Farm Horizons, February 2014

Carver County Dairy Expo Mon., Feb. 17

By Starrla Cray

Are you involved in the dairy industry?

If so, you might want to head over to the 22nd annual Carver County Dairy Expo, set for Monday, Feb. 17.

The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central High School (531 Morse St.) in Norwood-Young America.

Entrance is $10 for adults, and $5 for students (must show school ID at registration). The fee 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.

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 will take place at 3:15 p.m.

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 Carver County’s University of Minnesota Extension Office at (952) 466-5300.

Morning sessions (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)

• “Troubleshooting mixed rations: observations from the field,” presented by Jeff Weyers, PhD, a global technical specialist for ViCOR. The session addresses feed management practices – problems to look for and potential ways to solve them.

• “The pathogens, pathology, and prevention of calf diarrhea,” presented by Jeremy Schefers, DVM PhD, a University of Minnesota food animal diagnostician. The session will summarize the pathogens found, review the pathology of disease, and outline prevention strategies.

• “Calf barn ventilation,” presented by Kevin Janni, PhD, a professor and extension engineer. The session will explore key design and management factors for calf barn ventilating systems.

Keynote presentation (11:30 a.m.)

• “Future of the dairy industry; look back to look ahead,” presented by Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois professor of animal science emeritus.

Afternoon sessions (2:15 to 3:15 p.m.)

• “Strategies with today’s feed and milk prices,” presented by Mike Hutjens of the University of Illinois. The session will examine economic benchmarks as they relate to feed costs, impact of forage quality and processing, role of by-product feeds, use of amino acid and added fats/oils, investment in feed additives, and grouping schemes for health and economics.

• Optimizing dairy replacement costs: culling, sexed semen, and genomics,” presented by Jim Salfer, dairy extension educator. Dairy replacement cost is the second-largest cost of production on most farms. The session will show how to optimize this cost to maximize profits.

• “Alfalfa, grasses, and cover crops: adding value to your forage system,” presented by Jim Paulson, dairy extension educator. This session will look at forages available for a dairy operation, and how they can work together to add value to a forage system.

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