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The first of its kind.

Dairy producers and advisors working with all types, sizes, and breeds of dairy herds were invited to the first of its kind Data and Innovations Summit (DIS) held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention. The summit was an in-person (only) event June 30, 2022 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The DIS will feature dairy industry leaders who will share how data gleaned from the many innovations used on today’s dairy farms can be better utilized to help maximize efficiency, results and profitability. Attendees will hear key considerations for implementing new technologies or data systems, discussion from data industry leaders who work to utilize multiple data sources, as well as from producers using data innovations.



Come and learn. There’s no doubt, data and technology are a fast-growing part of the dairy industry, and for good reason. The continued pressure to improve, be better, more efficient and/or sustainable—or however you measure success—will continue to challenge and change how the dairy industry operates. An important realization is that data and innovations of all sorts can help meet those opportunities.


The value-packed agenda was built by producers, with all dairy producers in mind—regardless of size, breed, commercial or registered—along with their advisors in the industry.  College-age students interested in a future career, farming, or consulting, and/or looking to get a head start for dairy challenge contests, are welcome.


The DIS is truly U.S. dairy producer focused with objectives which include:

  • To learn and hear ways to improve utilization and management of existing data on dairies of all sizes, including the potential for data to aide in new decision-making on dairies (from individual cow data to herd-based decisions)

  • To foster a learning environment for dairy producers of all sizes to learn about relevant data and technology innovations that are either currently available, or look ahead to meet future dairy producer needs.


The DIS will provide attendees with many immediate and practical take-homes actions, and thought-provoking ideas from four speakers, two panels, and over a dozen technology spotlights. All for only $25, which includes a hot lunch!


For more information about the speakers and panelists, click here.

Technology spotlights will include information regarding these data systems:

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Spend time learning from exhibitors in the trade show with their technologies, and earn a chance to win in a $500 raffle!

  • Holstein Association USA Annual Meeting begins, kicking off with a research panel!

3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Additional Sponsored Data and Technology Seminars

  • Allflex Livestock Intelligence: “Beyond Heat Detection - How Monitoring Technology Helps Maximize Labor Efficiency, Automation, and ROI,” by Sarah Anderson

  • Balchem: "Epigenetics: What Does It Mean for Your Herd Today, Tomorrow and Beyond?" by Glen Aines 

  • Cainthus: “FEED, LABOR, HERD - How computer vision helps you drive efficiencies on your dairy,” by Barb Petersen

  • CATTLE EYE: "Computer Vision - The new Frontier in Precision Farming." by Terry Canning

  • Cow Manager: “Maximizing the ROI with Better Utilization of the CowManager Nutrition module,” by Wilfried Reuvekamp

  • Hydrogreen: “Automated Vertical Pastures for Generational Sustainability,” by Dan Schmidt

  • iYOTAH Solutions: "Putting All The Pieces of Your Dairy Data Puzzle Together," by Kari Spaan 

  • Neogen: “Sort. Select. Succeed: Using Genomic Data to Drive Progress,” by Anthony Ling

  • Select Sires: “Tools to Increase Cow Longevity and Herd Profibility,” by Lyle Kruse, Jeff Ziegler, and Kevin Jorgenson

  • Soma Detect: “SomaDetect: A New Technology to Help Dairy Farmers Make Smart Decisions,” by Roger Saltman

  • VES-Artex: “Smart Barn Technology at Your Fingertips,” by Mark Doornink

Immediately following the seminars, the following events take place at the nearby Military Heritage Alliance Center:

  • Social hour and cash bar: Socialize with fellow dairy producers and industry friends, and utilize your free drink tickets acquired from DIS exhibitor booths!

  • Pre-Sale Dinner with Cattlemen's style steak sandwich dinner: purchase your ticket through the registration link on the home page for this delicious meal!

  • National Convention Sale: Following the dinner, the national convention sale takes place. High genomic, deep pedigree and high type animals will be sold.


June 29, starting at 6:30 a.m. - Farm Tours

  • Many farms on our host day tours utilize farm technologies. Learn more about them here!


June 29, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - "If I Can": A Meaningful Message and Midwest Meal featuring Chris Koch

  • Ticketed event for juniors and adults. Tickets can be purchased through the registration link on the home page!

Check out the entire agenda of National Holstein Convention events and tours for Junior Holstein Association members and the entire family!



The DIS is approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations:


This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

This program has been approved by ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) for 5 CEU credits.

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