Florida Dairy Production Conference is March 30
The 47th Florida Dairy Production Conference will be held March 30, at the Best Western Gateway Grant, Gainesville, Florida.
The agenda includes:
9:45 a.m. Welcome – Geoff Dahl, University of Florida
10 a.m. Implications of Evolving Dairy Markets and Policy for the Florida Dairy Industry – Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University
10:50 a.m. Producing Quality Milk in Florida – David Bray, University of Florida
11:30 a.m. Dairy Youth Update – Chris Holcomb, University of Florida
12:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:15 p.m. Identifying and Treating Uterine Disease in Dairy Cows – Klibs Galvaõ, University of Florida
1:50 p.m. Application of Daily Milk Weights, Daily Components, and Body Weights in Dairy Management – Eric Diepersloot, University of Florida
2:25 p.m. Dairy Lending: A Lender’s Perspective – Jeffrey Spencer, Farm Credit of Florida
3 p.m. Refreshment Break
3.30 p.m. Feeding Cows with Increasing Feed Costs: Efficiencies, Feed Options, and Quality Control – Charlie Stallings, Virginia Tech
4:20 p.m. Reproductive Programs for Florida Dairy Herds – José Santos, University of Florida
5 p.m. Reception
The Best Western is near I-75 exit 390. For more information, including registration information, visit http://dairy.ifas.ufl.edu/index.shtml.
Winter Forage Field Days set in Florida
Programs highlighting forages for dairy will be held in Florida in early March.
March 4 – Winter Forages for Florida Featuring Triticale. Triple G Dairy, Highlands County, FL. 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Randy Gornto at Highlands County Extension Office (863) 402-6540.
• Overview of winter forage systems at the Florida dairy located in Highlands County.
• Discussion on winter forage production, quality and nutrient management.
• Tour the triticale experimental breeding lines and other cool season forage varieties adapted to Florida
March 8 – Winter Forages Field Day. Shenandoah Dairy, 16540 68th Place, Live Oak, FL. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Mary Sowerby, (386) 362-2771 (office) or (865) 250-7761 (cell).
• History and Use of Forages on Shenandoah Dairy / Ted Henderson
• What Works and Why in Variety Selection for Dairies / Ann Blount
• Testing Triticale /Ryegrass Blends on Dairies / Cheryl Mackowiak
• Walking tour of plots / Ron Barnett, Bill Smith, Ann Blount and Cheryl Mackowiak
• Use of Triticale and Other Winter Forages in Dairy Rations /
• Noon Field equipment demonstration
March 11 – Winter Forages for Dairies. Start at Bubba Que’s Restaurant, 116 N Main Street, Chiefland, FL . 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact Mary Sowerby, (386) 362-2771 (office) or (865) 250-7761 (cell).
• Forage Research for Dairies
• Ryz-up Research plots
• Winter forage plots at Alliance Dairy
• Tour of Alliance Dairy (optional)
Kentucky Dairy Partners to meet
The Kentucky Dairy Partners annual meeting will be held March 1-2, at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Ky.
A reception and Exhibit Hall open the event’s activities, March 1, 6-8 p.m.
The March program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Workshop topics and speakers include:
9:30 a.m. – Nature vs. Nurture: Cow comfort and its effects on animal health, by Fabian Bernal, Alltech
10:00 a.m. – A new approach to dairy’s image, by CHeryl Hayn and Terry Rowlett
10:40 a.m. – Lowering SCC is not a guessing game, by Jeff Reneau, University of Minnesota
11:10 a.m. – What’s new in University of Kentucky Dairy Extension, Research and Teaching, by Bill Silvia, UK
11:40 a.m. – Kentucky Dairy Development Council annual business meeting
1:30 a.m. – McDonald’s: A dairy destination, by Diane Leanard, DMI
2 p.m. – Lowering SCC makes cents for you, by Jeff Reneau, University of Minnesota
2:30 p.m. – Raising the standard on milk quality, by Beth Jones, Brad Bertram and Jeremy Kinslow
3:30 p.m. – Adjourn
Registration is $25/person at the door. No registration fee for Kentucky dairy producers, with a limit of two per dairy permit. For more information, visit http://kydairy.org.