Afternoon General Programming

●      Lending Options for the Modern Dairy Goat Producer

●      A Virtual Tour of LaClare Creamery

●      Sire Selection Roundtable

●      Formulating the Perfect Dairy Ration: What Factors to Consider

●      The Milk Parlor and Show Ring: What Can a Commercial Producer Gain from Showing Goats – Three Perspectives –

●      An Overview of the Dairy Goat Management Program at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin

●      “It’s Ok to not be Ok:” Mental Health on the Farm


Evening Event – International Reception: Products Reception and Art Auction


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

Morning General Programming

●      ADGA Type Conference

●      Best Practices to Reducing Risk to Visitors at Agritourism Venues

●      The Promise and Pitfalls of Agritourism with Dairy Goats: A Roundtable

●      Forage Evaluation for Milk Production: Maximizing Milk and Component Yields Through Selection and Testing

●      The Challenges and Opportunities of Owning a Farmstead Creamery

●      Before Kidding, After Kidding: Effectively Managing Your Does in a Time of Transition


Afternoon General Programming

●      Why It’s Important to Tell the Story of Agriculture: An Agricultural Communications Round Table

●      Virtual Tour, Calumet Goat Company (formerly Drumlin Dairy)

●      Judges Round Table: A Candid Q & A

●      Breeder’s Roundtable: A Spotlight on Longtime ADGA Breeders 


Evening Event – International Reception: Banquet, Awards, and Spotlight Sale


(Classes subject to change depending on speaker availability)