By Caroline Wigmore
CARVER COUNTY, MN - The 17th annual Carver County and trade show will be, Monday, Feb. 16 at Central High School in Norwood Young America.
The University of Minnesota Dairy Expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors and a busy day of educational sessions, good food, and drawings.
The day will start off with registration at 9:30 a.m., along with a continental breakfast and trade show.
An early bird drawing will begin at 10:15 a.m., which will include gift certificates for two Chanhassen Dinner Theater Tickets.
Educational sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a choice of three sessions. Session A is titled “Keys to Reproductive Success,” which will feature a discussion panel of individuals who will discuss what they have found works for their animals.
Session B is titled “Maximizing the Economic Benefits of Manure,” which will be a discussion led by Dr. Jose Hernandez of the University of Minnesota Extension.
The discussion will center around the current agronomic, economic, and environmental aspects of manure and nutrition management.
There will also be a demonstration of a computer program which is able to readily determine the value of manure under a range of application rates, methods, and fertilizer price regimens.
Session C is titled “Moderate energy diets for dry cows,” which will be led by Dr. Noah Litherland of the University of Minnesota Extension.
The session will teach some of the different strategies for dry cow feeding, which are often overlooked.
At 11:30 a.m., a session titled “Old McDonald had a farm: how agricultural stereotypes drive America’s food supply.”
The session will be led by Cris Peterson of Four Cubs Farm in Wisconsin.
Peterson is a children’s author and dairy farmer who is concerned with the portrayal of farmers in today’s media.
“American farmers manage to produce enough food and fiber to meet the needs of the US and export huge quantities to countries around the world, and yet are still portrayed in the media as overall-clad bumpkins, feeding the chickens and chugging along on little red tractors,” Peterson said.
Peterson will identify some of the agricultural stereotypes prevalent in today’s media and help participants develop ways to show agriculture in a realistic light.
After lunch, two more sessions will be offered.
One session is titled “Using Genomic Predictions as a Breeding Tool,” led by Dr. Tom Lawlor of the US Holstein Association.
Lawlor will share the latest research relating to genomic testing and how it relates to today’s dairy operation.
The second session is titled “Business planning in today’s economic turmoil,” led by Gary Sipiorski of Vita Plus Corporation.
Sipiorski’s discussion will deal with the issue of how the present financial factors will affect the business side of the dairy business. He will give suggestions on how to be proactive on the dairy producer’s end.
The trade show will continue after the sessions are complete, with a door prize drawing concluding the day at 3:15 p.m.
The drawing will include a weekend getaway, a two-night hotel package and $100 spending money. There will also be a ladies drawing which will offer a manicure and pedicure package.
Admission is $10 per person, $5 per child 12 years old and under. This ticket includes the continental breakfast, entry to all sessions, the trade show, and lunch.