Southeast Dairy Digest: March 2011

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

For more information, contact Dave Bray, or Albert De Vries,

The Best Western is near I-75 exit 390.  For more information, including registration information, visit

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.

Program highlights:

• 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).

Program highlights:

• 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).

Program highlights:

• 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