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Central Plains Women's Conference

A date for the next conference has not been determined yet.  Below is the agenda from the 2013 conference.  If you have suggestions for the next conference, email kathy@centralplainsdairyexpo.com.

Nov. 18-19, 2013

ClubHouse Hotel and Suites

2320 S. Louise Ave. - Sioux Falls, SD

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
1 p.m.         Discover Your Winner Within -- Holly Hoffman, cast member "Survivor, Nicaragua," Eureka, S.D.

3 p.m.         Business and Leadership Opportunities and Challenges For Women In Dairy -- Christine Sukalski, Reiland Farms, LeRoy, Minn. Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health

5:30 p.m.    Social/Dinner. Sponsored by Vallley Queen Cheese

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
8 a.m.         Dairy Finances: Digging Deeper For Profit and Security – Kari Schuiteman and Katie Wieringa, CPAs, Van Bruggen and Vande Vegte, Orange City, Iowa; and Vicki Ray, Farm Credit Services, Omaha, Neb.

9:30 a.m.    Calf Management: New Things You Can Do To Get Them Off To A Good Start – Linda Tikofsky, DVM. Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.

11 a.m.     Affordable Health Care Act: Options For You, Your Dairy & Your Employees – Anne Bain, Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

12 a.m. Luncheon

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About some of the speakers

Holly Hoffman
Holly Hoffman is a Eureka, S.D., rancher, motivational speaker, author of Your Winner Within and was on the reality TV show “Survivor: Nicaragua.” Holly encourages people to take advantage of opportunities that come their way. “Never let the odds keep you from doing something that you want to do,” Holly says. “When you tell yourself you can and you use your inner strength ... you can do anything in life you set your mind to.”

Christine Sukalski
Christine is a partner in and the dairy manager of Reiland Farms LLP, LeRoy, Minn., a family farm partnership. Christine manages the dairy herd of 400 milking cows and 300 heifers. Her brother and business partner, Scott Reiland, manages the 1,500 acres of cropland. The dairy herd consistently ranks in the top 10 herds in Minnesota for average milk production per cow and Christine has earned “Producer of the Year” recognition from both Minnesota Milk Producers Association and National Dairy Shrine and she has received an Excellence Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Under her management, the dairy has grown from 40 cows supporting one family to 400 cows supporting three families as well as 13 employees. Christine is currently president of the Mower County American Dairy Association and past president of the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance. She serves as a unit delegate of Land O’Lakes and on dairy promotion boards at the state, regional and national levels. She has been a founding member of two dairy farmer peer groups; one specifically for women in the dairy industry. Christine does public speaking to educate consumers about everything that is right with U.S. agriculture, and especially, the dairy industry. Her goal is to help consumers realize the passion, care and commitment U.S. farmers put into producing food from land and livestock and, ultimately, to give consumers confidence in all their food choices. She also brings a unique perspective on the dairy industry being a woman in a male dominated industry that is built mostly on females all the way from the cows to the consumers. Christine and her husband, Troy, have three children ages 16, 14 and 10.

Linda Tikofsky, DVM
Dr. Linda Tikofsky received her DVM from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship at the University of Illinois, she was in practice in upstate New York, prior to joining Quality Milk Production Services at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University. In her role there as a Senior Extension Veterinarian, she consulted with dairy producers and veterinarians on issues surrounding udder health and milk quality in cattle and small ruminants. Her responsibilities also extended into research on antimicrobial resistance in mastitis pathogens and educating future dairy veterinarians. In March 2010, she joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a Professional Services Veterinarian, Cattle. She currently lives in Trumansburg, N.Y.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Bel Brands USA
Land O’ Lakes Purnia Feed

Associated Milk Producers, Inc.

Bayland Building
Dairy Farmers of America
DMI - Diesel Machinery, Inc.
Elanco Animal Health
Farm Credit Services of America
Kunafin “the insectary”
Midwest Livestock Systems, Inc.
Perdue AgSolutions LLC/Venture Milling
Valley Queen Cheese



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