Farm Horizons, February 2013

Dairy expo in Carver Co. Feb. 18

By Starrla Cray

People with ties to the dairy industry will want to mark their calendars for the Carver County/University of Minnesota dairy expo and trade show Monday, Feb. 18.

The 21st annual show will take place Monday, Feb. 18 at Central High School (531 Morse St.) in Norwood Young America.

Entrance is $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 12 and under, which includes refreshments, entry to all sessions, trade show, lunch, and proceedings.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the opening of the trade show and refreshments. At 10:15 a.m., an early-bird drawing will take place for two Chanhassen Dinner Theater tickets, provided by Waconia Farm Supply.

Informative sessions for dairy producers and related industries are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. A keynote presentation will take place at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at 12:45 p.m.

Door prize drawings at 3:15 p.m. include a custom-designed gift basket ($50 value), as well as a weekend getaway package (two-night hotel stay at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn and $100 spending money), both provided by the Carver County dairy core team.

In the event of inclement weather, contact the U of M Extension farm information line for event status: 1-800-232-9077.

For booth and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindi at (952) 466-5315 or Laura at (952) 466-5306, at the Carver County Extension Office.

Morning sessions

• “10 ways to improve profitability without expanding,” presented by Dr. Tom Bailey of Elanco Animal Health, will provide practical, common sense ways to increase dairy farm income while minimizing outgoing expenses. Strategies will be applicable for all dairy farms.

• “10 strategies to feed your dairy herd during high feed prices,” presented by Dr. Noah Litherland of the U of M Extension, will provide ideas for managing feed costs, improving efficiency and performance, and identifying areas in producers’ feed programs that can be managed to provide a bigger return on investment.

• “New technologies in dairy replacement heifer management,” presented by Pat Hoffman of the University of Wisconsin Extension, will provide information about changes in dairy replacement heifer management, including terms such as genomics, sexed semen, calving age stringing, precision feeding, and intake control.

• “How to achieve true success and happiness” will be presented by Hank Wagner of Wagner Dairy Farm in Oconto Falls, WI. Wagner is the past president of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. His presentation will provide keys to true success and happiness, both in business and personally. According to the dairy expo brochure, attendees will be inspired and challenged as they hear about life-changing lessons.

Afternoon sessions

• “Calving conundrums,” presented by Dr. John Zimmerman of Liberty Vet Clinic, will provide practical information about how to successfully manipulate calving malpresentations (head or leg back, breech presentation, etc.) and deal with uterine torsions and other calving abnormalities. Normal calving processes will also be reviewed, with information about when to intervene.

• “Innovations in evaluating starch digestibility for lactating dairy cows,” presented by Pat Hoffman, will provide information about feed grains. New models have been developed that combine physical characteristics (particle size) and chemical composition (fermentation and particle bonding) of feed grains to estimate feeding potential.

• For those who miss the morning session of “10 ways to improve profitability without expanding,” Dr. Tom Bailey will also provide an afternoon session.

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