Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is partnering with the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) to educate dairy leaders through the 2010 Leadership Program. Developed in 2009, the program provides education and leadership-development training for leaders in the dairy calf and heifer business.

“We are pleased to be the official sponsor of the DCHA Leaders Program,” says Rick Cozzitorto, U.S. dairy marketing manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. “The challenges facing today’s dairy and calf producers are many. As an ally of dairy calf and heifer growers, we are committed to supporting our customers as they face economic, environmental and public relations challenges. We believe that by providing educational, professional development and networking opportunities, we can help industry leaders effectively navigate the challenges they face.”

The 2010 Leadership Class attended the DCHA Conference held in Lexington, Ky., in March, and participated in training programs with the DCHA board of directors. Participants also will attend the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., and serve on a DCHA committee this year.

Leadership programs address a range of topics, ranging from presentation training and how to work with the media to time management and conflict resolution. The Lexington leadership training focused on conflict resolution and was led by Lisa Morgan, a trainer and consultant based in the host city.

“The leadership program plays a vital role in the continued growth and success of the organization and development of future leaders,” says Bob Patrick, D.V.M., DCHA first vice president from Eatonton, Ga. “Participants in the program are exposed to the workings of DCHA and learn valuable skills that should bode well for future involvement with the organization at the committee and board levels.”

Leadership Class Members

The participants represent several regions of the country and include:

Katie Carpenter manages Plato Brook Farms, in Arcade, N.Y., where she raises more than 800 calves and heifers and manages the transition program for a 1,500-cow dairy. Katie received a degree in animal science with a dairy concentration from Cornell University in 2004. She serves as a delegate for Genex Cooperative and with her husband, Josh, participates in the Cornell Young Farmer Profit Group and is active in 4-H and church activities.

Jeff Cornwell owns and operates Clover Ridge Dairy in Lawndale, N.C. He milks 110 Holsteins, raises 85 calves and heifers and farms 200 acres of corn silage, small grains silage and hay. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2003 with a major in ag business management and minor in animal science. He also received a master’s degree in reproductive physiology from Virginia Tech in 2005. He is a board member of the North Carolina Dairy Producers Association.

Matthew London, Cleveland, Ga., farms with his father and grandfather on London Farms. They raise 1,200 calves and heifers for dairy producers in Georgia and Florida. Matt serves as the herdsman and focuses on record-keeping and reproduction. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in dairy science from the University of Georgia in 2008 and is pursuing a master’s degree in dairy science. As an undergraduate, Matt served as president of the Dairy Science Club and coaches the dairy judging team with Dr. Bill Graves. He also participates in the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Program.

Amy Shiplett owns and operates Bon-Home Livestock in Chilton, Wis., with her mother and husband, where they custom-raise 1,000 calves and heifers for local dairy farms. They farm 550 acres of corn, alfalfa and winter wheat. Amy is involved in all aspects of the operation, with her main focus on the calves. Amy was born and raised on a dairy farm and worked for 13 years off the farm as a quality supervisor for a grains malting company. In high school, she was involved in the Wisconsin Junior Dairymen’s Association and the FFA. She continues to pursue her education through short courses and seminars.

Roy Williams, Midland, Texas, is a 20-year veteran calf raiser. He had his own calf ranch for 15 years, and for the past five years has managed calf operations for up to 2,000 calves and heifers. He is pursuing a master’s degree in biology from the University of Texas and plans to apply his degree to research in calf health, specifically calf scours and diseases. In addition to DCHA, he has been a member of the American Dairy Science Association for many years.