Midwest Dairy Digest: Feb. 24, 2011

UW-Madison dairy judges first at Southwestern Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

UW-Madison team members (left to right) include Ty Hildebrandt, Chelsea Holschbach, Brian Coyne, Ben Sarbacker, and assistant coach Brian Kelroy.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judging team took top honors at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Jan. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas as part of the 2011 Fort  Worth Stock Show. Nine teams  from across the country competed in the contest.

The UW’s team’s four seniors dominated the field, placing first in Brown Swiss, Jerseys and Oral Reasons on their way to winning the overall high team award. Team members included: Brian Coyne, Spring Valley, Dairy Science; Chelsea Holschbach, Baraboo; Ben Sarbacker, Verona; and Ty Hildebrandt, Hustisford.

Coyne placed first in oral reasons and second in Brown Swiss, and had the highest individual point total.

OSU Extension offers two ways to learn about composting livestock

Composting dead farm animals can save farmers money, protect the environment and return animals slowly to the earth – and two OSU Extension programs in March will feature composting techniques.

Livestock Mortality Composting Workshops are being offered March 7 in Carey, about 60 miles south of Toledo; and March 8 in Newark, about 40 miles east of Columbus. Registration costs $10 and can be done at the door. A composting manual is included.

Proper composting – done without odors, vermin or objectionable gases – is the focus. The program will be the same at both places.

The livestock industry is faced with discovering innovative and economical ways to dispose of mortality losses, which has been brought on by the disappearance of rendering plants, concerns over groundwater pollution from burial and the economic and environmental issues of incineration.

But, composting dead animals is an option available to all livestock producers.

Speaking will be experts from Ohio State University Extension and from area Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).

The March 7 workshop runs 7-9 p.m. at the Wyandot County Recycling Center, 11385 County Highway 4, Carey. Call Ken Stucky at 419-447-7073 or Chris Bruynis at 419-294-4931 for more information.

OSU Extension’s Wyandot County office and the Crawford, Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot SWCDs are the hosts.

The March 8 workshop runs 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the office of the program’s host, OSU Extension in Licking County, 771 E. Main St., Suite 103, Newark. For details, contact Howard Siegrist, 740-670-5315, siegrist.1@osu.edu.

OSU Extension, which brings the resources of Ohio State directly to the people of Ohio, is the outreach arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Missouri offers dairy business planning grants

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is accepting applications for the 2011 Dairy Business Planning Grant Program. Deadline to apply is March 25.

This funding will enable Missouri’s dairy producers to work with qualified dairy business planning professionals to develop a business plan to facilitate startup, improve profitability, increase production and encourage modernization and expansion of dairy farms in Missouri. Funding for the grant is being provided by the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Dairy Growth Council.

Grants are capped at $5,000 and/or may not finance more than 90% of the cost of the business plan, whichever is less. The dairy producer is required to pay at least 10% of the cost of the work done. Applications will be scored competitively.

Applications are online at mda.mo.gov. For more information, contact MASBDA via phone: 573-751-2129; or e-mail masbda@mda.mo.gov.

Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference scheduled at Fort Wayne

The 2011Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference will be held April 19-20, at the Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.

For more information, contact:

• Michelle Milligan, phone: 614-292-7374 or e-mail: milligan.4@osu.edu

• Herb Bucholtz, phone: 517-230-0120 or e-mail: bucholtz@msu.edu

• visit http://tristatedairy.osu.edu

Wisconsin dairy tax credit advances

The Wisconsin State Senate passed a bill to help grow and modernize Wisconsin’s dairy and livestock industries.

Senate Bill 9, authored by State Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) was passed on Feb. 22. It extends the dairy and livestock modernization tax credit that was to expire at the end of 2011 through 2017. The income and franchise tax credit can be claimed on 10% of the amount paid for the construction, improvement and acquisition of buildings and facilities, or acquiring a variety of equipment used for dairy and livestock production.

Holterman to speak at 9th Annual Western Wisconsin Heart of the Farm Conference

The 9th Annual Western Wisconsin Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture Conference will be held March 3, in Chippewa Falls, Wis.

This conference provides farm women with the opportunity to network with other farm women and learn about balancing farm, family, and personal priorities; organizational skills; social media; how to have a voice in agriculture; and LGM-Dairy. A musical duet by two local musicians will be played during lunch and the conference will end with a Beer and Cheese tasting by Leinenkugel’s Brewery.

Topics and speakers include:

• Balancing Act – Or Is It a Three-Ring Circus? Randy Knapp, UW-Extension Chippewa County agriculture agent and Jenny Vanderlin, Asst. Director, UW-Extension’s Center for Dairy Profitability.

• I Want to Be More Organized – But Where Do I Begin? Sally Hayden, owner, Hayden’s Bookkeeping Solutions.

• Thank You, Michael Pollan OR Never Underestimate the Power of a Farm Tour. Daphne Holterman, dairy farmer and World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year, 2009.

• How Much is Your Dairy Farm Willing to Spend to Avoid the Next Financial Disaster? Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy and Analysis and UW-Extension’s Center for Dairy Profitability.

• Social Media Universe. Laurie Boettcher, Boettcher Speaks, Eau Claire, WI.

For more information contact: Randy Knapp, randy.knapp@ces.uwex.edu, 715-726-7950, Jenny Vanderlin, jmvander@wisc.edu, 608-263-7795 or visit the Heart of the Farm website at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/heartofthefarm/ .