Midwest Dairy Digest: Jan. 30, 2011

Central federal order marketings more concentrated

Seventy-five dairy farms, or about 3.6% of all farms marketing milk on the Central federal milk marketing order, accounted for 50% of the milk marketed on that order during October 2010, according to the order’s administration office. The 75 farms marketing half the order’s milk produced between 2.510 million lbs. and 5.851 million lbs. of milk during the month.

Thirty-six of the largest dairy farms accounted for 25% of Central federal milk marketing order marketings

during October 2010. Each of those farms marketed more than 5.922 million lbs. during the month.

A total of 3,126 farms marketed milk on the order during October 2010. There were 1,598 farms marketing less than 100,000 lbs. of milk each on the order in October 2010. These producers accounted for over 51% of the farms, but less than 7% of the milk marketed.

Midwest Manure Summit highlights new technologies to best utilize and dispose of manure

The University of Wisconson-Extension will host the Midwest Manure Summit, Feb. 15-16, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis. Topics and speakers include:

• Air Quality, What’s coming in 2011, and What should you do? John Ferguson, P. Eng, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

• Utilizing Biofilters for Air Emissions and Odor Reduction from Animal Production and Waste Storage Structures. Dr. Joe Taraba – University of Kentucky

• European Perspectives on Technical and Economical Approaches to Phosphorus Recycling. Dr. Marie-Line Daumer, Cemagref, France

• USDA Developed Technologies for Recovering Manure Phosphorus. Dr. Ariel Szogi, USDA-ARS South Carolina

• Managing Manure to Minimize Environmental Impact. Dr. Joe Harrison, Washington State University

• Making Digesters Work: The Economics of Bedding and Cofeeding. Dr. Dana Kirk, Manager, ADRE Center, Michigan State University

• Ecological Impacts on Future Farming. Dr. Ann Wilkie, University of Florida

• Profitability of Digesters-If I Knew Then, What I Know Now. Bob Nagel, D.V.M., Holsum Dairy, Chilton WI

A dozen other breakout sessions will also be held throughout the conference. These breakout session topics include small scale digesters, treatment options for dairy wash water, alternative bedding challenges, and odor study results.

The registration deadline is Feb. 8 and the registration fee is $195 per person which includes meals and breaks, proceedings, and a tour of Lambeau Field.

More details and registration information about the Midwest Manure Summit can be found at the conference website, www.midwestmanure.com. You can also contact one of the conference chairs: Paul Dyk, 920-929-3171, paul.dyk@ces.uwex.edu, Mark Hagedorn, 920-391-4610, mark.hagedorn@ces.uwex.edu, or Abby Huibregtse, 920-834-6849, abby.huibregtse@ces.uwex.edu.

I-29 Dairy Conference to feature Grandin

Livestock handling specialist Dr. Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual I-29 Dairy Conference, Feb. 9-10, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Grandin will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9.   Her presentation on “The Way to Reduce Stress on Animals” will be open to both conference attendees and the general public.

The I-29 Dairy Conference is coordinated by dairy Extension specialists from North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/sdces/resources/animals/dairy/i-29.cfm.