USSEC Coordinates Polish Dairymen’s Visit to Wisconsin
- General News
USSEC coordinated a visit by leading Polish dairymen to Wisconsin in June. In its effort to support the exports of U.S. Hi-Pro and bypass soymeal, USSEC partnered with a Polish feed compounder of ETOS, an importer and distributor of U.S. bypass soymeal, and organized a cutting edge practical training program in the U.S. for the Polish delegates. The Polish cooperator contributed a large portion of the project’s funding, which was viewed by USSEC as their practical appreciation of the U.S. Soy industry’s assistance.
The team of eight owners and managers of large dairy operations from various parts of Poland traveled to Wisconsin to visit dairy and soy processing and feed milling operations. Dr. Lynn Davis, an independent dairy nutrition advisor and co-owner of two large model dairy farms, coordinated the training program together with USSEC Northeast European Technical Director Jerzy Kosieradzki.
Dr. David Gast of AGP-Omaha, Nebraska, met the team to present on AGP’s AminoPlus® bypass soy product and showed the results of multiple domestic and foreign studies that prove the product’s beneficial nutritional characteristics and cost-effectiveness.
At the Quality Roasting, Inc. in Valders, Wisc., the team studied the technological process of manufacturing another bypass soy product called Exceller Meal. The company’s production and marketing managers, Scott Rabe and Tim Bailey, talked about the meal’s advantages over other bypass protein products used in the U.S. and gave hints how to utilize it to get the best returns.
A visit to CP Feeds, the largest dairy feed compounder in Wisconsin, provided the Polish specialists with a deeper understanding of how this section of commercial feed industry in the U.S. serves the local dairy industry. Dr. Davis provided explanations of best quality control protocols, feeds formulation procedures and gave the most up-to-date tips for those who feed such animals.
What the Poles liked most, however, were their tours of the three great dairy herds, namely the Lake Breeze Farm and the Pine Breeze Farm, both co-owned by Dr. Davis, and the Kinaard Farm’s super modern farm for 4700 dairy cows, which is being built. At every facility, the Polish guests passionately discussed the building designs, equipment, machinery, livestock genetics, forage and concentrate preparation, animal welfare and health, labor issues, state legal framework and, of course, the economics of dairying.
After completing the training program, Piotr Chelminiak, the manager of ETOS’s cattle department, expressed the feelings of the Polish trainees, saying, “It was an outstanding training opportunity for our group of Polish dairy specialists and we are so appreciative of USSEC and Dr. Davis’s assistance to us and the Polish dairy industry.”
Michał Gąsiorek, a young owner and manager of over 2000 dairy cows in western Poland, who has just completed construction on a new barn, stated, “If I had seen these models a few months ago, I would had saved almost $ 100,000!”