GENEX Academy

Take Your Learning
to the Next Level!

Take part in an intensive five-day workshop to gain knowledge and skills from dairy industry experts. Then, see the fundamentals you learned put to real-world practice on local dairy farms. Plus, small class sizes mean you’ll receive personalized instruction and interaction!

Whether you are a producer, herdsperson, repro manager, student or other dairy industry professional, this training is for you!


GENEX Academy aims to give you detailed insight into topics like:

  • Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Transition Cow Management
  • Facility Design
  • Hoof Care
  • Leadership
  • Team Management

Each GENEX Academy takes place at the cooperative’s Global Headquarters in Shawano, Wisconsin. Enrollment fee is $1,850 USD, which includes lodging Sunday through Friday and meals Monday through Friday (excludes airfare).

Click the tabs below to learn more about our upcoming English & Spanish Academies.

Click the button below to enroll or to request more information.

*The May 2020 session has been postponed due to COVID-19. Watch for future updates and/or register to attend our virtual event GENEX Academy Hard-Wired!*

The next GENEX Academy for Spanish speakers takes place in May 2020. Below is the tentative agenda for the workshop. Look for additional travel information and speaker bios in separate tabs above. Enrollments for this session are now being accepted. Please contact Anne Davison at [email protected] or 603.748.3853 for more information or to enroll.

Itinerary (subject to change)
Monday, May 18, 2020
 » Academy Introduction & Welcome – Huub te Plate, GENEX
» Intro to GENEX Value-Added Programs – Joe Binversie, GENEX
» URUS Distribution Center Tour – Warren Raddatz, URUS
» DiSC Assessment – Meredith Bowers, GENEX

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
 » PEAK Semen Collection Observation
» Dairy Cattle Reproduction – Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin-Madison
» Working as a Team & SOP Management – Elsie Gonzales, Motiva Consulting
» ICC$: The Cow of the Future – Leah James, GENEX

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 » Facility Design – Dr. David Kammel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
» Transition Cow Management – Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, The Ohio State University
» Dairy Farm Tour

Thursday, May 21, 2020
 » Lameness on Dairy Operations – Roger Olson, Zinpro
» Dairy Farm Tour

Friday, May 22, 2020
 » Calf Nutrition – Dr. Manuel Campos, SCCL
» Dairy Cow Nutrition – Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois
» Group Recreational Activity

The next GENEX Academy in English will take place in October 2020. Check back in the coming weeks for a workshop itinerary. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Anne Davison at [email protected] or 603.748.3853.

Flight Accommodations
Airfare is at the participant’s expense. Participants should plan to arrive at the Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport the Sunday prior to the workshop. Departure flights out of Austin Straubel International Airport can be scheduled for the Saturday following the workshop.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB)
2077 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI  54313-5596

Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations are arranged by GENEX and included in the Academy enrollment fee.

Sunday night and Friday night accommodations will be at:
Wingate by Wyndham Green Bay/Airport
2065 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI  54313
Phone: 920.617.2000

Monday night through Thursday night accommodations will be at:
Boarders Inn & Suites
W7393 River Bend Road
Shawano, WI  54166
Phone: 888.693.8262

GENEX will transport participants from the Wingate to Shawano on Monday morning and return participants to the Wingate on Friday evening.

Dr. Gustavo Schuennemann has a doctorate in reproductive physiology from the University of Tennessee, USA. Today, he spends 65% of his time on Extension work and 35% in teaching and research. He is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University, where he focuses on transition cow management with emphasis on disease prevention and comfort, personnel management with emphasis on animal welfare practices, and use of tools for decision making.

Dr. Phil Cardoso is a highly published Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a DVM from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. Dr. Cardoso established a unique program that seamlessly blends teaching, extension and research using a business model that gives students the opportunity to evaluate dairy farms. Over 40 published works by Dr. Cardoso and his students deal with nutritional physiology and reproduction of dairy cows. His research builds from questions asked by dairy producers and focuses on the impact nutrition has on dairy cow metabolism, reproduction and health, as well as mechanisms of metabolic adaptation and forage quality.

Dr. David Kammel is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as an Extension Specialist. He received his doctorate in agricultural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In recent years, he has focused on dairy modernization efforts; this involves coordinating programs around dairy facilities and feeding systems including low cost milking centers, freestall barns, special needs and transition cow barns, and TMR feeding equipment. Much of this work has been with assisting family dairy farms in transitioning from tiestall barn facilities to parlor/freestall systems.

Dr. Milo Wiltbank earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and serves as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His studies focus on reproductive physiology, specifically the regulation of ovarian function. Basic studies focus on the regulation of hormonal receptors in the corpus luteum and developing ovarian follicle. Applied studies focus on development of methods that allow timed artificial insemination and improve pregnancy rates in dairy cattle.

Elsie Gonzolas is passionate about developing successful working teams within the dairy industry. She has helped progressive dairy operations achieve quality and production goals by empowering and training employees, developing consistent systems and optimizing processes. Elsie is the founder of Motiva Consulting and has served the dairy industry in Wisconsin through various roles (University of Wisconsin Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture-NRCS, the UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course and public speaker at dairy events). Elsie holds a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Puerto Rico.