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The 2012 Mid-Atlantic Dairy Graz-
ing Conference is based in Chestertown
in Kent County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The event begins with registration at Washing-
ton College in Chestertown on July 25, 3 p.m.
and concludes on July 27 at 2:15 p.m.
The program will feature a combination of
on-farm and classroom topics for both experi-
CALENDAR • June 4-7: Advanced Dairy Nutrition Short-
course, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Visit:
www.ansci.cornell.edu/dm/dncourse/ • June 6-7: Indiana Professional Dairy Produc-
ers Summer Farm & Industry Tour (Southwest
Michigan). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• June 13-14: Four-State Dairy Nutrition Confer-
ence, Dubuque, Iowa. Visit www.uwex.edu/ces/
dairynutrition/ • June 19-21: Vita Plus Calf Summit, Green Bay,
• July 15-19: American Dairy Science Associa-
tion/American Society of Animal Science An-
nual Meeting, Phoenix, Ariz. Visit www.jtmtg.
org/2012/ • July 29-Aug. 2: International Congress on Ani-
mal Reproduction, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada. Visit www.icar2012.com/
• July 31-Aug. 1: Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange,
Shelbyville, Ky. Visit www.ca.uky.edu/anr/
• Aug. 7-9: Empire Farm Days, Seneca Falls,
N.Y. Visit www.empirefarmdays.com/
• Sept. 20-22: AABP, Montreal, Quebec. Visit
www.aabp.org/meeting/ • Oct. 2-6: World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis. Visit
www.worlddairyexpo.com/ • Oct. 16-17: Midwest Rural Energy Council Ad-
vanced Stray Voltage Analysis course, Madison,
Wis. Visit www.cals.wisc.edu/ccs/
CurrentPrograms.html enced and beginning graziers. Fair Hill Farm
and St. Brigid’s Farm in Kent County have
agreed to host the on-farm portions of the con-
ference. For more program information, contact Dr.
Steve Washburn at 919-515-7726 or e-mail
email@example.com. capital efﬁ ciency and overall return on assets of
high-proﬁ t farms. Strategic changes resulting
in improvement in management and ﬁ nancial
parameters were identiﬁ ed and summarized.
Information about the strategies and the
speciﬁ cs on how to implement them may be
accessed two ways:
1) Audio recordings detailing the research
and its ﬁ ndings are available online, free of
charge, at extension.psu.edu. Click on the
“Dairy” link to visit the Penn State Extension
What proven strategies and tools can Dairy Team website.
dairy producers use to become more proﬁ table?
2) Agribusiness professionals may also
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team spent the schedule Penn State educators to offer presenta-
past two years investigating the practices of a
tions about the new dairy proﬁ tability research
cross section of Pennsylvania dairy farms, and and strategies to their clients.
is ready to share its research ﬁ ndings.
For more information, contact the Penn State
“We found great opportunities to increase
Extension Dairy Team at 888-373-7232 or visit
proﬁ ts on dairy operations,” noted Rebecca
White, senior project associate with the Penn
State Extension Dairy Team. “For example, the
farms in the study lost on average $242/cow/
year due to a high herd average days in milk.”
In 2010, the Penn State Extension Dairy
There will be a new ”big cheese” on
Team began the dairy proﬁ tability research
Cornell University’s campus beginning this
project, titled: “Whole Farm Assessment Tools
fall. Cornell Big Red Cheddar is slated to hit
to Identify Strategies for Increased Dairy Farm
campus eateries and the shelves of the Cornell
Proﬁ tability.” Financial and production data
Store in November.
collected from dairies were analyzed to deter-
Please turn to page 36
mine relationships between operational and
Penn State identifies
Big Red Cheddar
coming to Cornell
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www.dfamilk.com • Oct. 16-18: 74th Annual Cornell Nutrition Con-
ference for Feed Manufacturers, East Syracuse,
N.Y. Visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/cnconf/
• Oct. 18-20: 2012 Annual Agricultural Law
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aglaw-assn.org/aalaEvents.htm • Nov. 27-28: Midwest Dairy Expo, St. Cloud,
Minn. Visit www.mnmilk.org/
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