By Starrla Cray
CARVER COUNTY, MN The Carver County/University of Minnesota Dairy Expo and Trade Show, set for Monday, Feb. 15, is sure to please anyone with an interest in agriculture.
Registration for the 18th annual event starts at 9:30 a.m. at Central High School in Norwood Young America. The cost for adults is $10, and children 12 and under are $5. Attendees receive a continental breakfast, lunch, and entry to all sessions and the trade show.
The early bird drawing for two tickets to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, sponsored by Waconia Farm & Home, will be at 10:15 a.m. The trade show also begins at that time.
There are three morning seminars, each starting at 10:30 a.m.
“All of our speakers are new,” U of M Extension Educator Laura Kieser said. “We change the program every year.”
One session is titled “Human Dietary Myths About Dairy and Other Animal Food Products.” Dr. Lance Baumgard of Iowa State University will present data regarding the myth that dairy products are disease-causing foods.
“Basic Reproduction For The Advanced Dairyman” is another morning seminar, with Dr. John Zimmerman of Liberty Vet Services offering tips and strategies to improve reproductive performance.
The third seminar is “How To Use Claw Health Records To Reduce Dairy Herd Lameness.” Dr. Jeff Defrian of Zinpro Corporation will teach the audience how to use claw lesion data to identify possible lameness trigger factors in a herd.
Lunch is at 12:15 p.m., followed by three afternoon sessions, each starting at 2:15 p.m.
Baumgard will be presenting “Revisiting Rumensin’s Role in Energy Nutrition,” explaining how and when to incorporate Rumensin into dairy diets.
Kieser’s seminar, “Effects of Exercise and Nutrition on Bred Heifers,” will include steps that can be taken to insure a successful transition into first lactation, while maximizing an animal’s production and longevity.
The third session is titled “Risk Management: Managing Financial Success in an Insane World.” Joe Spader of Dairy Visor, Inc. in Glenwood will present ideas for using marketing tools to gain financial control.
Another popular part of the Dairy Expo is the “producer panel,” which starts at 11:30 a.m. This year, three producers will be giving brief virtual tours of their operations, and discussing key strategies in their calf management programs.
Hendel Farms in Caledonia will present information about using an automated calf feeder.
Schauer Farms in Glencoe and Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center, IA, will also provide insight into its calf management operations.
Dr, Hugh Chester-Jones of the U of M Extension will moderate the panel, and there will be time for audience questions.
The expo’s trade show is another draw for dairy producers.
“We have 49 booths this year,” Kieser said. “We have all types of services, from whitewashing, to equipment, to nutrition, to chemical companies.”
The trade show ends at 3:15 p.m. with door prize drawings. The grand prize is a two-night hotel stay and $100 spending money. A gift basket “ladies’ drawing” will also take place. Both drawings are sponsored by the expo planning committee, which is comprised of about 20 volunteers.
“The committee works really hard to come up with good topics and speakers,” Kieser said.
Each year, the dairy expo attracts about 300 people.
“Last year, we had people from 38 different counties,” Kieser said.
Questions about the expo or trade show can be directed to the Carver County Extension office at (952) 466-5300.