Farm Horizons, February 2015

Don’t miss the Carver County Dairy Expo Monday, Feb. 16

By Starrla Cray

For a chance to hear about dairy industry trends and network with other dairy-focused professionals, stop at the Carver County Dairy Expo Monday, Feb. 16.

The 23rd annual event 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.

A grand prize raffle drawing and a ladies gift basket drawing will take place at 3:15 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, contact the University of Minnesota 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.)

• “Cow comfort economics,” presented by Dr. Rick Grant of the W.H. Miner Ag Institute, will be a discussion focusing on the economic consequences of not meeting cows’ needs, such as not enough time outside the pen, overcrowding, and more.

• “Starch utilization,” presented by Dr. Limin Kung of the University of Delaware, will cover the basic concepts of starch utilization by dairy cattle, with emphasis on starch from silage sources.

• “Cow hoof health management,” presented by Dr. Gerard Cramer of the University of Minnesota veterinary medicine, will center on how to manage the health of cows’ hooves.

Keynote presentation (11:30 a.m.)

• “Automatic calf feeders – Producer’s Panel” will be led by Marcia Endres, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota.

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

• “Creating the perfect dining experience for your cows,” presented by Dr. Rick Grant of the W.H. Miner Ag Institute, will focus on feeding and feedbunk management for best cow behavior, productions, and efficiency response.

• “Shredlage/silage,” presented by Dr. Limin Kung of the University of Delaware, will include an update on silage management.

• “Top 10 calf management strategies,” presented by Dr. Hugh Chester-Jones of the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, will cover 10 tips for raising calves.

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