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GPS Dairy Consulting holding its 2017 Dairy Leaders Forum

GPS Dairy Consulting holds its 2017 Dairy Leaders Forum

Leading a dairy operation has never been more important or more challenging GPS Dairy Consulting 2017 Dairy Leaders Forum - Speakerswith the increased size, technology and labor involved. The key to success is learning and honing the leadership and technical skills needed to improve efficiency, manage risk, control costs and lead the people who make up the dairy's team. With that in mind GPS Dairy Consulting consultants and their clients met at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, MN on November 14-16, 2017 for the 2017 Dairy Leaders Forum. The meeting was an intensive, highly interactive meeting allowing dairy owners to network, collaborate and discuss Speaker: GPS Dairy Consulting 2017 Dairy Leaders Forum - Breakout Sessionwith some of the industry's most respected producers how to squeeze more profits from their dairy operations. Attendees learned how to hone their leadership skills and think like a CEO, improve efficiency, manage risk and control costs in better ways.

Preview presentations from the 2017 Dairy Learders Forum.


Leadership Investment: GPS Master Feeder Certification

Feed and how it is fed is arguably the most important part of any dairy—small or large. For this reason, understanding the basics of dairy GPS Master Feeder Certificationnutrition, feed mixing and on-time delivery are critical. As another aspect of their Leadership Investment for Tomorrow philosophy GPS Dairy Consulting has organized a series of feeder schools and a three-tier Master Feeder Certification program to teach dairy nutrition basics to front-line feed managers.GPS Master Feeder Certification The goal of the Master Feeder Certification program is to elevate the feeder position in the industry to better align with the fiscal impact the feeding management has on any dairy. The certification program is a three-tier process that allows feeders to learn, grow and advance in their responsibilities and performance.

  • Level 1 – Offered in 2016 and again in 2017 focuses on the essentials of feeding dairy cows, with topics including basics of rumen function, silage face management, managing dry matter, safety, feedbunk management, TMR audits and feed monitoring, the financial aspect of feeding management, measuring and controlling shrink, and the mechanics of a mixer. Communication, teamwork and the importance of the entire feed team’s consistency are key areas developed.
  • Level 2 – To be started in 2017 this second tier is for those who have completed Level 1. The curriculum will be more in-depth with a special emphasis on software, tracking ingredients, key performance indicators and monitoring metrics.
  • Master Feeder – Set for 2018, this is the culmination of the Master Feeder Certification program. The expectation is a “Master Feeder” will have the managerial and leadership skills to successfully lead and manage a feed center at the largest dairies.

GPS Master Feeder CertificationFor information on how to enroll your feeders in the GPS Master Feeder Certification program contact your GPS consultant.

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Experience Delivering Success®


Experience only brings value when it is shared. The nutritionists that make up GPS Dairy Consulting are proven leaders in their respective areas with vast experience and a solid reputation for delivering quality service and positive results to their clients. At GPS Dairy Consulting we share our experience with each other as colleagues; we share our experience as coaches and mentors for each other; and, we share our experience with our clients, their managers and their employees. Building upon the experiences of all of us we are able to bring the power of the entire GPS Dairy Consulting team to every dairy we work with.



In order to deliver anything you must first take personal ownership. GPS Dairy Consultants don't simply hand off the many challenges that come up on a dairy operation; we get involved. At GPS Dairy Consulting we take ownership and responsibility to deliver results to ourselves, our peers and especially to our customers.




Success must be sustained and built upon. We will not be satisfied by delivering a single success. At GPS Dairy Consulting our consultants create value by delivering results. We capture the momentum of those results to create success and we build upon each individual success to create sustained success.




Independent Dairy Consulting

GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC is a professional team of dairy nutrition consultants servicing dairies throughout the midwest and beyond. We are leaders in the industry, working with some of the most influential dairy herds in the country. Although we are united under GPS Dairy Consulting,LLC we are each independent nutrition consultants working directly for our dairy producer clientele. Read more...

Summer Internship Opportunity

Attention College Students

GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC is offering a summer internship for a highly motivated individual interested in a broad dairy industry experience. This opportunity provides the ability to work with leaders in many facets of the dairy industry growing their professional network and increasing their skill set towards their future career endeavors.

The intern will:

  • Gain experience on both commercial and research dairy farms
  • Gain on-farm consulting experience in the field
  • Opportunity to attend agricultural industry events
  • Involvement in a nutrition-based research project

Qualified candidates should review the responsibilities and details below. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Sample and data collection on farm
  • Animal husbandry
  • Data entry
  • Daily farm tasks as assigned by farm and research managers
  • Assisting with on-farm consultant calls and farm walk-throughs
  • Analysis of feedstuffs, assist in balancing dairy rations

Skills and experience required (but not limited to):

  • Must be trustworthy and able to work independently
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Experience working with livestock
  • Ability to work on multiple projects during the summer
  • Ability to work with others in group settings

Work Schedule:

  • 40 hours per week; with some week to week variability
  • Weekend work hours may be required on certain occasions, dependent on project

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and references to Deadline for applicants is March 2, 2018.

Kristy PagelFeatured GPS Consultant

Kristy Pagel, owner of Leading Edge Consulting, LLC works directly with dairies and agri-business delivering personal and professional development coaching through her expert knowledge, industry experience and relentless passion. With over 15 years of proven experience, she has gained the role as "trusted advisor" with many dairies throughout the industry. Kristy focuses on strategic evaluation of organizational structures, individual leadership coaching to build teams and a winning culture. She also provides professional meeting facilitation and trains on critical communication techniques.

In addition, she serves as the Director of Business Development and Strategic Leadership for GPS Dairy Consulting LLC, as leader of the education and people development platform offered to their clients.

Kristy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Green Bay, receiving a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources and Marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dairy Girl Network and actively maintains leadership roles with multiple boards and organizations. She resides in Eastern Wisconsin with her family and enjoys many outdoor activities, volunteering and doing freelance floral design.

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