2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Building A Relationship Between Grower and Producer

2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Building A Relationship Between Grower and Producer, by Lewis B Anderson Jr., National Sales Manager/Calf Management Consultant, Calf-Tel



As dairies expand, more producers look to custom heifer growers to raise herd replacements. However, when contracting raising replacements, it can become a complex process for both the grower and producer. Important issues like expectations, animal health and cost require discussion and understanding. Lewis Anderson will explain how communication is the backbone for both parties to be successful. Anderson is no stranger to these negotiations; he has been managing calf ranches for the last 14 years. The calf ranches he has managed include; CalfSource, a 10,000 head operation in Wisconsin and Joseph Gallo Farms, a 25,000 head ranch in California. While employed at CalfSource, Anderson obtained the first ever I.S.O.14001 certification for a heifer raising facility. Over the last several years, he has been active with the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and is currently serving as the First Vice President. Anderson is a strong advocate for the Dairy Quality Assurance Program. Recently, Anderson accepted a position with Calf-Tel to serve as National Sales Manager/Calf Management Consultant to help producers improve calf-management practices.