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The Alta UK team hosted the pilot Dairy Manager School near Bristol, England May 23-25, 2016. Thirteen participants representing eight dairies from the UK and Italy were trained specifically on dairy reproduction in this school.
Dairy Manager School presenters and attendees:
L to R: Kate Blandford (UK), Diane Guitane (UK), Silas Cox (UK), Michael Cox (UK), Agostino Bolli (ITA), Jack Griffiths (UK), John Mann (UK), Jim Schuurmans (CAN), Dr. Paul Fricke (US), Umberto Marchi (ITA), George Murphy (UK), Bartele Verbeek (NLD), Matt Woolley (UK), Daniel Moon (UK), Tommaso Marchi (ITA), Alberto Rossi (ITA)
The three-day program featured world-class instruction in an intimate learning environment. Participants learned from top dairy reproduction experts and actively engaged in discussions to challenge conventional reproductive management practices and learn progressive, economically impactful strategies.
“This session was about formalizing your way on a farm, treating it more like a business, and I learned there are some things we can always tighten up in our repro management to do better,” said attendee Jack Griffiths, who manages over 900 cows in England.
The Dairy Manager School was created as a new branch to supplement the current AltaU training, which is a 5-day program covering a more diverse range of dairy management topics delivered in Watertown, WI. AltaU started in 2010, and has reached 292 participants from 26 countries through 21 sessions. The goal is to continue offering more 3-day, topic-specific programs for herd managers.
The next Dairy Manager School will be held October 17-19 in Bristol on Dairy Decision Making & Economics, featuring Dr. Greg Bethard from the US as the expert presenter.